Yesterday, representatives from the American Society of Interior Designers stopped by the college to give a presentation on how ASID can help students during their education and into their careers.
ASID often holds events that are prime opportunity for students to meet designers in the industry and network with future employers. Another great way to get internships is to enter in ASID’s Student Portfolio Competition. The competition, which is held in the fall, offers the opportunity to gain an interview with top firms, like Gensler, to the finalists and grand prize winners.
Outside of chapter events, there are also numerous peer-groups through out of Illinois who meet and hold their own events. These events often include visits to show homes and material showrooms. Some peer groups even offer local mentoring opportunities.
ASID also offers many scholarships to students. These scholarships offer up to $5000 to students, and many don’t even require the submission of a project or portfolio. For more information on the available scholarships, click here.
When you have graduated, ASID can help you even more. Your student membership can then become an Allied Membership, which offers you a discounted membership for 5 years. The Illinois Chapter of ASID also has a job posting board specific to the state of Illinois, open to all members.
ASID also presents at NeoCon every year. NeoCon is a three-day convention that centers around the commercial sector of the industry, and is great opportunity for students. Every year, the convention does have Student Day, which features events like Career Exchange and Student Roadmap. These events offer opportunities like meetings and interviews with firms in the Chicago area and portfolio critiques. You can click here for more info on student programming at NeoCon.
The benefits of a student membership in ASID are even more than they presented in the meeting! And the best part is that it is truly affordable for students. Student members only pay $85, once, for their entire student career, up to six years. You can apply for student membership on their website, specifically here.
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