Interior Design Careers & Internships
Interior designers and merchandisers create aesthetic and functional living environments for human needs in residential and commercial buildings. Designers work to meet human needs and well-being, as well as safety and building codes. Through their work, they also create healthy and healing environments, consider sustainability and environmental issues, and understand basic construction and mechanical systems.
Design Your Own Path to Career Success
As an interior design major, you can pursue careers in technical and artistic fields.
Opportunities are available for full-time or part-time employment, at corporate or
nonprofit organizations, in residential or commercial industries, in small towns or
large cities and for specialized or general design.
Salaries vary greatly depending on your experience, firm size and focus, location, firm clients/projects and opportunities for promotion. Here are some annual salary ranges you can expect:
- Entry-level designers and merchandisers: $25,000 to $40,000
- Junior designer: $35,000 to $55,000
- Senior designer: $45,000 to $70,000
- Design director: $65,000 to $100,000
- Firm officer/executive: $100,000+
Mount Mary interior design alumnae live in many states in the United States and around the world.See companies that have
employed our alumnae:
- Allen Bradley
- Aptura Design/Direct Supply Eldercare
- Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
- Brookdale Senior Living
- Building Service, Inc.
- Constantine Carpet
- Corporate Design Interiors
- Creative Business Interiors
- Designtex Fabrics
- Eppstein Uhen Architects
- Forrer Business Interiors
- GE Healthcare
- Gulfstream (corporate jets)
- Hardwood Engineering
- Henricksen & Co.
- K.R. Schaetz Associates
- Kahler Slater (architectural firm
- Kohler Co.
- Kohl's Department Store
- Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
- Herman Miller
- HGA (architectural firm)
- HLA Business Interiors
- Interior Investments
- Jessica Jubelirer Design
- Koroseal (wallcovering)
- M&M Office Interiors
- Northwestern Mutual
- Plunkett Raysich Architects
- Susan Fredman Design Group
- Thesis Interior Design
- Zimmerman Design Group
Get Real-World Interior Design Experience in College
An internship is required for all interior design students, and this usually occurs
during junior year. The interior design chairperson will help you find an internship
that is the best fit for your career goals and your site supervisor.
Students often participate in internships at architectural firms, design firms, office furniture dealerships and in sales positions. During an internship, you might work on a residential, corporate, healthcare, eldercare, hospitality or sustainable design project.