What To Bring

Clothing

Most of Silicon Valley is a very casual place, so a large supply of "business attire" outfits are generally not needed. Some employers are more "business casual" while many are simply "casual."  There will likely be one or two "business casual" events per semester.  Here are some items you should consider bringing:

  • Business Suit (one should do it unless you are working at a very formal office - we recommend speaking to your employer about their culture/expectations)
  • Dress shoes
  • Neckwear (for men)
  • Business casual outfit(s)
  • Nice jeans
  • Sturdy Walking Shoes
  • Casual outerwear
  • Sweaters
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Rain shoes (very rarely needed)
  • Warm jacket
  • Gloves

 

Books and Electronics

  • Notebooks (two or three: one for each class and an extra for the independent study)
  • Laptop
  • Mobile Phone
  • HDMI Cable
  • Backpack
  • Printer (an inexpensive black and white printer is suggested)

 

Kitchen Supplies

The apartments are stocked with basic kitchen equipment: pots, pans, blender, silverware, plates, cups, mugs, cooking utensils, etc. Some students have found that they wanted more cooking supplies, so if you're an experienced cook, consider packing a few extra items. Electrical kitchen appliances are not included (Cuisinart, mixer, etc.)

 

Bedding & Bath Items

The apartments are stocked with some bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, bed linens, pillows, blankets, etc. Some students bring their own personal pillows, twin sheets, etc. You will need to bring or purchase when you arrive: 

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Misc Personal Toiletries
  • Tissue
  • Toilet Paper

 

Household Items

The apartments each have an iron, ironing board, a TV, a washer and dryer. You will need to bring or purchase when you arrive

  • Hangers
  • Laundry Soap 
  • Paper Towels

 

A Final Word

As one SVP student recently put it, bring "a clean slate. SVP students should clear their schedule before coming, so they can fully immerse themselves in their internships, classes, and extra-curricular activities." 

Contact

Center for Global Education

Claremont McKenna College
500 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 621-8267
Fax: (909) 607-8690
Email:

Campus Location

500 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711