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Interior Design Internship 

Interior Design

Learn Beyond the Classroom

The Interior Design Internship is an opportunity for students to gain experience in a professional work environment and apply their academic learning in the field.  Students must complete the “Work Integrated Learning” planning course (ARTI 315), which is the prerequisite to the Summer Internship (ARTI 350).  The internship is an excellent opportunity to see the diversity of positions that exist in the field.

Internships and job opportunities in the field of Interior Design are often developed through networking vs. traditional job postings.  Rarely are internships posted online or sent to post secondary institutions, therefore students are often calling firms directly to create internship opportunities.  Students will learn how to communicate and correspond with employers in ARTI 315.  If employers contact the University with internship opportunities, the Program Coordinator will forward them to students directly (via VIULearn).  All the materials students will need to produce in order to apply for an internship will be introduced in class.

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Vanessa Lloyd

Student Story

I completed an internship at Coastal Construction where I was part of the team that builds the West Coast’s most beautiful custom homes. During my internship, I had the opportunity to work on real projects and apply the skills I learned at VIU. My role in all of the projects I worked on changed often as they progressed, allowing me to participate in many phases of the design process. I observed an initial client meeting to determine aesthetic direction and contributed to review proposed finishes. I was also fortunate to apply many of the technical skills I learned in my program. I translated numerous lighting plans into Auto CAD drawings, created three dimensional drawings using Google Sketch-Up, and assembled a millwork package to send out for pricing. I was included in the design process's hands-on stages, such as reviewing an electrical rough-in on site and staging a show home. The site visits were a highlight of my internship experience because it was beneficial to see the physical projects I had been working on in the office.

Vanessa Lloyd, Bachelor of Interior Design Student

Axis Design

Classic Kitchen & Design

Current Millwork

David Coulson Design Ltd.

Envision Custom Renovations

Evolve Interior Design


Heronwood Custom Cabinetry

Interior Design Group

Isabey Interiors

Ivory Design Company

Jenny Martin Design

Karly Parker Design

Kitchen & Bath Classics


Nantong Hydraulic Project Survey Design & Research Institute Co, Ltd.

Number TEN Architectural Group

Scan Designs Ltd

Shearer Design

Spaciz Design Company

Studio AE Interior Design

The Happy Nest

Urban Theory Interior Design

WA Architects Ltd.


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