In this week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly’s Trending Issue, we examine which interior design program is the right fit for a woman looking for an interior design internship.
“I’m a student in a program where I’m expected to design and build a space, and that’s something that a lot of women find themselves with little to no time to actually do,” says Jessica Matson, the founder of interior design class, Loft.
“It can be really isolating, especially for a student like myself who’s trying to find a space to call home.”
And the cost?
It’s not cheap.
“When you’re designing for a client, you have to pay someone else to make sure the space is going to work,” says Matson.
“And it’s really expensive.”
To make matters worse, “you’re not going to find any of these things on a budget in a place like New York or Los Angeles,” she adds.
“So you have a lot to lose.”
The cost of living on campus can be a huge hurdle, but Matson says it’s worth it.
“You’ll definitely be happier living on a campus than in a cubicle in the dorms of New York City.”
And she recommends a program that emphasizes design elements that can be replicated in an apartment.
“If you can find a place where you can design and architect and build an apartment and have that same space and have it all live in it and be part of a communal living space, then you’ve really made a great decision,” she says.
“There’s really not a place for you to live that you can’t get into.”
So how do you choose a program?
“I try to pick programs that I think I can really work with,” Matson tells us.
“They’re all so different, and I have to work with them on every aspect of their work.”
For instance, she says she likes programs that focus on digital design, but is also looking for programs that teach design fundamentals.
“A lot of them have to do with how to create a space that feels organic and beautiful and has a sense of style,” she explains.
“Some are more visual, like design and architecture, and some are more abstract, like urban design.
So I’m really looking for a program like that that teaches you all these things, and also gives you the tools to really make your spaces feel alive.”
Matson also advises looking for studios with a focus on interior design.
“For the majority of our clients, I find it is very easy to find that studio because of the location, or because there’s a lot more people in the building,” she tells us, “but I would also recommend looking for places that specialize in interior design.”
What’s the biggest challenge?
Matson notes that there’s always a “lot of competition for spots” in interior designer programs.
“Even if you’re a big, well-known name, there are still a lot people out there,” she points out.
“One of the biggest challenges is getting the best candidates in.”
In other words, choosing a program with the right mix of talent and a focus is critical to the success of the program.
“At Loft, we’re constantly looking to hire more and more people,” Mats said.
“The more that we can bring in new people, the better.”
So which program is right for you?
You should definitely take a look at the career path of the person you’re considering for an internship.
But there are other options as well.
For instance: You might want to consider an urban design or design for a living program.
This kind of program will focus on a specific client, and can help you to understand the type of work that might be most beneficial to the company.
Or, you might choose a design studio that focuses on a particular design type.
You can also choose to work on an urban theme or one that focuses more on urban design rather than design.
In addition, some design studios will specialize in one of the many architectural styles of the past.
For example, Lofts in Manhattan has a wide variety of styles, including Modernist, Neo-Classical, and Neo-Gothic.
So whether you’re looking for the kind of work you can do as an interior designer or if you just want to learn more about the process, you can look to Lofts for help.
If you’re interested in learning more about interior design and want to get involved in the industry, check out Lofts internships.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn about interior designers and get a head start on the career of your dreams.