Why participate?

  • Understand better the connection between academics and the future

  • Identify skills needed for career success

  • Gain increased exposure to the professional community

  • Make more accurate and informed career choices

What does it take?

  • Apply to participate between October 3-12, 2018
    Note: students will not be able to register until they have completed the Career Assessment from Ms. Ricci

  • Submit contract to Ms. Ricci by Monday, October 22.

  • Check your email for placement information (October 26)

  • Attend a required information session on Wednesday, November 7, in the auditorium at lunch, where you will connect with others visiting the same site

  • Make transportation arrangements to work-site

  • Contact host by November 15, 2018 and submit copy of email and transportation form (signed by your parents) to Ms. Ricci

  • Prepare for work-site visit by reviewing dress code and conduct standards and by conducting background research on host site

  • Write thank you note to hosts and complete evaluation form and bring both to the required debrief session at school on December 7 at lunch in the auditorium.

By following an office’s dress code, you demonstrate that you are a professional who respects your appearance in front of customers and coworkers.  Whether the code calls for formal or informal dress, your appearance is the first indicator to customers and coworkers that you are prepared for your responsibilities.  Professional dress can also make young employees appear older and more experienced in workplace rules

Note: In all cases, hats are unacceptable unless worn for religious, cultural or safety purposes. Avoid clothing with words or logos (other than pocket stitch) and heavy application of perfume/cologne.

Business Professional

  • Employees directly interact with customers or high-level supporters and investors

  • The chief concern in this office is giving a professional appearance

  • Examples: President and First Lady, TV news anchors


  • Full-length pressed dress slacks (not khakis or cargo pants)

  • Pressed long-sleeved dress shirt buttoned to the top button (not polo) and tucked in

  • Necktie and belt

  • Clean dress shoes or loafers with or without laces

  • Sport coat optional but recommended, and should match pants

  • A full suit is best for any meeting with clients or investors


  • Full-length pressed dress slacks

  • Pressed long-sleeved or ¾ sleeve button-down shirt, blouse or sweater

  • Skirts or dresses hemmed at or below the knee

  • No tank tops, spaghetti straps or strapless shirts or short pants

  • Closed-toed shoes with a 3” heel or shorter

  • Stockings/pantyhose in cool weather

  • Jacket is optional but recommended, and should match pants or skirt

  • A full suit is best for any meeting with clients or investors

Business Casual or "Smart" Casual

  • An office that calls for business casual may have some interaction with customers or investors

  • Smart casual has direct interaction with customers and requires employees to express themselves through their attire

  • The chief concern is maintaining a professional appearance while maintaining employee comfort

  • Examples: Teachers, designers


  • Pressed long-sleeved dress shirt, sweater or polo – tucked in

  • Belt

  • Clean dress shoes or loafers

  • Stylish jewelry


  • Same as above, however a cardigan set may take the place of button-down shirt or sweater

  • Modest boots are appropriate footwear if covered by pants or matched to a knee-length skirt

  • Shirts may be un-tucked if they are tailored or fitted. No uncovered shoulders/sleeveless shirts

  • Stylish jewelry


  • An office that calls for industrial attire usually does not directly serve customers or investors or may be in an industry that requires messy or physical labor

  • The chief concern is employees’ comfort and safety

  • On the jobsite, employees may need to wear goggles, helmets, gloves, hairnets, an apron or work coats and must be able to fit these items over what they are already wearing

  • Examples: ER Doctors, Top Chef contestants

Men and Women:

  • Jeans or heavy workpants

  • Heavy or steel-toed shoes with thick soles (for foot protection)

  • Long-sleeved cotton shirt tucked in; belt

  • Hair should be pulled back

  • Caution should be taken to not wear any dangling or fragile jewelry that could cause injury

Questions? Please contact:

Chelsea Soneira
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington
(301) 838-0470