Chapter Mentorship Programs
AIGA chapters around the country provide mentorship programs to local high school students, college students, emerging designers, and seasoned professionals. Learn about how you can take advantage of your local chapter's mentorship opportunities.
The AIGA AZ Mentorship Meetup events provide our design community with leadership and learning opportunities. Each event will focus on a topic chosen by the community. Design leaders in the topic area will be selected as mentors (panelists). Serving as a mentor (panelist) is a great opportunity to get experience at public speaking and mentorship. Mentees (participants) will discover new insights into a topic of interest.
AIGA Blue Ridge
AIGA Blue Ridge is proud to produce its Emerge Mentorship Program. This program aims to connect emerging designers with current creative professionals through a four-month, one-on-one mentoring engagement. Designers will be able to share insights and experiences, as well as grow their skillsets. This a great way to make new connections and exchange ideas and inspirations.
The AIGA Chicago Mentor Program offers creatives from across disciplines a safe space to gather and share insights, experiences and resources. With the support from our community, we are able to curate our mentor programming. This program helps guide and grow designers at any level of experience through focused mentor groups that are based on our community’s needs.
The Embark Mentorship Program engages the design community and fosters relationships by cultivating the career growth and professional success of emerging designers — those with 0-5 years of experience. It brings together design professionals in a short-term, one-on-one mentoring relationship with an emerging designer in the Cincinnati area. In the beginning, the pair will embark on a journey together to identify the mentee’s goals, and create a customized plan to be tackled over the next four-month period.
We realize that learning doesn’t stop when you leave the classroom with a degree in hand. In fact, that’s when it really starts. New technologies and expanding opportunities require new skills. Designers are constantly evolving to remain relevant, creative and profitable. This is an exciting time to be a professional designer, but it can also be tricky to keep up or set the pace. That’s why AIGA Colorado created the Robert Taylor Professional Grant. This grant is just for you — our Sustaining and Supporting Members — to help further develop your career and meet your professional goals.
Mentorship can unite and empower Connecticut’s creative community through the sharing of knowledge and networks. Our goal is to foster productive and inspiring partnerships that allow both mentees and mentors to grow. We are committed to providing accessible mentorship opportunities to design students, emerging designers, and seasoned professionals. If you are looking to learn new skills, advance professionally, share your knowledge, or make a career move, we invite you to APPLY. Our Mentorship Program is free.
AIGA Kansas City
AIGA Kansas City is thrilled to kick-off its fourth annual mentorship program “Let’s Talk.” Learning how to navigate the professional world is a difficult and overwhelming step for young designers and other creatives. Often, just being able to talk through things with someone “who’s been there” can make all the difference. This program brings together seasoned creatives and emerging talent – both students and young professionals – to encourage open dialogue focused on professional and personal development, share career advice, and provide valuable networking opportunities.
AIGA New York
Each year, AIGA NY connects a select group of professionals from the design industry and allied fields with individuals who are starting off in their careers to help them accelerate their career, personal and leadership growth. The program is free and is open to both AIGA NY and non-AIGA NY members.
In the AIGA Orlando Mentorship program talented students work closely and diligently for four months, under the guidance of the local design professional they're paired with, to create a self-promotional project. The final projects are showcased in a capstone exhibition called SPOT, and the two best are chosen—one by the public and one by a panel of judges.
Launched in 2010, the AIGA Philadelphia Mentorship Program pairs seasoned designers with emerging designers at the onset of their professional careers to provide encouragement, motivation, and guidance. The 2021 term began in January and will end in June. The application period for the program opens annually in December. Each mentoring relationship is unique: you set your individual goals with your partner, drawing on the experience of the mentor and the aspirations and interests of the mentee.
Portland’s Mentorship Program is designed to connect student designers with professional mentors from our own creative community.
During the eight-week program mentees & mentors meet weekly for digital one-on-one sessions. The program is lightly structured to maximize flexibility with the individuals’ pre-established goals and expectations.
AIGA Washington DC
SHINE, a peer-to-peer mentoring program, is designed to fertilize the career growth and professional success of emerging designers. Starting with a kick-off event in early January, mentors and mentees come together and work hand-in-hand to identify the mentee’s career goals and aspirations. Over the next four months, mentors provide advice and guidance as they show their mentees the ropes.
AIGA West Michigan
AIGA West Michigan is thrilled to be launching our second Mentorship Program this upcoming February. Whether you are a designer looking to give back to the community, offer insights, and valuable career advice or a designer just starting up and you want to learn from someone who’s been there too, then we invite you to join our group of mentors/mentees!