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Call for Students


"My mentor session provided me with a better understanding of the vendor and rep side of the design field. Prior to my session, I had no idea how closely connected reps are with the firms they service." -2015 Student   


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

The period to apply to the 2018 program is now open! Apply as a mentee.

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 random and based on the availability and proximity of mentors and students.


Registration for students opens Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, and closes Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Applicants will be notifed of their student/mentor pairings on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

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. Throughout your mentoring session, snap photos or take quick videos. Make sure to use #IIDAsmp in your posts and tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at @iida_hq. 

Contact Information

For more information about the program, contact