Even the most talented interior designer needs to know how to market him/herself to potential clients and employers. That's why NYSID makes teaching presentation skills and professional practice a priority.

We ask our advisory boards—composed of design luminaries from some of the world's top firms, like Gensler's regional managing principal Robin Klehr Avia—what they are looking for in a hire; then we craft our programs and services around their answers.

Job Placement Rate



100% of our undergraduate students were employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation (2016-17 academic year)


100% of our graduate students were employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation (2016-17 academic year)


Students Searching for Jobs 

Any undergraduate or graduate student in good standing who has completed 12 credits in one of the Interior Design programs at NYSID (transfer credits do not apply), can make use of the NYSID Job Board. Alumni may also use this service for five years after graduation. A NYSID student ID number is required to access the jobs board.

Whether you are looking for part-time employment while you complete your studies or seeking information and resources needed to help reach your career goals after graduation, contact Nansi Barrie, career services coordinator, at 212-472-1500, ext. 308 or email: nbarrie@nysid.edu for assistance.

NYSID’s career services include:

  • Skill-focused presentations every semester on resume building, interview skills, and portfolio presentation.

  • A Spring Portfolio Fair set upon the format of “speed-mentoring.” Students sit down with practicing designers from a broad range of firms, and get rapid-fire feedback on their portfolios.

  • An annual Q & A with an NCIDQ representative. The National Council for Interior Design administers the NCIDQ exam, the key test of a designer’s knowledge and skills, across North America. This presentation updates our students about changes to this ever-evolving test.

  • Ongoing advising from NYSID’s career services coordinator (resume and portfolio reviews by appointment).

  • Job Listings: NYSID is always in the process of expanding its outreach to design firms for entry-level jobs.

NYSID’s professional development curriculum:

  • NYSID encourages undergraduate and MFA students to take the elective internship course for credit, with placement support from NYSID’s career development staff.

  • NYSID offers Professional Practice I & II in the undergraduate program, and a Professional Practice course in the MFA-1 program, all of which teach students the business, legal, and administrative knowledge they will need to succeed in entry-level design jobs, or as entrepreneurs striking it out on their own.

To ask about career services and events contact: Nansi Barrie, nbarrie@nysid.edu