2020 Mentorship Program

AIGA Central PA is thrilled to announce that applications are now open for its 2020 Mentorship Program! 

Our 2020 Mentorship Program will run for 6 months, April through September 2020. 

Space is limited to 10 mentor/mentee pairs so sign up now!

Are you a designer in the early stage of your career and wondering how you can advance in your current job? Are you looking for ways to become more valuable to prospective employers by expanding your current set of design skills? Then our Mentorship Program is right for you!

Are you a working professional who is passionate about all things design and looking for a way to give back to the design community? Do you enjoy teaching and coaching and are you willing to share your knowledge with young designers? If so, you would be the perfect mentor!

AIGA Central PA’s Mentorship Program will engage professionals in a short-term, one-on-one mentoring relationship with an emerging designer in the Central PA area. The 2020 term begins in April and ends in September. Applications to the program will be accepted beginning March 1, 2020 and the deadline to apply is March 27, 2020.

About the Mentorship Program

The AIGA Central PA’s Mentorship Program pairs seasoned designers with emerging designers at the onset of their professional careers to provide encouragement, motivation, and guidance. Our term begins in April and concludes in September. The application period for the program opens March 1, 2020.

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. Meeting schedules and venues are fully flexible to your schedule—though we hope you will be able to meet in person at least once a month.

AIGA Central PA provides ongoing support to you during the term. We host a Facebook group where you can post photos, events or general news. AIGA also hosts a series of optional mentorship-only events, workshops and happy hours where you can meet up with other mentors and mentees in the program (if you would like!).

Who Should Apply?

Mentors: Active professionals—employed or retired—in the field of graphic design, communications, advertising, visual arts, digital or interactive media, or related areas with a minimum of seven years of professional experience. Mentors are encouraged, but not required, to be members of AIGA.

Mentor Applicants please click here.

Mentees: Emerging designers of any age in their first five years of practice. Students in their last year of school (undergrad or graduate) may also apply. However, our first priority is to place practicing designers in the program. Mentees must be members of AIGA.

Mentee Applicants please click here.

While we do our best to place most applicants to the program, we have only 10 mentor/mentee slots available for this term.

What is the cost?
There is no fee to join the program.

Questions?
Please contact our Mentorship Director, Jim Castanzo at jim@centralpa.aiga.org

Sponsor this program
Partnering with AIGA Central PA as a corporate sponsor is a wonderful way to show your support for our organization and take advantage of an excellent advertising opportunity for your business.

For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact Jim Castanzo at jim@centralpa.aiga.org

By Ryaan Beck
Published February 6, 2020