Internship Experience in Interior Design is not an area that we see many international students and it can be a challenging industry for an international student to get an internship in because you need strong industry specific skills as well as good English communication to be able to develop plans from concepts and also the ability to speak with people easily and understand what they want for their interior design project.
As a career, an interior designer is someone who helps design the interior spaces of a building or area and it can be either residential or commercial (design work for offices, hotels, events, restaurants, retail, educational and other facilities) work. A good interior designer needs to be:
- Creative, imaginative and have a strong interest in artistic display
- Good communication and listening skills
- Good sense of colour and an eye for detail
- Be able to do technical drawing and have good illustration abilities
- Be flexible in how you approach tasks with excellent problem-solving skills
- Understanding of building construction
- Ability to work with suppliers, and sourcing channels
We recently had a student, In Sook (Julia) from Korea who had an education and 4 years work background in interior design. She also has licenses from Korea in Computer Aided Architectural Drawing, Interior Architecture and as a Colorist. Her work background was mostly in the commercial area where she worked in designing kids playgrounds and equipment for indoor and outdoor play spaces. Julia’s work involved consulting, planning, and end-to-end project management including assisting with advertising and branding.
For Julia’s internship we were looking for an opportunity that will give her a good insight to Vancouver’s interior design industry and a different experience to what she previously had in Korea (working in designing playgrounds). We found a couple of companies for which she would be a good match. Julia prepared with us through our Internship Preparation workshops where we helped her prepare an English resume, interview preparation and mock interview as well as get an understanding for Canadian work culture.
Once Julia was ready we set her up for her interview at one of the local companies – an award winning interior design company who service clients in Greater Vancouver area, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles as well as other locations and specialize in both residential and commercial design projects. She met with a project manager as well as the principal of the company and was successful at her interview.
About a month into her internship we visited Julia to see how she was going with her internship and the feedback was great! Julia was performing really well at the company and everyone who worked there had lots of positive feedback, not just about Julia’s work ability but her personality and flexible work attitude. She was really fitting in well into the company.
Some of the tasks that Julia was involved with included attending client meetings and site visits with a project lead designer, working on detailed floor plans/elevations/3D renderings using AutoCAD, and selecting materials and other supplies as well as preparing for client meetings.
It is really great when we find such a good match between host company and student because it means that the student is learning and adding to their resume as well as having a great future reference and connection with their host company.
As a career choice in Canada, it is a fair industry to develop a career in with the demand for interior designers and decorators increasing and continuing to do so in the coming years. If you are looking to build a career in Canada by studying here you have a few diploma and degree options that you can choose from at academic institutions such as Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BCIT, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Thompson Rivers University etc.
If you would like our support in helping you prepare for an internship or building your career in Canada in interior design or another industry, please contact us by filling out the form below for a complimentary consultation so we can have a chat and see if we are able to support your Canadian experience.