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IIDA Student Mentoring Program

IIDA Student Mentoring Program: Be a Mentee

The IIDA Student Mentoring Program connects students to the real world of interior design by pairing students with an interior design professional. The mentoring window has been extended through June 5, 2020. We encourage students and mentors to connect virtually over the next several months. 


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 for a day of job shadowing. Pairings are based on the availability and proximity of mentors and students.


Registration is now closed, and will re-open in November 2020.

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