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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 and alumni. Available items are perfect for interviews, career fairs, research conferences and other professional events.

Racks of clothing

Logistics

The Career 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 and recent alumni can “shop” the closet during scheduled appointments. The checkout process requires a Boise State ID number and completion of a short survey.

Appointments

Before visiting the closet, email cobecareers@boisestate.edu to set up your appointment. During your appointment, please adhere to all Campus Public Health Guidelines.

Hours

The closet is open each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer). Closed on weekends, major holidays and University breaks. Currently, the closet is accessible by individual appointment only, Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Need urgent access to the closet outside of a Thursday? Email us and we will do the best to accommodate your situation.

Location

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

Mission and Values

The Career Closet fosters student success by ensuring equitable access to free professional attire. Career Closet staff and volunteers value accessibility, inclusion and professionalism.

Origins

Early in her junior year, Cierra Abellera (Psychology B.S., 2019) was preparing for a multi-day 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. Since then, both organizations have worked collaboratively to build a comfortable and welcoming space. Cierra hopes that the Career Closet will always be a resource to address this need.

Ways to Support

Your generosity and community support make 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. Items most needed are listed below.

Please note! Inventory is currently high, so we ask that you closely adhere to donation criteria. If your items are used, please launder them prior to donation. Unusable items will be re-donated.

Donations are currently accepted by remote pick up only. Arrange a day and time by calling (208) 426-3862 or emailing cobecareers@boisestate.edu.

Items Needed:

  • Suit jackets and blazers (all genders, all sizes)
  • Slacks and pants (women’s, sizes 10 – 16, neutral colors)
  • Slacks and pants (men’s, small x tall sizes, black)
  • Ties (especially solid colors)

Items to Avoid:

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  • Out of date items (bought 5+ years ago)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