ASID Virtual Internship Hub

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Begin your ASID Virtual Internship by registering now for all current and future content.

Summer plans interrupted? Meet the new ASID Virtual Internship. This custom program provides the critical professional development opportunities you need to prepare yourself for a career in design. Impress your professors, advisors, and future employers, and empower yourself through an independent, immersive learning experience. 

The Virtual Internship consists of five areas of study, each complete with on-demand content and live, interactive events. Focus on the area that interests you most, or explore everything to diversify your knowledge base: it’s your internship, your way.


What You Will Learn 

Your Virtual Internship encompasses five content areas, building critical skills and positioning you for success in your first professional role.

  • Products, Materials, and Vendor Relationships
  • Current Issues and Opportunities
  • Teams and Roles
  • Project Phases and Process
  • Portfolio Design and Development

How It Works

Your first step is to register (button in top right corner) and take advantage of on-demand ASID Academy content, curated just for you. Go beyond the classroom to expand your knowledge base with the same trusted content that active practitioners in the industry turn to for continuing education.

  • New on-demand content will be added throughout the summer, along with live events where you will hear from industry leaders.
  • When you register for the ASID Virtual Internship, all new content will be automatically available through your ASID Academy Dashboard.
  • You will also receive exclusive invitations to participate in networking activities and opportunities for one-on-one connections with practitioners.

The Virtual Internship is available exclusively for ASID Student Members. For a taste of the exclusive content available, click here

Remember to come back to this page to register for the Virtual Internship after you join ASID!

  • Products, Materials, and Vendor Relationships

    Contains 18 Component(s)

    Receive hands-on advice on how to specify products and materials, address health and environmental concerns, and build strong relationships with manufacturers and vendors.

    Receive hands-on advice on how to specify products and materials, address health and environmental concerns, and build strong relationships with manufacturers and vendors.

    Impress your professors and future colleagues by knowing exactly which questions to ask when specifying products and materials on a project.


    What You Will Learn
    • Important considerations when specifying materials
    • How to address material health and safety concerns to ensure the well-being of building occupants
    • How to work most effectively with manufacturers’ representatives and build strategic relationships
    • Key questions to ask vendors about products and materials


    Core Content 


    Demystifying Furniture's Role in Sustainability

    A mind-boggling number of environmental standards exist. It seems each day something is greener, better, and calling louder than the standards of years past. Learn how to define and compare leading sustainability programs in the market and explain the key role furniture plays within each. You will also see how to overlay LEVEL® by BIFMA’s rating system and explain its application and relevance to help demystify furniture’s role in sustainability. 


    Eight Attributes of Contract Furniture

    Become a more informed specifier through this exploration of the eight key attributes of contract furniture. You’ll gain insight into the crucial factors to weigh in your decision-making, including performance, sustainability, and health and wellness. Understand the tools you can use to assess each of these eight attributes, and evaluate the optimal balance in order to create spaces that meet unique design criteria and work effectively for the occupants.


    Healthy Materials Sourcing and Selection 

    Gain the knowledge you need to recognize materials that could be harmful to human health, and how to find alternatives when specifying. Dr. Andrew Dent of Material ConneXion will walk you through scenarios to illustrate areas of concern and provide examples of situations where healthful alternatives are necessary. You will learn key questions to ask and how to navigate ratings and points systems to evaluate materials’ impact on human health.


    In Conversation: Product Intros and Perspectives

    Ever wonder how designers navigate through new products and materials as they consider what is best for their clients and projects? Listen in on a series of conversations between leading designers and their reps as they review new products. You will leave with an understanding of the questions to ask when evaluating products, how to navigate relationships with product reps, and fresh insight on what’s up and coming from manufacturers. 

    • Segment 1: Wood Flooring: Listen as Mindi Weichman, Design Director, Studio O+A, learns about wood flooring options for a new workplace project from Todd Youngs, Founder and Sales Representative – Northern California, Todd Contract.
    • Segment 2: Plumbing Fixtures: Hear all about new plumbing fixtures from Jason Reynolds, Director of Hospitality and Architecture and Design, Fortune Brands Global Plumbing Group, as he presents options to Krista Ninivaggi, Allied ASID, Founder, K&CO, for a new condo project.
    • Segment 3: Textiles: Listen in on a conversation between Kia Weatherspoon, NCIDQ, ASID, President/ CEO, Determined by Design, and Melanie Ambridge, Sales Representative, Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering, and learn about textile options for a new multi-family residential project.


    Extra Credit 

  • Current Issues and Opportunities

    Contains 45 Component(s)

    Hear from ASID and other experts on how the design industry landscape is changing in response to societal trends, and explore new research on the impact of your design solutions.

    Hear from ASID and other experts on how the design industry landscape is changing in response to societal trends, and explore new research on the impact of your design solutions.

    Explore a variety of career path options to help you determine where to specialize and what type of position to look for as your first step.


    What You Will Learn
    • Gain a solid understanding of the current industry landscape
    • Identify potential career paths
    • Understand how global and societal events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, impact the profession
    • How design solutions impact the health and wellbeing of people in spaces


    Assignments


    Design Problem Solving Scenarios

    Take on the challenge to tackle design problems provided by practitioners and share your solutions. Come up with your own solution first, then see how the designer resolved the same issue.  

    • Practitioner solutions now available! 
    • Attend the live “Ask the Expert” Q&A sessions on Wednesday, July 29th where you can learn about the problem and solution directly from the designers and ask questions. You are not required to submit your solution to attend a live Ask the Expert session.
    • Recordings from the "Ask the Expert" live sessions will be posted within the next week.
      • Click on the “Core Content” tab and scroll to the bottom to find the Problem Solving Scenario Briefs and solutions.

    Note:
    You will find that the practitioners have provided different degrees of guidance and background information for you to approach each problem. This is very similar to the real working world, in which you will experience a wide range of managerial styles, from the detail-oriented manager to the more hands-off boss who encourages you to figure things out independently. Use the information provided to do your best and create the most comprehensive solution you can. Click on the "Core Content" tab to begin.

    • Problem Solving Scenario 1: Room Flexibility: Future-Proof Design 
    • Problem Solving Scenario 2: Restroom of the Future
    • Problem Solving Scenario 3: Wellness and Cryotherapy Spa
    • Problem Solving Scenario 4: Patient Check-in
    • Problem Solving Scenario 5: Hospital Patient Room


    Core Content


    Changes in the Psychology of Design: Rethinking Space

    Our attitudes toward space, both virtual and physical, changed through the COVID-19 pandemic – how will they continue to transform? Designers have an opportunity to enter the conversation and demonstrate the profession’s value through the development of healthy, innovative spaces. Leading experts Sally Augustin, Ph.D., Lida Lewis, ASID, WELL AP, WELL Faculty, LEED AP ID+C, Fitwel Ambassador, and Whitney Austin Gray, Ph.D., WELL AP, WELL Faculty, LEED AP, analyze challenges designers may tackle in future spaces and investigate the profession’s role in implementing change.


    Design for Sensory Wellbeing

    People with developmental disabilities process sensory stimuli in unique ways. For those with autism spectrum disorders, especially, atypical sensory processing can greatly impact their everyday lives. Become informed about current evidence regarding sensory processing and design implications to enhance sensory well-being. You will explore a recent case study of a sensory wellbeing hub for students with developmental disabilities installed at a public high school, and gain a deep understanding of the design and research methods used to create this multi-sensory environment which you can apply to serve this population group. This course presents an overview and findings from a study conducted by HKS, Inc., funded by an ASID Foundation Transform Grant.


    Design Your Path

    When you graduate, interior design may be your degree but you can chart a path for yourself in any direction you choose. Hear from Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, Assoc. AIA as she shares her experiences navigating her own career, starting in hospitality design, leading to healthcare design, and finally to her current position as Global Director of Design at Ford Motor Company. Throughout her career, Jennifer has built her expertise and skills no matter the environment in order to create her own opportunities. You will also learn how she approaches design projects using the “think, make, test” model to discover, design, and deliver results centered on the human experience.


    Health + Wellness Protocols (HWP) 2: Interiors, Foundational Concepts

    Gain the baseline information necessary to understand the growing health and wellness approach to design practice. Learn about the major body systems that affect physical health, mental health, and wellness, as well as design opportunities that can promote health of these systems, focused on selecting materials, products, and components that support healthier interiors. You will also explore an integrative design approach to take when working with clients and other professionals to optimize the health performance of interiors and buildings.


    Returning to Your Workplace: What to Consider

    Learn how designers can safely and successfully reenter the workplace after a health crisis (using COVID-19 as an example) and how employers can best support their staff through the transition. A panel representing various areas of the interior design community provides insight on the best strategies to create a smart rebound from home to work. The program references guidelines from health and workplace thought leaders and discusses key considerations to implement into practice.


    The Pulse of the Industry: ASID Research on Industry Resilience

    What is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, interior design industry, design professionals, and their businesses? ASID has conducted a series of “pulse surveys” every two weeks since March 31, 2020 to capture snapshots of how interior design companies and practitioners have been responding to this unprecedented time and practicing resilience. Explore the results of the industry-wide survey to understand the impacts on projects and business performance and identify the challenges professionals are facing. You will also hear from designers, manufacturers, and media partners who are adapting to advance the profession and build resiliency. 


    Extra Credit


    ASID Research Content
  • Teams and Roles

    Contains 15 Component(s)

    Be ready from day one to make a strong contribution to your project team.

    Be ready from day one to make a strong contribution to your project team.

    Learn how project teams are formed and how they function in design firms, both internally and in external client relations. Be an effective team member and gain tips for more strategic communications, focusing on listening, feedback, and accountability.


    What You Will Learn 
    • How a team meeting works (and your role) 
    • Understand the design review experience 
    • Identify the elements of a client meeting 
    • Improve your professional communications


    Core Content 


    Effective Listening to Increase Team Productivity and Collaboration

    Communication is critical to any relationship and the most fundamental of all the soft skills. It is the most important of the six key indicators of highly functioning teams. Learn how to be a more effective listener and enhance your leadership skills in the areas of communication, productivity, collaboration, accountability, and performance.


    Feedback/Feedforward: Why Feedback Alone Doesn’t Work & What To Do About It

    Feedback alone doesn’t work. Research tells us that about one-third of the time feedback leads to momentary performance improvement; one-third of the time it results in nothing; and in one-third of cases, leads to worsening performance. Learn more effective strategies for giving and receiving feedback, and enhance your leadership skills in the areas of communication, productivity, collaboration, accountability, and performance. 


    Effective Accountability: The Science of Human Performance

    Avoiding conflict and creating a culture where being liked is more important than being respected can lead to lack of accountability in a team. As a result, staff produce low-quality work, miss deadlines, and engage in passive-aggressive conflict, causing team productivity to plummet. Learn how to create a culture of accountability in your organization, and enhance your leadership skills in the areas of communication, productivity, collaboration, accountability, and performance.


    Extra Credit


    ASID Research Content


  • Project Phases and Process

    Contains 15 Component(s)

    Walk through each phase of a project and learn about the different ways a junior designer could contribute along the way.

    Walk through each phase of a project and learn about the different ways a junior designer could contribute along the way.

    Gain insight on how to incorporate research and evidence-based design in your projects, important skills for your first professional position.


    What You Will Learn
    • The work involved in each phase of the design process and how you could contribute
    • Recognize the importance of research in design process
    • How client presentations come together
    • The importance of understanding construction documents and building codes


    Core Content


    The Architectural Barriers Act and the Federal Government

    Did you know? The Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards (ABAAS) are the most widely applied physical access requirements for the design and construction of Federal facilities. The Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (ABA), was a signature achievement in the history of disability rights as the first Federal legislation mandating that buildings be accessible. Familiarize yourself with the ABA and its relationship to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and how the ABA applies to your work designing federal facilities. We highlight the key ABAAS requirements and common mistakes affecting the interior design of workspaces. Learn how important the ABAAS is to interior design, with lessons you can apply in a wide range of projects implementing universal and accessible design.


    Proof in Design: ASID Outcome of Design Awards 2020 Winners

    Celebrating the power of design, the ASID Outcome of Design Awards highlight new tools and processes in design, strategy, technology, and research. The 2020 winning projects, the Sensory Wellbeing Hub by HKS and M Moser Associates Living Lab by M Moser Associates, successfully demonstrate the measurable effect of projects on people in spaces. Learn from the winners as they detail their processes and the human-centric results of their work. You will walk away with actionable approaches to design your projects with the goal of measuring results to yield research outcomes and support continuous learning. The 2020 Outcome of Design Awards are presented by ASID, in partnership with Herman Miller and Mohawk Group, with Metropolis as media partner.


    Extra Credit


    ASID Research Content
  • Portfolio Design and Development

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Understand the most critical elements to include in your design portfolio.

    Understand the most critical elements to include in your design portfolio.

    Master how to market yourself and how to effectively represent your firm to prospective clients.


    What You Will Learn
    • The importance of the design portfolio in your job search
    • How to tell your story through your design portfolio
    • How to apply your storytelling skills to marketing the work of a design firm


    Core Content


    Top Tips for Your Design Portfolio 

    What to do, and what not to do, when preparing your design portfolio for review by prospective employers. 


    Your Portfolio: What to Include

    Learn what to include when putting together your design portfolio from a former ASID Student Portfolio Competition winner.


    How to Make Your Design Portfolio Unique

    Learn tips from former ASID Student Portfolio Competition winners on how to compile a portfolio that will stand out.


    Extra Credit