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Career Closet

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

Racks of clothing

Mission and Values

Fostering student success by ensuring equitable access to professional attire. We are dedicated to serving Broncos of all genders, body types, and life stages.

Logistics

Open to all active Boise State students and recent grads (less than 5 years since graduation).

The closet uses a give-away model, allowing you to keep items you have selected. There is a limit of 4 items per semester.

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

Hours

Accessible by appointment Tuesdays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please give at least one business day advance notice for appointments.

Open each semester; Fall, Spring, Summer (limited hours). Closed on Fridays, weekends, major holidays and University breaks.

Need access to the closet outside these times? Let us know by emailing cobecareers@boisestate.edu. 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.

Appointments

Interested in using the closet?

Please complete the following appointment request form.

Note! Your request is not complete until you receive confirmation from our staff.

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.

Fund

Monetary donations are always welcome. In-kind gifts will fund dry cleaning and operating costs, as well as supplement 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, scarfs, and padfolios. Donation guidelines and items most needed are listed. If your items are used, please launder them prior. Unusable items will be discarded or re-donated.

Due to high inventory, we are only accepting donations on a case-by-case basis. Reach out to us with a short list of the items you would like to donate by calling (208) 426-3862 or emailing cobecareers@boisestate.edu.

If you wish to receive a tax deduction for donation of new items, you will need to provide your purchase receipt and fill out a non-cash gift form. For assistance with this process, please contact a Boise State Development Director. For donation of used items, our staff can provide a basic receipt upon request.

Items Needed:

  • Suit jackets and blazers (smaller sizes, feminine cuts, modern fabrics)
  • Slacks (smaller sizes, masculine cuts, plain prints)
  • 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 (unless brand new), jewelry, luggage or bags