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How to find Interior Design Jobs (Apprenticeship)?

Ive been studying Interior design and Arcitercture for a short time in college and Im wondering how would someone get into getting your hands dirty physically into the interior design world. Ive create some really nice mood boards and want them to come to life. It's been hard to find jobs when you're only in community college. However, since Im an artist I venture into different hobbies of mine and I get caught up and lose track of what I really want to do. I want to be a professional Interior designer and get my A.A.S and then my B.F.A but I want to be an assistant or something. Please help me out here. Thanks for reading.

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Ameni’s Answer

Hello Tabby,

Discovering Interior Design Jobs (Apprenticeship)

Drawing from my 8 years of experience as an architect manager, I recommend that you take a proactive approach to finding opportunities. Start by visiting local architecture offices or design firms, and introduce yourself. Don't hesitate to ask about potential apprenticeships or internships. This will allow you to gain practical experience in the field.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for your feedback. Mind I ask, what was your start? How did you become an architect manager? Why not Interior design? I love to draw of course; and learning the scales and all of that. tabby
Thank you comment icon Hello Tabby, Thank you for your answer ,I started as a student of course, then I did an internship and after registering with the order of architects I decided to open my own agency knowing that I was very young it was a adventure but I learned quickly, as the manager I was obliged to find the solutions I was always in an infinite race but I really learned a lot in a limited time. why architecture? I really love interior design more than architecture, but the architect can design out interior and exterior projects, he is the conductor, so as an architect I had the choice. currently I'm thinking of being a space architect (doing a master's or doctorate...) maybe you always have to learn and grow good luck and you really have to choose your career wisely Ameni Hachem
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James Constantine’s Answer

Hello Tabby,

How to Find Interior Design Jobs (Apprenticeship)

To break into the interior design industry and gain hands-on experience through an apprenticeship, there are several steps you can take:

Education and Training: Since you are already studying interior design and architecture in college, continue to focus on your coursework and aim to complete your A.A.S and B.F.A degrees. These degrees will provide you with a strong foundation in design principles and techniques.

Build a Strong Portfolio: As an aspiring interior designer, it is crucial to showcase your skills and creativity through a well-curated portfolio. Include your mood boards, sketches, renderings, and any other design projects you have worked on.

Networking: Networking is key in the design industry. Attend industry events, join professional organizations such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) or the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and connect with professionals in the field. Networking can help you learn about job opportunities and make valuable connections.

Seek Internships or Apprenticeships: Look for internships or apprenticeship programs at design firms, architecture firms, or interior design studios. These opportunities will allow you to gain practical experience, work on real projects, and learn from experienced designers.

Online Job Platforms: Utilize online job platforms such as Indeed, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and specialized design job boards to search for entry-level interior design positions or apprenticeships.

Cold Calling/Emailing: Don’t be afraid to reach out directly to design firms in your area to inquire about potential apprenticeship opportunities. Sending a well-crafted email along with your portfolio can help you stand out.

Stay Updated: Keep yourself updated on the latest trends in interior design, attend workshops or seminars to enhance your skills, and continuously work on improving your craft.

By following these steps and staying dedicated to your goal of becoming a professional interior designer, you can increase your chances of finding an apprenticeship that will kickstart your career in the industry.

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American Society of Interior Designers (ASID): ASID is a leading professional organization for interior designers that provides resources, networking opportunities, and information on industry standards.

International Interior Design Association (IIDA): IIDA is another reputable organization that offers support to interior designers through education programs, events, and advocacy efforts.

Indeed: Indeed is a widely used job search platform where many companies post job openings for various industries, including interior design. It can be a valuable resource for finding apprenticeship opportunities in the field.

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JC.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Ive been trying to improve on my interior design as I do mood boards and of course being in college helps a lot. I try to show case them through social media, creating my own website. but it seems like its not enough. tabby
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