Students don’t have to spend the summer with “Malcolm in the Middle” reruns and without cash.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is accepting applications for its summer-hire program, offering high schoolers ages 15 and older temporary jobs at $5.14 an hour. Students 16 years and older can also apply for regular employment through the exchange, with salaries varying by the job.

Either way, they can now apply online at Summer hires should apply by May 26, so they’ll be ready for training in June. Other than temporary U.S. government jobs on base, the exchange program is the only game in Europe for students.

“The positions in the big stores fill up quickly,” said Jillian Messina, a personnel manager for exchange stores in the Kaiserslautern, Germany, area. She’s already fielding calls about the jobs, which typically attract several applicants. “especially the 15-year-olds wanting a little extra money for the summer. And all through the year we hire students for normal positions.”

Exchange stores across Europe offer summer-hire programs, but openings will vary from post to post. Students should check the AAFES Web site for jobs in their area.

The exchange has a new automated hiring system called “Aahs,” pronounced “Oz.” AAFES spokeswoman Jeanne McDonald said it’s just a matter of clicking on the “employment” link, browsing regular job openings and submitting a profile.

“It should actually make summer hiring even easier.”

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