ASID Design Your Path Presentation


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.

Do you have a cool competition, job opportunity, or other design related news? Let us know! Email us and we’ll get it up on the blog!


IIDA RED Awards and ASID Excelence Awards Close Soon!

The IIDA RED Awards close to submissions soon and ASID Design Excelence Awards are opening to submissions soon. School may be out this week, but that makes it the perfect time to brush up your projects and submit them. The best part? You can use the same project for both competitions! Make the best of the time and perfect one project and submit it to both competitions to increase your chances! Remember, entering competitions is a great way to get your name and work out there!

The Red Awards close March 31st, the end of this week. Click the image below to go to the entry page.

2018 IIDA RED Logo Square

The Design Excellence Awards open April 9th, in two weeks. Click the image below to go to the entry page.

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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!

Do you have a cool competition, job opportunity, or design related news? Let us know! Email us and we’ll get it up on the blog!

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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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!


ASID Student Portfolio Competition


Time is running out to enter the ASID Student Portfolio Competition! Winners of the competition will have the chance to interview for Summer 2018 internships at companies like Glensler, HKS, and Perkins & Will. All finalists will receive a free ticket to SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit as well. Both of these prizes are opportunities that are not to be missed!

Submissions to the competition close December 5th.

Do you have a cool competition, job opportunity, event, or othe bit of design related news? Let us know! Email us and we’ll get it up on the blog.

ASID November West Suburban Peer Group Meeting

What: Breakfast & Presentation

Where: Patti’s Sunrise Cafe in Burr Ridge

When: November 16th, 2017 8:45 breakfast, 9:15 presentation

Join the ASID IL Chapter West Suburban Peer Group for the November Meeting! They will be having Breakfast and a presentation by Arden Herrington of Style Library, who represents Zoffany, Sanderson, Morris & Co., Scion, Harelquin, and Anthology.

All professional, Allied and Student Members are welcome. To RSVP, email Dena Kareotes Arendt.

Add the event to your calendar:

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Speed Networking Event!


Join the Illinois Chapter of ASID for speed networking! Networking is an essential part of a designer’s job and often the hardest to do. It can often open doors to new leads and jobs that you often wouldn’t get on your own. So take advantage of this free event and use it to get in contact with industry professionals and hunt down leads on job and internship positions!

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It’s Time to Join Design Organizations

One of the best igold-dollar-signnvestments you can make as a student, is the student membership fee to professional design organizations: ASID, NKBA, and/or IIDA. To provide students with more information about the benefits of membership, current members of these organizations will be in front of the bulletin boards in the hallway before and after classes this week to answer any questions. Stop by the table and talk to us.

ASID Illinois logoASID membership is $60 per year, beginning on the date you join. Upon graduation, students members who want to become Allied ASID members, get huge discounts in membership dues, up to $1200!!

Being in the lead feels good. Join ASID and stengthen your position! How? If you are currently enrolled in an interior design program that requires at least 40 credit hours or 60 quarter hours of interior design coursework to graduate, you’re eligible to be a part of the largest and most diverse interior design organization in the world.

For more information, check out their website link. Or download their application here.

NKBA ChicagoAs an endorsed program, our students pay only $15/year for dues to NKBA. Take advantage of the powerful networking and educational opportunities that the NKBA has to offer, and find the perfect outlet to express yourself- your creativity, your passion, and your increasing knowledge of the industry.

The NKBA offers a student membership to all those studying in the design and building fields. The NKBA wants to make your future bright by providing the extra support needed to excel in the industry and be successful in your chosen career.

Gain access to opportunities to market yourself and obtain knowledge through attending local chapter meetings and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®), the world’s largest industry trade event. Chapter meetings offer a forum for education and networking to help connect you with a rewarding position right out of college. Use our website to search industry-specific job and internship listings.

Check out their website. To join the NKBA or to renew your membership, contact NKBA Customer Service at (800) THE-NKBA (843-6522).

Download a printable student membership application (for mail-in with a check) This application is for last year, so you may want to try the toll-free number to get the most current information.

IIDA-Illinois Chapter LogoIIDA Membership is $53 for the calendar year, and students who join now, receive the remainder of 2013 for FREE. Student Members have several student-specific benefits, which will enhance your IIDA Member experience.

Join now online or download an application for 2014 IIDA Student Membership (or download a printable version of the Student application.) Once you become a Member you’ll be eligible to participate in the national IIDA Student Mentoring Week Program. Be sure to have a copy of your student proof ready to upload.

Renewing Recent Grads: Congratulations! Exclusively for graduating IIDA Student Members, we offer a special discounted rate to upgrade to Associate Membership. Find out more!

idCODStudent members of these organizations are able to attend professional events free of charge, or at a reduced rate.

Watch the bulletin boards and this blog for events that you might be interested in attending. We will organize groups to attend events together.


Becoming a member of these organizations is a great deal, but not if you don’t take advantage of everything they have to offer. SO, GET INVOLVED!!!