04 April 2009

College Interns Don't Always Get to Wear Sandals

Spring and summer invite sandals—but not all internship sites do.

Footware and clothing rules have changed a lot in the past decade. But many intern locations impose rules about what you can wear on the job, sometimes based on style and sometimes based on safety.

Not all sandals are equal, of course. From leather to plastic, from buckled to flip-flop, the range is important. The most shoe-like sandal may be accepted. The beach style flip-flip may be rejected.

Ask before you wear... OR pack an alternative in a book bag. If you must wear dress shoes on the job, packing an extra pair is very smart to protect the dress shoes from outdoor wear. (Just in case you have to make them last a long time.)

The content on this blog is not offered as legal advice or guidance. Consult your college, advisor, or internship supervisor for help with issues surrounding internships. © 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Dr. Bold is a co-author of the book Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. More about Dr. Bold can be learned at www.marybold.com

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