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Career Closet

Here to help all Broncos look and feel their best, the Career Closet provides donated professional clothing at no cost to Boise State students. Available items are perfect for interviews, career fairs, research conferences and other professional events.

Racks of clothing

Mission and Values

Fostering student success by ensuring equitable access to free professional clothing. We value accessibility, inclusion and professionalism. Above all, we are dedicated to serving Broncos of all genders, body types, and life stages.

Logistics

The closet uses a give-away model, allowing students to keep the items they select. There is a flexible limit of 4 items per student per semester.

Students can “shop” the closet during scheduled appointments. The checkout process requires a Boise State identification card.

Hours

Accessible by individual appointment Mondays – Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The closet is open each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer); closed on weekends, major holidays and University breaks.

Need access to the closet outside these times? Let us know in your appointment request and we will do our best to accommodate your situation.

Location

Micron Business and Economics Building, 1st floor, room 1120. Find us on the campus map.

During your appointment, please adhere to all Campus Health Guidelines.

Appointments

Please submit this appointment request form and we will confirm your reservation via email within 1 business day.

Your reservation IS NOT complete until you receive confirmation back from our staff email, cobecareers@boisestate.edu.

Origins

Early in her junior year, Cierra Abellera (Psychology B.S., 2019) was preparing for a professional research conference with her McNairs Scholars cohort – consisting of first generation, limited income and underrepresented students. Realizing that not all members of her cohort had access to buy or borrow professional clothing, she identified a solution.

In Summer 2018, Cierra and other student representatives from the MLK Living Legacy Committee approached COBE Career Services to house and host the closet. Both organizations worked collaboratively to build a comfortable and welcoming space. Cierra hopes that the closet will always be a resource to address this need.

Ways to Support

Your generosity makes the Career Closet possible. Here are a few ways to support this resource.

Give

Visit our Amazon Wish List to give a variety of items we need for growing and maintaining the closet.

If you wish to receive a tax deduction for your gift, you will need to provide your Amazon purchase receipt and fill out a non-cash gift form. For assistance please contact a Boise State Development Director.

Fund

Monetary donations are always welcome. In-kind gifts will support dry cleaning and operating costs, as well as supplemental inventory purchases. Give to the Career Closet online.

Donate

We encourage donations of clean, gently-worn or new professional clothing in all sizes, including maternity. We also accept some accessories – ties, lapel pins, belts, and scarfs. Donation guidelines and items most needed are listed below. If your items are used, please launder them prior to donation. Unusable items will be discarded or re-donated.

Important! Due to high inventory, donations are currently on hold. Reach out to us by calling (208) 426-3862 or emailing cobecareers@boisestate.edu and we will notify you once we start accepting donations again.

Items Needed:

  • Suit jackets and blazers (all genders and sizes, modern cuts and fabrics)
  • Slacks (all genders, smaller sizes)
  • White collard shirts (all genders, no patterns)
  • Solid colored ties (especially black and navy)

Items to Avoid:

  • Stained, ripped, or severely worn items
  • Out of date items (bought 5+ years ago)
  • Wire hangers
  • Shoes, jewelry, luggage or bags