What to Wear: Internship

As I’m working as a Communications Intern this summer, I’m tasked with finding outfits to wear to the office that’s both professional and cute (i.e. something that I’ll want to wear.)

1. Obviously, you don’t want to wear something flashy or loud, that will distract anyone in the office from seeing how professional you are, which can ruin any potential contacts in your future.

2. Also, anything you’d wear to a club or party scene is out. That leaves out crop tops, super-high heels, tiny dresses, miniskirts, and anything way too tight.

3. Shoes: I know all girls love our heels (me included), but if you’re working a full day– you cannot wear heels unless you can be able to walk in them ALL DAY without complaining. For days at the office, flats (or even wedges) may be your best bet.

4. After your first day, see what the other staff are wearing (especially with shoes!) It’ll help you see what’s appropriate for you to be wearing!

5. A good blazer is an internship staple. (I have three of the same blazer in different colors.) A blazer is an easy way to make your dress, skirt, or slacks look professional.

6. If you’re not interning at a high-powered firm, then most likely a business casual wardrobe will suffice. Think blazers, modest sundresses, ballet flats or professional-looking wedges or small heels, and simple makeup and hair.

EXAMPLES:

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This is a great option. I love the blazer, necklace, skirt, and nude flats. (Nude pumps or heels are a must-have wardrobe staple.) It’s a great business casual option. If you don’t work for a high-powered organization, this is something you could wear any day to the office.

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This is business casual yet trendy. The chevron top and necklace go well with the black skinny jeans, but it’d be more appropriate to wear with a black skirt. And if you substitute the jeans for a skirt, nude heels or wedges would go better that flats, in my opinion.

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This is perfect for a day at your internship. However, the heels are way too high. (You’d be in pain by lunchtime.) So, I’d go with flats. But, I love the printed pants with the peplum top, blazer, and statement necklace. A good statement necklace is an easy way to add some fun to any professional outfit.

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A great choice. Dresses like this one is perfect for a summer internship, and the blazer, necklace, and heels help make it more professional.

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A perfect outfit for summer, and the blazer and wedges make it appropriate for a day at the office. One of my favorites from this post!

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Here’s a very preppy internship option. It looks cute, and it’s office-appropriate for a business casual firm.

When dressing for your internship, it’s important to be confident in what you wear, but also to remain professional, because you never know where this internship may lead.

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