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Giving Back In Style

Preparing Vikings To Enter The Professional World

Established in the spring of 2020, the Career Closet began as an annual event that has provided access to more than 6,000 free, career-ready attire pieces to over 1,000 student Vikings with the initial goal of helping students navigate their job and internship searches with confidence. The career readiness program is part of Salem State’s mission to foster inclusivity by removing financial barriers so talented and driven students are prepared for interviews, internships, networking events, and more.  

As of fall 2023, the Career Closet is now a permanent service at the university. Students can book shopping appointments to access new and gently used professional attire and accessories of all sizes, including gender-inclusive selections. From shoes and full suits to ties and padfolios, students have the opportunity to shop at the closet once per semester. Included in the service are additional resources on affordable ways to build a professional wardrobe and information on other important career services.  

“It’s a joy to see our students make a memorable first impression with employers as they strive to achieve their career goals. I am proud of how the Career Closet has grown and brought the Salem State community together in support of our incredible Vikings,” says Helaina Polito, associate director of career services. “Every piece in the Career Closet is offered at no cost and career services staff are available to offer styling advice and tools to help students navigate their job or internship search with confidence.”  

As the North Shore’s comprehensive regional university, with one of the most diverse student populations in the Massachusetts system, Salem State has a proud legacy of unlocking the doors of opportunity, and this program continues to carry out that legacy. 

“I’ve had the privilege of supporting our career services team since my tenure at Salem State began over five years ago through initiatives like the annual Job and Internship Fair and Career Closet,” says Nicole Healy, assistant director in advancement, who has donated professional attire to the program. “This is an opportunity unlike any other, providing students with the confidence and tools that they need to be successful in the everchanging professional landscape. These critical opportunities help our students close the equity gap and create a safe space for them to reach the career goals they’ve worked so hard to achieve.”   

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