Scholarship Opportunities!

Scholarships have started opening up everywhere for the 2018-2019 school year and it is never to early to start applying!

Firstly, the College of DuPage has lots of wonderful in-house scholarship opportunities, that many students don’t know about, and not all of them need you to fill out a FAFSA form to qualify. To get a general overview of of the college’s scholarship opportunities, click here.

The college also uses an easy-to-use system for matching students to the scholarships. It works a lot like the Common Application for colleges. You can find that system here, and you log in with your myaccess/blackboard/email log in.

Another great source of scholarships is from the professional organizations for the Interior Design Community. IIDA, ASID, and NEWH all have their own scholarships that they give to Interior Design students on a regular basis. All of these and the NKBA have student competitions that give money and scholarships to the winners.

Good luck to all that apply!

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Submissions for IIDA RED Awards Now Open!

2018 IIDA RED Logo Square

The Illinois Chapter of the International Interior Design Association is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 6th Annual Recognizing Exemplary Design Awards. Help us to celebrate Interior Design in Illinois by submitting a project that has been completed in the past 2 years. Entrants can submit to one or more category, ranging from commercial to residential, students to hospitality and more. Winners will be announced at the RED Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Venue SIX10, as well as featured on the IIDA Illinois Chapter website and social media and in Contract Magazine. Winning projects will also have the opportunity to be toured by members of the IIDA Illinois Chapter in the following year, which is exposure that you can’t get anywhere else. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your Exemplary Design Recognized!

Best of all, student entries are FREE!

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Job Opportunity: Lifestyle Design in Geneva

Lifestyle Design

Internship/Part Time Position

We are a growing residential design firm located in Geneva looking for a talented individual to assist in many aspects of our business growth. If you are an enthusiastic self-starter who enjoys learning and working with people please consider the following.

Design Intern Role & Responsibilities:

  • Support designers in all aspects of design work
  • CAD work to support projects, space planning and creating technical documents
  • 3D renderings of spaces
  • Manage client projects, documents, and files
  • Social media development and management
  • Assist in designing marketing materials for the business
  • Maintain design library

This position will be paid hourly with 10-15 hours a week dependent on work load.

Please email your resume for consideration to:

(note from Jane: one of our 2016 graduates, Kelly Donnelly Trotz, started here part-time and is now a full-time designer – and loves it; this is a wonderful firm to work for)

Job Opportunity: Hinsdale Lighting

Hinsdale Lighting

Hinsdale Lighting has expanded and is selling furniture and accessories – in addition to fabulous lighting. If you are interested in full time or part time work, send a resume and cover letter to Karen Lang, Hinsdale Lighting President and good friend of the COD Interior Design program at: .

With the exploding importance of instagram…they are looking for someone who loves design and has an interest in marketing – to spend a little time doing that as well!

ASID Illinois Charrette Competition


Come put your skills to the test in one of the industry’s oldest competition forms, the charrette. Work with other students and emerging professionals to create a design, all while under a time limit. This is a great way to meet other interior designers and to get your work seen by professionals!

This event is held at The Mart in downtown Chicago on Thursday, February 15th, and tickets are $5 for students, though free tickets can be acquired by using code DCSTUDENTFREE.

If you are planning to go, please let Jane know so she can give the organizers an idea of how many we have.

And did we mention that we are the reigning champs?


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IIDA Illinois Chapter Graphic Design Competition

How would you like to start the year off with $1000? the IIDA Illinois chapter is holding their first inaugural logo design competition! This is a great way to brush up on your graphic design and Photoshop over the break.

The chapter needs a cohesive branding for their events, and would like chapter members to design them. They would like you design individual logos for the following events:

  • Stitch, a fashion competition
  • CEU events
  • Designer Drinks
  • Designed to Find Scavenger Hunt
  • You. Me. We.
  • Bizarre Bazaare

The first prize winner earns $1000, their logos used in 2018 publications and social media recognition, and the second and people’s choice winner earns a ticket to Photobash and social media recognition.

Click here for more information and the submission guidelines.

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Internship at Frank Cooney Company

Happy Holidays! Give yourself the gift of new opportunities this break by applying to this newly opened part-time, paid internship at Frank Cooney Company. Located in Wood Dale, they specialize in K-12 education environments. This is a truly unique opportunity, apply today!

Full job description:

Internship/ Part Time Position:

We are a contract furniture dealer specializing in education spaces currently accepting applications for an Interior Design Assistant/Intern to assist our lead designer. We are one of the largest independent educational furniture dealers in the United Sates. We work primarily with K-12 but do some higher education projects as well. This is a paid internship and we will work with your schedule.

Assist our lead designer with providing visual materials to our sales team whether it be 2D or 3D layouts, renderings, fabric selection or digital presentations. We do primarily education so we will be doing layouts of classrooms, libraries, STEM labs, etc. on a daily basis. We provide the visuals for our sales team in order to sell our product.

We prefer someone who is a recent interior design graduate or is working toward an interior design degree.

  • Assist in space planning and design using Autocad, Adobe Suites, and 2020 Giza. We will train on Giza, but you must know other programs.
  • Fabric and Material Selection
  • Furniture Specification
  • Know how to balance multiple tasks at once.
  • Maintaining fabric & sample library
  • Developing multimedia presentations for clients
  • Update an help develop Social Media Accounts
  • Updating events on Website

Looking for someone to start immediately.

Paid hourly postion: $9-10 per hour

15-30 hours per week, possibly more depending on project load, though we will work with your school schedule.

Please send your Resume and a sample of your work (small or large format) to:

Stephanie Freer

Internship Opportunity at hk+c

The design firm hk+c, located in Rogers Park, is looking for an intern for the Spring Semester. This is an excellent opportunity as hk+c gets a lot of press coverage, both local and nationally. On top of that, the internship is paid, with between 15-20 hours of work per week. This internship would start immediately and end on June 1st, with the possible opportunity to extend the internship.

From the company, here’s a little more about the company and who they’re looking for:

hk+c is a holistic design agency that harnesses the power of design to affect the human experience. Our clients takes us across the globe with active projects in Chicago, throughout the States and Australia, the Caribbean, and Europe. As a small team, we work together everyday, and together we get to experience all aspects of various projects.  We work as a collection of talent coming together with a unique lens and voice on the project approach.
Our office is located in Rogers Park, a northern neighborhood of Chicago.

We craft brands, manifest art direction, and produce creative prototyping. We design stunning interior spaces, build restaurants (from the architecture to the menus), and consult on hospitality kitchens. We strategize and implement pop-ups + large scale events. we design experiences.

We build each team for the need.  With an ever-growing collection of talent, we serve our partners with a team crafted for their vision.  We keep it simple – make it emotional, make it effective, make it easy and deliver an elegant experience.

We believe that everyone has style within them because we all have a story.  We articulate that life story into physical form, helping our partners live their best life.  Design is the force that enables us to live more beautiful and powerful lives.

“Whether the need is a moment or a test of time – Story. Style. Life. Discover Yours.”

Intern Qualities:

  • Proficient in AutoCAD
  • Proficient in Google Sheets and Docs
  • Understanding of InDesign; SketchUp; Adobe Photoshop
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Basic understanding of floor and wall materials
  • Basic understanding of lighting, cabinetry, and appliances
  • Ability to efficiently multi-task and problem solve
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work on site with our team to complete installations

Above all – comes to the table with an “up for anything” attitude.

All applicants should send a cover letter, resume and portfolio to Bobby Diamond at

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Interior Design Professionals Night

The COD Interior Design Student Organization is hosting a Q&A night with local Interior Design Professionals on November 28th at 5:30 PM. Come and meet representatives from local design firms from across all sectors, many of whom are program alumni or on our advisory board.

They will be answering questions about working in the industry, what employers are looking for, and other questions submitted by students. This also is a great opportunity to network with possible future employers, so bring your business cards!


Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
5:30 PM


TEC Building, 3rd Floor
College of DuPage
425 22nd Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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ASID Holiday Party

While this month is about eating turkey and visiting family, the holidays are nearly upon us! Celebrate with ASID at the new Armazem showroom on Monday, December 4th at 5:30 PM. Bites and cocktails are provided.


And a party is not complete without fun and games! The student ornament design challenge is now open and the winner gets a free student ASID membership! Portrait Sketch Artist and Fashion Illustrator Kristine Steiner will be on site as well, creating custom portrait sketches of guests, and tickets for this opportunity are on sale now!