WHAT TO WEAR: Internship

In a world where it’s not just what you know, but who you know, an internship is an essential step in a college education today. Having an internship can open doors and may teach you those important lessons that sitting in class doesn’t quite make possible. Whether you’re running to get coffee, writing press releases or shadowing a senator, you’ll be meeting the higher-ups that are there to help you achieve your goals. You might not have clients of your own, but it’s important to look the part and take yourself seriously as a necessary piece of a company when you are interning.

This Fashionista’s ensemble is ideal for that first sweaty-palmed, heart-pumping interview or just your typical copy-making intern afternoon. The main pieces in her outfit stay classy and polished. The quintessential piece every young professional woman should own is the classic black pencil skirt, like the one this Fashionista is sporting. If the professional world had a starter kit, the black, knee-length pencil skirt would be first on the list. It can then be paired with any blouse, from bright colors to funky patterns or anything in between. This Fashionista chose a patterned button-down top that is youthful, while still looking like she’s ready to get straight down to business.

Since you or I haven’t stepped completely into the real world, where 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. is our routine and everybody is working for the weekend, it’s okay to show your age and spice up the office outfit with some fresh pieces. Choosing a fierce heel, like this Fashionista, or stirring up your arm candy game is the ultimate way in which to still look top-notch while keeping your youth.

Remember, that even though you may not get paid for the job you are doing, the experience you gain while interning can affect your life in some of the greatest ways. While representing both the company and yourself, it is crucial to do so with prestige and professionalism, even when it comes to your outfit.

One Simple Change: Looking for the perfect outfit for an interview setting? Try this trendy look, but try adding a simple blazer in order to amp up your professionalism.