ASID challenges you as a mentor to:
- make a positive change in an aspiring designer's life in just one day
- educate students to act ethically and professionally
- contribute to the elevation of the interior design profession
- identify ideal candidates for internship or job placement within your company or private practice
- educate future industry leaders on professional practices
- provide networking opportunities and foster mentoring
- sustain the interior design profession
Recommendations for a successful experience
- Provide a shadow experience that is a minimum of four hours and a maximum of eight hours.
- Provide a dress code to students if your firm requires one.
- Provide lunch.
- Remember: students are there to observe and accompany you on a typical workday — not to act as an assistant.
- Reiterate to students that client and project material learned on-site is confidential.
- The shadow experience should not be treated as a recruiting event.
- Do not feel obligated to answer every question asked.
- Do not pay the students for time spent at the work location.
- If the student has traveled a significant distance for the shadow experience, firms and private practices are encouraged to subsidize some of the travel costs incurred.
- Follow up with students after the shadow experience.
- Do not judge a student based on what type of design program he/she attends.
- Even if business is slow, there is still much a student can learn from you (see below).
Examples of shadow day activities
- attend client meetings
- attend team meetings
- attend vendor meetings
- visit design center
- visit past projects
- explore your design library
- explain bookkeeping
- review client binders and/or contracts
- visit construction sites
- review student’s resume and/or portfolio
- demo CAD, Revit, SketchUp or other software programs
- demo rendering
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