Students: What to wear to your internship interview

Are you stumped on what to wear to your internship interview?  First impressions make a huge impact on your potential employer so it’s important you choose the right ensemble. There are ways to present yourself to look dependable and reliable to your potential employer. Your goal is to go for a polished, professional look.  If you are not sure exactly where to start, here are some basic tips on what to wear to an internship interview.

Know what kind of position you are going for

If the position is professional, you will need to look the part.  Being too casual will do more harm than good when the interviewer gets a first look. For a more relaxed atmosphere, business casual will do just fine. Take a second look at the internship posting and determine what kind of atmosphere you will be working in. Then you will have a better idea of how you should look on your interview.

Check the forecast

Be in the know when it comes to the weather for the day of the interview.  You will want to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible without the worry of being too hot or too cold. Is there a chance for rain?  Bring a large umbrella to maintain your perfect interview look. Will there be a high heat index warning for the day of your big interview?  Keep things cool so that you don’t sweat profusely and ruin your look altogether.

Outfit Ideas

For gals, a light blazer paired with a plain undershirt and pencil skirt makes for a beautiful interview ensemble in warmer temperatures.  A simple white blouse can also go a long way.

A blazer provides a professional look

A white shirt and pencil skirt makes a perfect interview lookIn the cooler months, young women can opt for sweaters or full length dresses. You can even add on cute accessories to stay warm like scarves to help bring your winter look together. Looking the part is the name of the game so don’t go too crazy with patterns or colors.  Play it safe and keep it simple yet stylish.

Wear a classy sweater during cooler months

When all else fails, a little black dress (that isn’t too little) is always a go-to options for girls who just aren’t sure what to wear.   Don’t wear clothing that is revealing or that brings attention to your body inappropriately.

A little black dress can provide a refined interview look

For the guys, you can never go wrong with a pressed dress shirt and pants. If the office is more business-like, wear a tie. During cooler months, top your look with a v-neck sweater. You want to show the interviewer that you take the position seriously and aren’t afraid of the challenge.

S pressed shirt & tie makes for a professional outfit

A sweater can provide a nice compliment to your tie

Smiling student adjusting his spectacles while looking far away

If the position is business formal, guys should always opt for a suit.  Be sure that your suit fits properly and isn’t too big or too small.  You also want to make sure that you look respectable.


Are you ready to put together your internship interview look with the help of these awesome tips?  Go to to search for internship opportunities in Rhode Island.  You just might land an interview for the chance of a lifetime.

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Bridge is a program that focuses on connecting employers and students in Rhode Island. The goal of Bridge is to match Rhode Island employers with talented students looking to gain valuable professional experience. Applying knowledge and skills acquired in college to a professional setting is a vital component of a student’s college education. Students who gain relevant internship experience are better prepared for full-time employment after graduation. By hiring interns, employers gain qualified, career-driven young professionals as employees. Student bring with them exposure to cutting edge practices and technology, new insights and philosophies, flexibility and a thirst for knowledge. bRIdge has a particular focus on connecting students and employers from specialized fields such as Business, Science, IT, Technology, Health, Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The bRIdge website allows employers to post paid or unpaid internships online and directly reach out to a vast and talented pool of students. College students and recent graduates can sign up and start looking for an appropriate professional learning opportunity in minutes. bRIdge is a program of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) and RISLA’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island. RISLA has joined up with Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to bring together academia, business and community. If you have any questions about this program or if you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

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