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 creative community with leadership and learning opportunities. Each event focuses on a topic chosen by the community. Design leaders in the topic area are selected as mentors (panelists). Serving as a mentor is a great opportunity to get experience at public speaking in addition to mentorship. Mentees (participants) can 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
Our program brings seasoned creatives (professionals with at least 4 years of experience) together with emerging talent (college sophomores up to professionals with 3 years of experience). We provide valuable networking opportunities and encourage open dialogue focused on professional and personal development. Whether you’re a mentor or a mentee, involvement in our mentorship program is a great way to become active in and help strengthen Kansas City’s dynamic design community.
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 over ten years ago, the AIGA Philadelphia chapter offers a Mentorship Program that engages professionals in a short-term, one-on-one mentoring relationship with fellow practitioners primarily in the Philadelphia area. Although with these unprecedented times we’re currently offering this program to anyone in the United States to be taken advantage of in the virtual sense.
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!