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Our students and alumni are employed at the world’s leading firms. Our growing list includes:

  • 13th Floor Investments
  • Adriana Hoyos
  • AECOM
  • Arquitectonica
  • Avant Design Group
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Building Center No. 3
  • BrandStar
  • Calil Architects
  • CallisonRTKL
  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • CID Design Group
  • Corporate Design Choice
  • CUBE 3
  • Dunagan Ddiverio Design Group
  • Echeverria Design Group
  • EoA, Inc.
  • The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
  • G Alvarez Studio
  • Gensler
  • GHP Environmental + Architecture
  • Glidden Spina + Partners
  • The Gettys Group
  • HBA
  • HGTV
  • HKS Architects
  • HOK
  • IA | Interior Architects
  • ID & Design International
  • Interior Image Group
  • JC White
  • Kartell
  • Kobi Karp
  • Knoll
  • LEO A DALY
  • Linea Studio
  • MCHarry & Associates, Inc.
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • Michael Wolk Design
  • MKDA
  • Moniomi Design
  • NELSON Worldwide
  • Ornare
  • Pepe Calderin Design
  • Perkins + Will
  • Pradere Office Products
  • RAD Architecture
  • Roche Bobois
  • Rose Ink Workshop
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.
  • Stantec
  • Starbucks
  • Steelcase
  • [STRANG] Design
  • Studio DADO
  • Tamara Feldman Design
  • Thomas Tillberg Design
  • TSAO Design Group
  • University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
  • Vierserius Studio
  • Vocon.
  • Yarn Design Associates
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212, 2022

Industrial Design Color & Material Summer Internship | Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s/White River Marine Group/Big Cedar Lodge

December 2nd, 2022|

Your Adventure Starts Here!Bass Pro Shops Internship Program offers a 10-week immersive work program giving students a holistic overview of the business focusing on career and competency development while gaining valuable experience with a multifaceted company.Here in Springfield, MO nestled among the natural beauty of the Missouri Ozarks, [...]

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Graphic Design Intern | Summer 2023 | Populous

December 2nd, 2022|

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN  Currently accepting applications for summer 2023. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis in January. Applications will close when the position is filler or on March 7th, whichever occurs first. Please visit www.populous.com/join to learn more about our process and FAQ.   Populous is a very unique practice [...]

112, 2022

Landscape Architecture Intern | Summer 2023 | Populous

December 1st, 2022|

ARCHITECTURAL LANDSCAPE INTERN  Currently accepting applications for summer 2023. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis in January. Applications will close when positions are filled or on March 7th, whichever occurs first. Please visit www.populous.com/join to learn more about our process and FAQ.  Populous is a very unique practice with [...]

112, 2022

Architectural Intern | Summer 2023 | Populous

December 1st, 2022|

ARCHITECTURAL INTERN  Currently accepting applications for summer 2023. Interviews will begin on a rolling basis in January. Applications will close when positions are filled or on March 7th, whichever occurs first. Please visit www.populous.com/join to learn more about our process and FAQ.  Populous is a very unique practice with a [...]

2311, 2022

Production Graphic Designer | NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

November 23rd, 2022|

The Marketing and Special Events division of NYC Parks develops and executes the materials, sponsorships, proposals, and citywide festivals that help the agency fulfill its mission. Additionally, the marketing team crafts and implements advertising campaigns for various City initiatives and oversees the Parks brand and identity. The production [...]

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0-3 CREDIT INTERNSHIP COURSES = EARLY ACCESS TO PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS

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Experience pays off

95%

of employers look for college grads with internship experience

73%

of grads who intern receive a full-time job offer from their internship

60%

of students who intern receive a full-time job offer before graduation

-National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Adriana Lacruz | FIU Alumna
Adriana Lacruz | FIU AlumnaPrincipal + Creative Director | Lacruz Design Studio

“With a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, I decided to do an internship in an interior design office, an odd decision at the time. However, this opportunity defined my love for interiors. This experience paved all my professional decisions to become what I admired the most. Nowadays, I own an interior design studio, and I’m grateful for all the mentors I had throughout my career, particularly with my first boss, an architect who loved doing interiors. He gave me the first glimpse of what later became my passion: interior design!”

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Kenzie Leon Perry | FIU Alumnus
Kenzie Leon Perry | FIU AlumnusCreative Director | Ze Haus Interior Design Studio

“As an interior design student, I had the pleasure of gaining real life work experience through the internship program. As an intern, I was able to utilize my educational and technical training for design projects and work with other design professionals. This exposure elevated my skills and opened the door to network.”

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“I came to the United States in 2015. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design with a focus in Interiors and Furniture Design, and most of my experience is in Interiors. Being able to practice while I’m studying is something that increases my creative thinking; it’s a challenge where I have to radically change the way I’m thinking about something. It has helped me to organize my schedule. Being at such a big company with a great culture is the best thing so far. I have the best colleagues. I’ve been able to work on projects with tremendous impact; that is something pretty cool.”

Leandro Lujan Milian, Internship at Gensler

“The advice that I have for the students who are beginning the internship process is: be curious, be open to new point of views, be humble, and be persistent. Everyday, I need to prove myself in the ‘real world,’ especially because it gets more competitive every day, that’s why I see the internship as a ‘safe place.’ The internship is a place to learn from more experienced people, test your skills, and share information, preparing you for what you are going to face after your degree.”

Matheus Da Silveira, Internship at HKS Architects

“Doing an internship during school not only gave me credits towards my degree; it helped me to become more familiar with a studio setting outside of school. Working in the materials library and interacting with representatives and manufacturers helped add to my knowledge and build connections within the South Florida design community. The firm also provided me with more hands on tasks, such as aiding in re-selections for materials and FF&E on high-end hospitality projects, which provided an even more exciting experience.”

Melissa Carrazana, Internship at IIG (Interior Image Group)

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PROFESSIONALLY SPEAKING: INTERIOR DESIGNER VS. INTERIOR DECORATOR

“Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building.

Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things.

IN SHORT, INTERIOR DESIGNERS MAY DECORATE, BUT DECORATORS DO NOT DESIGN.”

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CAREER EVENTS

The FIU School of Architecture hosts two signature career events each Spring semester: the Designers Engage, Empower, Emerge (D3E) Student Conference, and the Career Fair. In addition, throughout the year, our CARTA Career Specialists provide workshops on a wide variety of topics, professionals present, and professional organizations host networking and other career-related events.

D3E STUDENT CONFERENCE

D3E (Designers Engage, Empower, Emerge) is a conference that brings together students, design professionals, educators and manufacturers’ representatives for a variety of workshops that educate students about different career paths within the industry, give them opportunities to receive feedback on their portfolios and resumes, and introduce them to cutting-edge ideas that encourage them to rethink the way they design.

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CAREER FAIR

FIU’s School of Architecture (SOA) Career Fair provides graduating students with opportunities to engage and interview with top employers in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design.

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OTHER CAREER EVENTS + WORKSHOPS

FIU’s Department of Career and Talent Development offers a wide range of career events and workshops throughout the year. Learn more about upcoming events, or reach out to your CARTA Career Specialists to schedule a customized workshop for your student group or class.

SCHOLARSHIPS 

FIU Interior Architecture students have a proven track record of winning national, local, design- and merit-based scholarships. Some opportunities are integrated into the curriculum, while others are shared with students who then submit applications.

Remember- you can’t win if you don’t apply!

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FESTIVAL OF THE TREES

The Festival of the Trees is an annual fundraising event coordinated by FIU’s Interior Architecture Department and its advisory board. Each year, the FIU Interior Architecture Department awards student scholarships for travel and outstanding achievement in design. Scholarship eligibility varies and is announced by the department each semester.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL OF THE TREES

PROFESSIONAL EXAMS & REGISTRATION

The FIU Interior Architecture Department is tuned-in to the current state of our profession.  We prepare students to get a leg up on the competition by earning professional credentials and/or preparing for professional exams and registration while in school.

LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM

FIU Interior Architecture prepares students to take the LEED Green Associate Exam in the required course, IND 5628 Sustainable Practices in Interior Architecture. Those who successfully pass the exam prior to graduation are eligible for exam fee reimbursement through the LEED Green Associate Achievement Award.

LEARN MORE ABOUT LEED

NCIDQ EXAM

Want to fast track your NCIDQ Certification & stand out to potential employers? FIU Interior Architecture students can take the Fundamentals section (IDFX) of the NCIDQ Examination (administered by the Council for Interior Design Qualification) BEFORE obtaining work experience!

LEARN MORE ABOUT NCIDQ

STATE OF FLORIDA REGISTRATION

“Professional registration protects the health and safety of the public from fraudulent, unqualified and unethical practitioners. Each state and jurisdiction has its own specific rules for regulatory compliance.” (cdiq.org) Individuals who pass the NCIDQ exam are eligible to apply for professional registration as an Interior Designer in the State of Florida.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FL REGISTRATION

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

As the old saying goes, “It’s not [only] what you know, it’s who you know.” Join and/or volunteer for a professional organization to connect with industry professionals, gain leadership skills, expand your network and build your resume. You never know who you could meet and where that connection could take your career. Most organizations offer students reduced or free membership dues as well as many additional benefits. Join today!

OTHER STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS + CLUBS

Participating in student organizations builds community as well as your resume. Learn more about the student organizations and clubs represented at FIU.

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Average full-time entry-level salary for 2019
FIU
Interior Architecture graduates = $51,928,
the highest of all FL state universities

Florida Department of Education, 2018-2019 report

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