AIGA Chapter Mentorship Programs

AIGA chapters around the country are committed to providing mentorship programs to local high school students, college students, emerging designers and seasoned professionals.

For all career levels

AIGA Boston
The AIGA Boston Mentorship Program welcomes creative professionals from across disciplines. We are committed to providing mentorship to design students, emerging designers, and seasoned professionals. The program involves a five-month, one-on-one mentoring engagement; pairing designers to share insights and experiences. It’s a great way to make new connections and exchange ideas and inspirations.

AIGA Chicago
The AIGA Chicago Mentorship Program welcomes individuals of all career levels and from all creative fields. Individuals meet regularly during a two-to-four-month period and share resources, experiences and may even collaborate on projects. Each group decides on their own what they want to accomplish based on the theme for that session.

AIGA Northwest Arkansas
You are a lone wolf ready to take on the world at every turn. Confident in all of your abilities, you seek advice from no one and achieve success in all that you do. If this is you, turn back now. If you don’t relate, then you have come to the right place. AIGA NWA’s inaugural Mentorship Program, Mentorsense, promises to provide seasoned mentors a way to give back to the design community and learn about themselves, and gives mentees an avenue to gain insight into navigating the waters of their career.

AIGA Pittsburgh
AIGA Pittsburgh's Mentor Mashup program provides our design community with opportunities to meet, collaborate, and learn from each other over a 10-week session. We hope to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships that will be self-sustained for years to come.

AIGA San Francisco
AIGA San Francisco teamed up with their friends at Visa to create a new Mentorship Program exclusively for AIGA SF members. The program is a six-month one-on-one mentoring partnership, pairing designers with vast experience to provide encouragement, motivation, and guidance.

For college students and emerging designers

AIGA Arizona
Whether you’re still in design school or you’re just starting out in the market, AIGA Arizona’s mentorship program can put you in touch with a local expert mentor who is willing to share what they’ve learned over the years so you don’t have to make the same mistakes over again. Mentor events also include the “Dinner with a Legend” series as well as lectures and events at local colleges and universities.

AIGA Atlanta
AIGA Atlanta’s mentoring program "Rise Up," founded in 2015, pairs emerging designers and students with established design professionals. The goal of the program is to empower individuals and strengthen the bonds in the design community.

AIGA Central Pennsylvania
Flourish will aim to pair up ten emerging designers with a mentor who is working in a design role, and has 5+ years experience in an agency, freelance or in-house role. Our mentees should have a desire to grow professionally and a want to serve in a leadership capacity to some degree in their career. Mentees must also be a current AIGA member. Our mentors are folks in the field who are looking to give back to the emerging population, and willing to spend some of their time reviewing their mentee’s portfolio and providing advice on the workplace to facilitate a relationship with their mentee.

AIGA Charlotte
Mentor Matchup is a three-month mentoring program designed to cultivate the career growth and professional success of emerging designers. Mentors and mentees will come together and work hand-in-hand to identify the mentee’s career goals and aspirations. Then, over the next three months, mentors will provide advice and guidance as they show their mentees the ropes.

AIGA Colorado
Members with less than four years of expe­ri­ence and col­lege stu­dents often begin their careers nav­i­gat­ing design dis­ci­plines to find the best fit. To help in this search, AIGA Colorado men­tor­ship round­table events match up local pro­fes­sion­als with small groups of stu­dents and emerg­ing design­ers for a short-term men­tor­ing expe­ri­ence that kicks off with a getting-to-know-you event.

AIGA Houston
Design Loop partners 10 lucky emerging designers with 10 proven design professionals over a four-month period. It’s good old-fashioned career growth, streamlined. The goal is for participants to end up with more than a line-item on a resume and a LinkedIn connection—a meaningful, insightful partnership.

AIGA Kansas City
The inaugural AIGA Kansas City Mentorship Program is a place where seasoned creatives and emerging talent gather to encourage open dialogue, share career advice and provide networking opportunities.

AIGA Mobile
Developed by the Public Relations Council of Alabama Mobile Bay Chapter, American Institute of Graphic Arts Mobile Chapter and the American Advertising Federation – Mobile Bay, the Elevate Program is a six-month structured mentorship experience for junior and senior-level students as well as recent graduates (1-2 years post graduation) who seek to work in the fields of design, advertising and communications/public relations.

AIGA Orange County
The AIGA Orange county mentorship program pairs seasoned creatives across a wide variety of occupations and industries with the next generation of talent, whether they be students or emerging professionals. The goal is to share insights, offer career advice, exchange inspiration and collaborate to elevate our industry as a whole.

AIGA Orlando
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.

AIGA Philadelphia
AIGA Philadelphia’s Mentorship Program pairs seasoned working professionals with emerging designers just starting out in their careers. In this nine-month one-on-one partnership, matched pairs work together to create their own unique program based on the needs and interests of the mentee and tempered by the mentor’s experience.

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.

For high school students

AIGA Boston
Youth Design is a unique summer internship and mentoring program that introduces urban public high school teens to the creative economy through paid internships with professional design mentors. Youth Design students make valuable contributions to their mentoring workplaces through a hands-on learning experience that shapes their educational and professional paths.

AIGA Chicago
In 2014 AIGA Chicago’s Education team began a partnership with Chicago Public Schools, bringing professional designers into high schools with design-focused curriculum, and then sending high school students to some of the city’s top design firms and departments. The program’s goal is to foster industry fluency and create access to the resources kids need to succeed professionally. To date, we’ve brought panelists from One Design Company, Leo Burnett’s Department of Design, Cards Against Humanity, Morningstar, Sprout Social and 50,000feet to Prosser Career Academy on the city’s north side and Marie Sklodowska Curie Metro High School on the south side. Designers present their work and share anecdotes about the trajectory of their careers. Following the panels, students were invited to visit each studio and company during Job Shadow Day, getting a more in-depth perspective into a day in the life of a designer.

AIGA New York
The AIGA/NY Mentoring Program has been providing creative professionals with the opportunity to make a difference in the life of an ambitious young artist for over 15 years. The program kicks off in the fall and gives professionals the chance to work with talented students from the New York City High School of Art and Design.

AIGA San Diego
LINK is an AIGA San Diego program that connects teens in need with artists and creative professionals, encouraging expression, creativity and self-esteem through innovative workshops and educational scholarships. Every year, students are recruited who will benefit from the artistic, motivational, and financial assistance to establish career and life goals.

AIGA Seattle
AIGA Seattle’s Link program connects area high school students with artists and creative professionals to encourage expression, creativity and self-esteem through innovative workshops and mentorship over a nine month period. Every third Saturday of the month, students complete artwork that demonstrates an understanding of the medium presented by a guest artist. Seniors participate in a portfolio-building workshop to create a professional presentation of their work. Finally, the AIGA Link Program awards scholarships to qualified graduating seniors at an end of year Gallery Show.

AIGA Washington, DC
The AIGA Washington, DC Mentoring Speaker Series brings DC metro designers and creatives to a local high school once a month to share their work, process and experience.