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  • Aly Seidel-Thorn 1:31 pm on August 12, 2013 Permalink
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    What to Wear? 

    My supervisor wears polo shirts, the VP of my department wears dresses, and one of the other interns wears ball caps. It can be near impossible to understand the “business casual” look, especially for women. How short can your skirt be? How high is too high of a heel? It’s 90 degrees out, do I seriously have to wear a bolero with this dress? Here are a few tips on how to navigate that tricky professional work wear.

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    • Julia Beyer 7:06 pm on August 27, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for your tips, Aly. I am including a link to this in the SOC Spot Newsletter.

  • jv9968a 3:50 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink
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    What To Wear When They Don’t Care 

    I started my internship at Riot Act Comedy Theater in late August, and on my first day there, I dressed up. No one had mentioned any dress code, but seeing as this was a professional establishment, I assumed business attire was appropriate

    When I arrived, my boss greeted me in shorts and sandals. As it turns out, during the day, the Comedy Club is fairly casual. They want to be approachable, cool. Riot Act opened in mid-August, they were the new kids on the block. Of course my boss would suit up for meetings and every night for the shows/events, but during the day he was able to take it easy.

    I casually asked what was appropriate for an intern to wear, he replied “Whatever I want.” Suddenly the freedom of my clothing became overwhelming. Do I dress down? Do I wear flip flops? What do my clothes say about my respect for my internship?

    I decided to take this freedom and use it to my advantage. I decided to always dress to impress, but since I did have this ‘wear whatever I want’ allowance, I was going to be creative. I wanted to show Riot Act I took my position seriously, while also expressing my creativity. Since I was held down by the term ‘business casual’ I started arriving at my internship in a bright red dresses, or patterned tights, chunky jewelry, or yellow high heels. To me, my outfits say I’m composed but expressive; I know how to do a lot with a little; and I have confidence in myself.

    Obviously, not all internships are this flexible, but the point is – know how the clothing you wear to an internship reflects upon you. If there is a serious dress code, follow it; if there is some flexibility, use that to express your individuality. It can give you an edge and it can make it memorable. It doesn’t take a lot, accessories are small and can make a huge statement.

    Dress to Impress. It’s fun, it’s free, and you will look fantastic.

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    • Francine Blume 6:39 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is great! You should post a photo of you all dressed up at your internship site! The kind of contrasts nicely with the other blog post encouraging folks to wear whatever they want to the interview so that they can be themselves. I don’t really endorse dressing creatively at interviews because that usually makes people not take you seriously. But how great that you found an internship where you can dress creatively!

  • Geoff Silverstein 5:26 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink
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    Looking Good 

    Use winter break to gear up for your spring internship. Follow a few quick tips from Career Advisor, Jenn Carignan, to help you on your way.

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