WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will welcome interior design students to LAUNCH: The ASID National Student Summit, hosted at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) from February 26 to 28, 2016. Students will learn about the various career paths available with an interior design degree, as well as gain valuable insights on resumes, portfolios, networking and transitioning from student design to practice. In addition, the introduction of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition to the event is meant to generate and showcase the best collection of design projects from interior design students.


"LAUNCH has been designed to advance interior design students' knowledge, increase their networking skills and offer professional resources meant to help them succeed in the profession," said ASID CEO Randy Fiser. "We're looking forward to an energizing and rewarding experience with our industry's future leaders."


As part of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition, students with top portfolios, judged in their entirety, will be invited to attend an exclusive student portfolio track at LAUNCH where they will work one-on-one with professionals to polish their resume, portfolio and presentation skills.


At the end of their exclusive track, students will be asked to present their portfolio to a distinguished panel of judges to receive in person feedback and be considered for a summer 2016 internship. Winners will be selected at LAUNCH and have the opportunity to present their portfolio to all LAUNCH attendees at the closing session.


To be eligible, entrants must be enrolled as a student as of September 1, 2015. The deadline for submissions is January 19, 2016. More details on evaluation criteria and cost to enter may be found here.


In addition, the full schedule will feature two keynotes delivered by accomplished designers and industry experts: Brooke Traeger-Tumsaroch, ASID, Design Director at AvroKO (Bangkok, Thailand); and Primo Orpilla, the award-winning co-founder of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking workplace designs at Facebook, Levi-Strauss, Microsoft, Uber, and Yelp.


Students planning to attend can take advantage of early bird pricing through January 28, 2016; tickets are $195 for ASID members and $245 for nonmembers. The price of a nonmember ticket includes a one-year ASID student membership. Find more details on registration here.


LAUNCH: The ASID National Student Summit is sponsored by Kabuni, Sherwin-Williams, Steelcase, Benjamin Moore, Smith & Noble Pro, Hansgrohe, Wilsonart, Caesarstone, California Closets, The Tile Shop, Bellacor, SCAD, and Metropolis. The Student Portfolio Competition is sponsored by Kabuni and Steelcase.