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ASID Real World Design Week Nov. 4-10 National job shadowing program connects student designers with professional mentors for a day

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 15, 2012) | RealWorld DesignWeek, the annual nationwide mentoring program created by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is scheduled to take place during the week of November 4 – 10, 2012. ASID has had over 4,000 members participate since the program launched in 2007 and this year has already surpassed the record-setting numbers from 2011.  

RealWorld DesignWeek is the first national program aimed at educating future interior designers through in-person experience. The program is open to all members, free of charge, and pairs ASID student members with interior design professionals and ASID Industry Partners. This experience has consistently been named one of the most rewarding programs for ASID members, and is also the only national volunteer opportunity for all 30,000 members to participate in regardless of membership category or location.

ASID member companies and individuals can visit to sign up to host a student for one day in November. Examples of RealWorld DesignWeek activities include:

 • Attending client meetings, team meetings and vendor meetings
 • Visiting the design center
 • Touring past projects and construction sites
 • Exploring library materials
 • Reviewing bookkeeping basics
 • Reviewing client binders and/or contracts
 • Reviewing student's resume and/or portfolio
 • Demos of CAD, Revit, SketchUp or other software programs

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About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Learn more at