Welcome interior design students and thank you for your interest in the IIDA/ASID Connect Mentorship Program! We started this program with you all in mind, and we want to ensure that it is always serving your ever-changing needs. We hope that this program will offer the opportunity for you to get connected with the interior design community across the state of Alabama before starting your careers. Take advantage of your mentor’s knowledge, experience, skills and professional advice. Throughout this program, you will get to know various designers in different firms, markets, and even cities – be sure to use this opportunity to your fullest advantage! If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]

For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Q: Who can be a Mentee?

A: Mentees are ASID and/or IIDA student members at any of the universities throughout the State of Alabama.  We require that students be accepted into their interior design program and be a sophmore, junior, or senior.

Q: Who are the Mentors?

A: Mentors are practicing interior designers who have at least two years of work experience or have passed the NCIDQ exam. Mentors can be specialized in any design market.

Q: What are the program dates?

A: The program will officially start in September 2021. Moving forward, mentorship pairings will rotate every semester.

Q. Who is eligible to apply?

A. To be eligible for participation, mentees must:

  • Be a sophomore, junior or senior in a design program at a university in Alabama
  • Be a student member of ASID and/or IIDA
  • Agree to devote at least two hours per month to the Mentorship Program
  • Complete a a survey at the end of the program.

 

Q. How do I apply to participate in the CONNECT Mentoring Program?

A. Mentees should apply to participate in the Mentorship Program prior to the deadline before each semester. If the deadline has passed, mentees will be added  to the program for the next semester. Mentees can sign up to participate in the program by completing the FORM HERE

Q. What is expected of participants in the CONNECT Mentoring Program?

A. Mentees will be required to invest 1-2 hours per month in the program but are encouraged to schedule additional meetings. Mentees and mentors are also encouraged to meet face-to-face but are not required to do so.

Q. What type of evaluation and follow-up can I expect?

A. Mentors and mentees will be sent an electronic evaluation after they have completed the mentoring experience. This evaluation will include questions related to the relationship between mentors and mentees, and the impact of their mentoring experiences.

First Meeting Suggestions

  • The bulk of this first meeting should be spent getting to know one another.
  • Ask some general and open-ended questions about each other and share some appropriate information about yourself.

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