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IIDA Student Mentoring Program


IIDA Student Mentoring Program: Be a Mentee

The IIDA Student Mentoring Program gets students out of the classroom and into the world of design by pairing students with an interior design professional, one-on-one, for an entire day.

Who Should Participate

IIDA Student Members who would like to gain career insight and advice from professionals in the design community.


IIDA pairs up to two 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.


Registration for students opens on Thursday, November 15, 2018, and closes on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Applicants will be notifed of their pairings on Monday, February 11, 2019. 

Essay Competition

All student participants are encouraged to write a 2-3 page summary about their experience and submit it to the Wilsonart Essay Competition for a chance to win $1000.

FAQ: What You Should Know

Need more information or want to know why you should participate? Read our list of Frequently Asked Questions. Excited for your big day and need some quick tips? Read the IIDA Student Mentoring Program Guide for mentees.


Share your experience on social. Make sure to use #IIDAsmp in your posts and tag the International Interior Design Association on Facebook and @iida_hq on Instagram and Twitter.

Contact Information

For more information about the program, contact

Win $1,000! Enter the Wilsonart Essay Competition