The 20 Wardrobe Essentials Every Summer Intern Needs

Because presentation matters

When it comes to internships, you always want to make a good impression. After all, a great internship experience has the potential to lead to a job opportunity after graduation.

In my own experience, my mentors and professors have always told me to always dress for success, as presentation can get you far. However, sometimes looking the part can be a struggle, especially when you're a broke college kid. Let's be real—between rent, tuition, and books, we can barely afford an order of fries, let alone the latest designer gear. But, if you look hard enough, you can find professional (and stylish) attire that won't break the bank. Luckily for you, we've compiled a list of affordable yet chic summer essentials—from dresses to bags and shoes—that are appropriate for professional and creative environments.

Start building your professional wardrobe by browsing our favorites in the gallery, below.