October 9, 2009

From Interior Design Intern to Employee

During the Winter 2009 semester we received a visit from Jeanette Simpson, a licensed interior designer from Florida and founder of KidSpace Interiors.

She spoke to the students of the Interior Design Department about searching for internships, getting a good internship, and being an excellent intern. Recently she has published a book From Interior Design Intern to Employee: How to Be a Keeper that gives advice to interior design students on how to be a good intern.

In her book Jeanette covers everything from where to start looking for internships, the proper way to inquire about internships, and how to be a good intern. Jeanette gives advice on where and when to start looking for internships, including networking through many different organizations and associations. She explains good ways to contact potential employers and how to create a good, appealing resume. She also gives tips and tricks to receiving a job offer after the internship is completed. In addition to advice from the author, the book is full of advice from actual employers to help students be the best intern they can.

Personally, I would recommend the book to any interior design student looking for not just an internship but also an entry-level position in the interior design industry. It was insightful and eye opening.

For more information about Jeanette Simpson and her newly published book her website is http://www.interntoemployee.com. Her blog is also a wonderful source for updated advice, http://www.interntoemployee.blogspot.com. We also have a copy of the book in our department if you are interested! Leave a comment, if you're feeling up to it, about your thoughts and feelings on Jeanette's website and information!

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