CCO Career Closet

CCO Career Closet

  • The Career Closet is available to students only and schedulable through BoilerConnect (CCO / Career Development & Job Search) 
  • Items are offered based on what is received from donations and not all sizes will be available, which is why the JCP Suit-Up Event is advertised widely. 
  • Donations:  please contact CCO Reception 765-494-3981 to schedule a drop-off time at the CCO located in Young Hall.  Donations also accepted through campus mail or USPS.
  • If your department or student organization wants to conduct a suiting drive, contact for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Name of clothing closet: Purdue CCO Career Closet; established September 2014

Purpose: The Career Closet offers professional attire to students for interviews and job fairs as a lot of students come to campus without these items and/or may not be able to afford them.  The Career Closet provides a free service for these students where they can schedule an appointment with us and take up to one full professional outfit per academic year.

Days and Hours Open: Only during appointment hours, usually Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the academic year.  Use BoilerConnect to see most accurate appointment availability.

Donation Hours: Preferred Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., yet will not turn donations away if someone arrives during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Supported by (i.e., Career Center, Dean’s Office, Corporate Sponsorship, etc.): Purdue Center for Career Opportunities

Do you accept monetary donations and, if so, where does the money end up? Yes, we accept monetary donations; used for size dividers for the rods in the closet, rolling racks, lights for the closet, wrinkle release sprays, men’s socks, and smaller sized items from secondhand stores, etc.

Do students have to return the clothing? No, items are theirs to keep at no charge

Who operates the closet on a day to day basis?

  • Browsing the Career Closet
    • The Career Closet Intern and Student Peer Assistants assist students in need with finding items in their size and showing them the dressing room
  • Career Closet Maintenance
    • Career Closet Intern and Career Closet Coordinator (staff member); Career Closet Intern sorts through the donations and organizes them according to size and item type.  Any donations that do not work for the closet are donated to alternative organization on and off campus.

On an average week, how many hours does it take to manage the closet?

  • Approximately 20 hours, divided between…
    • Coordinator, assisting intern, administrative tasks
    • Intern, 10-15 hours per week (daily maintenance, special projects)
    • Peer Assistants, helping with appointments and helping intern with career closet marketing materials

Items most needed:


  • Blazers/suit sizes 42 and below *NEED
  • Will take sizes 44-48
  • Dress shirts sizes 16/16.5 and below *NEED
  • Dress shoes
  • Belts
  • Plain colored ties
  • Dress pants sizes 35 and below 


  • Button downs
  • Blazers sizes 10 and below
  • Dress shoes (no open toe)