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Prepare for the Unexpected
Stay prepared for life's curveballs. A stain remover pen makes swift work of spills, while a blister pad takes the sting out of new shoes. Bonus points if your boss happens to need an item in your arsenal of contingency plans.
Upgrade the Brown Paper Bag
Lunch is a great time to mingle with your office mates. Leave the retro lunch box in your dorm, and invest in a simple yet stylish tote for the break room, along with leak-proof food containers to keep accidents at bay.
A Few of Your Favorite Things
Pick out your favorite pen. Learning the ropes of your new industry requires a lot of note-taking. A personal stash of your best-loved office supplies can get you in the groove and make your new desk feel like home.
Take Control of Paperwork
A simple portfolio or personal organizer demonstrates your commitment and shows that you've retired your old binder. Plus, you can use it to organize any documents you may need to fill out first-day paperwork. Remember to pack extra folders to color-code any files that come your way.
A Place for Everything
If your new job involves keeping your schedule running smoothly, organization is paramount. A paper calendar helps you visualize better than a screen, while desk organizers keep pens and paperclips at the ready while you answer phones.
Electronic Extras for the Industry
Invest in extras that are tailored to your industry. Does the job involve being on your phone constantly? Show your boss that you understand the importance of staying connected by bringing along a new charger. If you expect to answer calls or transcribe paperwork, pack headphones or a document holder.
A Carry-All That Covers Your Bases
Interns may be just be starting out on the corporate ladder, but looking polished and put-together can help you climb the rungs faster. Invest in a quality bag that suits the company's culture and provides ample room for workday essentials, including your laptop and files or promotional materials you may be asked to transport.