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Home for the holidays, college students hunt for summer work

Emily Baer,  a Boston University senior: “My parents place a lot of emphasis on making sure I have an income.”
Emily Baer, a Boston University senior: “My parents place a lot of emphasis on making sure I have an income.” Credit: David L. Ryan/Globe staff

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College students home for the holidays will be bouncing between family get-togethers, catching up with friends, and bracing for the inevitable squabbles with parents over cars and curfews.

But high on the Yuletide to-do list this season will be hunting for jobs and internships. With the economy limping and college debt piling up like snow, the heat is on students — and parents who help foot their bills — to spend time over winter break polishing resumes, buttonholing contacts, and hustling to line up stimulating (and, ideally, paying) work for next summer.

“The pressure has ratcheted up so much,” said Carleton Kendrick, a family therapist from Millis who says the job scramble often comes up during his therapy sessions with parents.

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