Office of Career & Internship Services

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 for the 2016-2017 Academic Year:

98% of our undergraduate students were employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation
100% of our graduate students were employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation

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 Nansi Barrie, NYSID’s career services coordinator. She provides resume and portfolio review by appointment.

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

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, or register for a password for The NYSID Job Board contact:

Nansi Barrie,