The Twin Cities, a mecca of art, design, and architecture is home to a large design community. Many University of Minnesota alumni stay in Minnesota as they are energized by the collaborative nature of the vibrant design community, the ability to design and build spaces that incorporate innovative systems and materials, and commitment to stewardship of our natural environment through sustainable design approaches. In addition to those designers who choose to never leave Minnesota, there are many who come from other communities—both national and international who are drawn to Minnesota, and the Twin Cities in particular to engage in this vibrant design community. Together with the university’s alumni, they form a diverse, committed collaborative of professional practitioners who generously give of their financial support, time, talents, insights, and experience to our interior design students. Here are just a few of them.
Interior design students gain skills, network with professionals, and clarify their career goals during their internships. Internships typically last for one academic semester or a summer session. Geographically, students have completed internships in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Boston, Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, and other major cities in the United States as well as international locations such as London. The interior design program coursework and faculty guidance prepare students to seek and apply for successful internship experiences in the design industry. In return, the internship experience enables students to enrich their classroom learning via time with engaged mentors.
Accomplished interior designers, architects, and public members are active participants on the Interior Design Program’s Advisory Board. They interact with students, faculty, and one another to achieve the program’s goals and give generously to the program as guest lecturers, studio project critics, student mentors, and advisors to the faculty.
No matter the focus of your interests, interior design students in our program have a substantial and diverse list of options for engaging in their future profession. Get involved with the design organizations who support the design professionals, educators, and future practitioners—YOU! Here is a listing of organizations that have representation in Minnesota, making it easy for you to get involved in the local design community. They all encourage students to participate and offer student memberships and meeting fees at reduced rates. Check them out!