Thoughts from Interior Design Co-op, Michele Yang

By Michele Yang, Interior Design Co-op, DEI Incorporated

During my two semesters as a co-op at DEI, I have gained a lot of insight on what an interior designer does in the field and had many opportunities to learn and grow. A notable aspect of working at a design-build firm, such as DEI, is being able to see all the different fields that go into creating a building from start to finish, such as construction, architecture, graphics, marketing, and sales. By working with these fields, I have gained an understanding of the importance of each one and the steps involved to move a project through the process from design to a completed project. The mentorship and the work experience I received helped me further develop my interior design skills in both AutoCAD and Sketchup. Thanks to my mentors and hands-on experience, I learned the importance of material selection, meeting and learning about different vendors, as well as attending client meetings. I am very thankful to be a part of such an amazing process and team. I appreciate all the guidance that I have received at DEI, as it has influenced my development not only as a designer but also as an individual. All of this has been an invaluable lesson for me, and I am very grateful for this opportunity.

About DEI Incorporated

DEI is a forward-thinking, expert driven architectural design/build company founded in 1985.  DEI has designed, built, or remodeled over 1,800 financial facilities and transformed banks and credit unions into retail environments, a place to cross-sell products and services, improve efficiencies and increase the bottom line while connecting to your digital tools and spaces. Learn more at