This article offers tips on how to dress for a youth internship. In addition to gaining experience and exposure, an internship positions you to be the recipient of opportunities for jobs, contacts, scholarships, fellowships, and more. Therefore, it’s imperative that you dress for success.
· Never wear tennis shoes.
Unless the you will be interning at a gym or fitness center, tennis shoes should never be worn, even on dress down days. Instead, opt for a pair of casual dress shoes. This rule of thumb goes for young ladies and young men. Since we’re discussing shoes, never wear sandals that resemble house shoes.
· Keep tattoos covered.
If your arms are covered with tattoos, wear long sleeve blouses and shirts. Unfortunately, tattoos send the wrong message, and you’re trying to send the right message. Or, invest in a casual sport coat or tailored jean jacket.
· Invest in a suit.
A suit signals that you mean business. Equally important, you want to fit in at special events. Both young men and young women need to invest in a good suit. You might consider wearing it the first time you meet with the person who will be supervising or mentoring you.
Be creative. Males can pair a jacket with khakis, a nice shirt, and a tie. Females can pair a jacket with a skirt, khakis, or a dress.
· Wear a skirt or dress.
Young ladies always standout when their wearing a dress or skirt. But watch the hemlines and low cuts. You’re not there to pick up a date. Here’s a good way to determine if the dress or skirt is not appropriate. If you would not wear it to church, you should not wear it to your internship. Finally, buy skirts and dresses that are lined. If they do not have a lining, purchase a slip.
· Avoid jeans.
Wearing jeans is a no-no. Like tennis shoes, jeans are for leisure, and you’re not going to an internship to relax or play. Equally important, no leggings or workout tights. Stocking up on dress pants and khakis is a good alternative for males and females.
· Maintain good hygiene.
Keep nails manicured. If your funds are low and you are unable to get a professional manicure, buy a good finger nail file. Always look neat and clean. Keep your hair maintained.
· Keep jewelry to a minimum.
When it comes to jewelry less is always more. So, don’t wear jewelry that’s large and distracting. For those with multiple holes in the ear, only wear one pair. Moreover, remove earrings from your nose and eyes. It is suggested that young men remove all earrings. When the internship is over, you can do what you like. Keep in mind, you want to make the statement, not your accessories.
In summary, an internship is serious business, and you must come prepared to seize the opportunity. Being properly dressed for the occasion says a mouth full. However, by taking the tips in this article seriously, you’re certain to make a strong statement.