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IIDA Student Mentoring Program: Be a Mentor


IIDA Student Mentoring Program: Be a Mentor

Now is your chance to give back to the future of design and let one or two interior design students shadow you for a one-day crash course in the interior design industry. Mentors have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of designers and connect with potential future employees at a critical moment in their education.

Who Should Participate

Current design professionals, manufacturer representatives, dealers, and educators who want to elevate the education of interior design students through real world experience.


The Student Mentoring Program pairs one or two IIDA Student Members with a mentor. Students will shadow mentors for one day at their mentor’s office. Pairings are based on the availability and proximity of mentors and students. If a mentor’s firm would like to mentor additional students, please have each mentor sign up individually.


Registration for mentors opens on Thursday, November 15, 2018, and closes on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their student/mentor pairings on Monday, February 11, 2019. 

FAQ: What You Should Know

Need more information or want to know why you should participate? Read our list of Frequently Asked Questions. For tips on how to make the most of your day, read the IIDA Student Mentoring Guide for mentors.


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Contact Information

For more information about the program, contact