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student design competition 2016


The Program

The IIDA Student Mentoring Program is one of the most dynamic mentoring programs in the Interior Design industry. Throughout the country, IIDA pairs more than 1,000 students and mentors, taking students out of the classroom and into the real world of interior design.

IIDA will match design students with mentors – interior design professionals, manufacturer representatives, dealers, and interior design educators – for one day of job shadowing. IIDA pairs students with mentors based on location.

After students and mentors are paired, they must coordinate the date of the visit to take place during the month of March 2017. Mentors are responsible for choosing a date.

Important Dates

Mentor and Student Registration Opens – Monday, Nov. 14, 2016
Mentor and Student Registration Closes – Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
Notification of Student/Mentor Pairings – Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

Apply to the Student Mentoring Program

IIDA Student Mentoring Program sign-ups are now closed. Please contact for additional information.

Contact Information

For more information about the program, contact


Congratulations to the 2017 Wilsonart Essay Competition Winner

Suzanne Sabia

The Foundation Trustees are pleased to announce that Suzanne Sabia, Student IIDA, of the University of Alabama and the IIDA Alabama Chapter, is the recipient of the 2017 Wilsonart Essay Competition $1,000 cash award. In her winning essay she shares her Student Mentoring Program experience at Office Pavilion in Houston, Texas.

"The most valued experience to me is not a short cut in AutoCAD or a particular sales pitch that will land the client, but having a positive network that surrounds me and knowing that there are genuine people around me who want to see me succeed."
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