For Students

Real World Design Week, November 2-8

Did you miss the Real World Design Week webinar? You can still learn how to navigate the mentee registration portal and gain a better understanding of your role as a mentee by viewing the recorded webinar. Watch it here!

This RWDW, don't miss out on the opportunity to:

  • Real World Design Weeknetwork with REAL designers
  • visit one or more work environments/client sites
  • ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask
  • learn about a new city (or more about your current one!)
  • hand out your personal business cards
  • dress like a professional and look sharp - show everyone you’ve got great style
  • take photos of yourself during your shadow day (share them with your folks and ASID)

... Oh yeah! And what about the chance to find yourself a job or an internship?!


Online registration is now open for ASID student members. There is no cost to register for Real World Design Week. Participants must be ASID members in good standing.

*When you have successfully have been matched with a mentor, you must manually move to MATCHEDYou will keep receiving requests as long as your profile is UNMATCHED.*

Have questions about the registration process? See our step-by-step Registration Guide here.


  • Register early for Real World Design Week as shadow days are self-selected online through a first-come, first-served process.
  • Contact your shadow day host shortly after you register to introduce yourself.
  • Be sure to participate in the Prepare and Position online seminars, and practice what you learn in these educational sessions.
  • Arrive early to the work location.
  • Dress professionally (unless otherwise instructed by your shadow day host).
  • Take photos of the event to show your class and also send to ASID! (Ask permission to take photographs.)
  • Keep client and project information learned during shadow experience confidential.
  • Don't treat the shadow day as an interview — this is an observational learning experience.
  • Do not expect payment from your shadow day host for time spent at the work location.
  • Do not expect reimbursement from your shadow day host for costs incurred in traveling to the work location.