Next week, I will be heading to New York City to intern at a fashion-based public relations company. As excited as I am to be embarking on this new adventure, the thought of packing 11 weeks of clothing in only a few suitcases seems nearly impossible. So what do you actually need?
DO find out what the work atmosphere will be like. If you interviewed with the company in-person, you should have been aware of everything about the office including what people were wearing. If you didn’t interview in-person (or were just too nervous/anxious to be observant), feel free to shoot your internship coordinator a quick email.
DO NOT forget about the weekends! Although you will be spending the majority of your time at the office, don’t forget to bring clothing for weekend activities!
DO research where you will be living. If you are staying in any type of dorm, you will need bedding and other miscellaneous items whether it is a desk lamp, towels or a shower curtain. Decide which of these items to will pack and which you will purchase when you get to the city.
DO NOT over-pack! As hard as it may be, try to only bring the items you absolutely need. For work, I would recommend coming up with a few outfits beforehand. This way you will be able to determine whether you need all of the clothing items that you are packing, how to style each outfit, and how many times you should expect to rotate your outfits. The more room you save for office attire, the more room you will have to bring fun weekend clothing!
So now that we got through all of the do’s and don’ts, what exactly should you wear to your internship? Below are three looks I am loving for a summer internship. Keep in mind that if your work environment is NOT business casual, you should stay more towards Look #3. You might be able to pull off Look #1 but I would wait until you are 100% sure of how everyone else in the office dresses. Better to be overdressed on your first day on the job rather than underdressed.
LOOK ONE: Calypso Butterfly Top; Z Spoke by Zac Posen Skirt; Chinese Laundry Heels. LOOK TWO: Elizabeth & James Blazer; Juicy Couture Bow Dress; Vera Wang Lavender Ballet Flats; Michael Kors Watch. LOOK THREE: Theory Jumpsuit; Theory Blazer; United Bamboo Belt; Black Pumps.
LOOK ONE: I am absolutely in love with this Z Spoke by Zac Posen skirt. I found this skirt at Off Fifth (which is where I score the greatest deals on designer clothing) and found this to be the perfect skirt for an internship. I have it in navy as well. The pink skirt I pair with an ivory top like this. With the navy, I pair it with it’s matching Z Spoke shell for a chic ensemble. These skirts look great with a variety of tops which is perfect for an internship because you can wear it more than once!
LOOK TWO: In a creative industry, you can easily get away with throwing a blazer on top of your favorite day dress in order to make it a bit more internship appropriate. Throw on your favorite watch, a few other accessories and you are good to go!
LOOK THREE: I was so excited when I found this Theory jumpsuit for $17 and Theory blazer for $20 (both at Off Fifth)! They look great when worn separately but are perfect for a more professional work atmosphere when paired together. Throw on a pair of heels, a black skinny belt and you are all set for a full day of interning!
OTHER TIPS & TRICKS
- For your first day or any day you know you will be running around or standing on your feet for long periods of time, wear flats or wedges. Your feet will thank you!
- If you invest in a few different style/color blazers and dress pants – you will be all set. These two items are so easy to mix-and-match and are 100% internship appropriate.
- Make sure to pack a notebook as well! You will want to bring it with you daily to take notes and keep yourself organized.