Mentorship Program

Fostering connections between students and design professionals to CONNECT, LEARN, GROW within the design industry.

Wednesday, March 1:

Career Prep Workshop
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Intereum (new location!)
9800 8th Ave N
Plymouth, MN 55441

Remember to send your Spotlight stories in by April 30th for your chance to win a $50 Visa giftcard!


Program runs through the academic year.

Space is limited. A mentor is not guaranteed to all students and priority will be given to IIDA student members. Register early!


Why Join?

Students, expand your network and learn the ropes from an industry professional. Professionals, share your insights and guidance with future interior designers. The program is voluntary and the relationship between student and mentor is to develop on its own.

Finding the Match

Be open and honest on the application and we will do our best to find you the right match. Applicants who are more specific about interests, goals and experience generally achieve greater alignment with their mentorship partner.

Notification of a Match

You will be notified via email if you are matched. This email will include an electronic copy of your partner's application, to help get you acquainted.

If you are not matched, you will be notified via email.

Connecting with your Mentorship Partner

Students, it is your responsibility to reach out to your mentor. Once you have received notification of your match, you are encouraged to call or email your mentor to introduce yourself and confirm whether you both can attend the kick-off event.

For more information

If you have any questions, please email

Frequently Asked Questions ▼

Who does the student‐professional matching?

The IIDA Northland Student Affairs committee members review the student and professional applications to best match each based on application content. The committee puts great consideration into the goals, interests and experiences of all those who apply to ensure a cohesive pair.

What is the time commitment? I'm busy.

The application asks for desired commitment level, which the committee will take into consideration when making the match.

Are you a recent grad and unsure of which role you would take?

Recent grads are given the choice of registering as a student or a mentor. The decision is up to you based on your individual experience and comfort level. If you are a recent grad wanting to be a mentor, the committee will pair you with a first or second year student in order for you to share your experiences thus far.

Why would I be a good mentor? I'm too new/experienced/boring to be relevant.

Everyone has unique experiences to share. Students are looking for feedback on their projects, someone to attend industry events with them, but most of all an approachable mentor to act as a sounding board. And they have things to teach you as well!

Do I have to be an IIDA member to be a mentor?

No, the program is open to design professionals regardless of membership status.

Do I have to be a student IIDA member participate?

No, the program is open to design students and design professionals regardless of membership status. However, priority is given to student members when making matches.

How do I become a student member of IIDA?

Joining is easy! Membership follows the calendar year, from January – December. Students who join in September get the next four months for free! To learn more about membership, please visit the IIDA National website.