ID Internships

See What Southern Miss Student Interns are Doing!

Rachael Shannon

Rachael Shannon, Identity Architects, SK Interiors

Identity Architects is a cutting edge architectural firm in Houston, TX that specializes in retail, medical, hospitality and industrial design. SK Interiors is a sister firm that specializes in interiors. Rachael is excited to be working on a Hilton Hotel project and getting more experience and training using Revit. She has been busy creating reflected ceiling plans, demolition plans, and creating floor designs for various projects.


LaTrina Hughes

Latrina Hughes, The Design Group

The Design Group is a full service interior design firm located in Hattiesburg, MS specializing in commercial, medical, institutional, and hospitality design. Latrina has been space planning a church youth center and working with the clients to select the finishes and furnishings for the space. She is enjoying this project because of her connections to the church which she attended as a student at USM.


Aya Nishio

Aya Nishio, Canizaro Cawthon Davis

Canizaro, Cawthon, Davis is an architecture firm in Jackson , MS that specializes in historic restoration, liturgical, commercial and institutional design. Aya has been very busy working in Arris CAD and also doing 3D modeling for various projects. Aya has had experiences in field measuring, schematic design, finish selection, developing construction documents, making presentation boards and cost estimating.


Lindsey Gavin

Lindsey Gavin, Owens Design

Dianne Owens is a professional member of ASID and a member of the USM Interior Design Advisory Board. The firm, Owens Design, is located in Laurel, MS and is well known for both commercial and residential design. Lindsey is getting experience in all aspects of the interior design business from purchasing and setting up an antique booth to researching the arts and crafts style for a downtown "model" apartment that the public will tour. In addition, she has worked on the dining facilities for a country club, and created some custom wall art for a client.


Margaret Emery

Margaret Emery, B&S Appliance Distributors, Inc.

B&S appliance is a Hattiesburg interior design business specializing in kitchen design. They are the distributors for many high end appliances such as Viking, Thermador, and Sub Zero to name a few. One of Margaret's main responsibilities during the first few weeks has been to design and oversee the showroom renovation. She has planned the space on CAD and coordinated with all the sub-contractors for the appliance locations. She recently began work on a pool house design for a local client.


Sunny Gooch

Sunny Gooch, Lounge Interiors

Lounge Interiors is a new mid- to-high-end residential design firm located in Jackson, MS. The firm is known for its "Hollywood Regency" style and uses clean lines and neutral colors with pops of color and contemporary art. Sunny has enjoyed learning about merchandising and showroom display as well as the business aspects of starting a new business. She has been working with several residential clients and also a commercial project for a plastic surgery center.



Mandi Jeukens, Robert Parker Adams Architect

Robert Parker Adams firm specializes in historic restoration and financial institution design. They also work in liturgical, healthcare, and institutional design. Mandi has been working on a bank design and has also had experiences in planning systems furniture, reflected ceiling plans, electrical plans and finish schedules. Mandi has leaned that it is sometimes necessary to compromise with the clients, even when they want to use their existing 30 year old orange shag carpet and dark wood paneling.  As our only junior intern, Mandi is looking forward to returning the in the fall to apply all she has learn from her experiences.


Kari Ann Garriga

Kari Ann Garriga, Nancy Price Interior Design, Inc.

Nancy Price Interior Design is an established high-end residential firm in Jackson, MS that specializes in a variety of antiques, local art and antique art. The firm is a design-build firm offering full service from designing the home to drawing the plans and selling the furniture and finishes. Kari Ann has become very familiar with the showroom and product offerings and has overseen the reorganization of the entire showroom. The firm is currently working on a Malibu, CA condo previously owned by Matthew McConaughey.


Courtney Germany

Courtney Germany, Anderson Retail

Anderson Retail is one of South Mississippi 's largest interior design businesses. With close to 100 employees, the company offers full interior design services from contract design and sales, office furniture, lighting, paint, flooring, and has recently added a lighting division. Courtney is working in the lighting showroom and is learning about residential lighting solutions and working with clients to layout lighting for homes.


Anna Smith

Anna Smith, Summerhouse, LLC

Summerhouse, LLC is a high-end residential design firm owned by Lisa Palmer, alumus of the USM interior design program. The firm is best known for its unique, modern designs specializing in top-of-the-line merchandise for the sophisticated client. Anna has been working on multiple residential projects and has been field measuring, selecting and estimating finishes, fabrics and furnishings as well as maintaining the resource library and showroom.


Cassie Ziegler

Cassie Ziegler,  Lawler-Isco Interior Design

Lawler-Isco Interior Design is a high-end residential design firm located in Winter Park, Fl, near Orlando. Owned by USM interior design alum, Suzanna Lawler-Isco, the firm specializes in very large residential projects ranging from 10,000 sq. feet to 75,000 sq. feet. Cassie has been working on multiple residential projects including a kitchen, dining room, master suite and a child's room. She has also been involved in ASID and has worked on a homeless day-center. She is staying very busy and working a lot of overtime.