The AIGA Chicago Mentorship Program is a place where creatives from across disciplines gather to share insights, experiences and resources. It’s a great place to make new connections, exchange inspiration and even collaborate on a project or two. 


What it is
The mentorship program is an amazing way to get involved in Chicago’s rich design community and help make it even stronger. Past sessions have included studio tours, designer talks, portfolio reviews and even a Friendsgiving potluck. Head over to tumblr to see more of our past events. Or read about one of our mentor’s past experience here.

How it works
Sessions of the mentor program are held over the course of  10 weeks. The program meets each week, alternating between events with the entire program and your mentor groups. There are five groups within the program, each focusing on something different:

Portfolio Improvement
Looking for a job or just looking to polish up your portfolio? If you need another set of eyes on your work, this is the group for you. We work on portfolios, resumes, and cover letters.

Professional Development
Feeling good about your portfolio, but looking to improve your workplace and professional skills? Join our professional development group, which works on skills like presenting your work and communication.

Be a Better Freelancer
This group, led by a working freelancer, helps those currently freelancing build better skills, or those looking to freelance with ways to get started.

Group Project
If you want to work together with a group of designers to make something awesome, join us! We work together to write a creative brief, design, and produce a project. Past groups projects have been exhibited at session wrap up parties.

Hanging Out
The hangout group is a great way to dip your toes in the design community and meet some new people. This group is pretty flexible, sometimes attending events around the city together or just grabbing a drink and chatting design.

Learning Leadership Skills
As you advance in your career and find yourself in a role leading and managing others, how do you ensure you are making a positive impact on your team? This group will help those climbing the ladder, or who are already there, in putting their best foot forward.

Groups  are comprised of professionals from a spectrum of creative fields and career levels. Our past participants have included professionals from interaction designers to illustration, and from students to art directors. By the way, the program is free for AIGA members and non-members alike.

How to get involved

Our Fall 2016 Mentor Program is now in session. If you’d like to get involved in Spring 2017 let us know! We’ll just add your name to the notification list for the next round. You can always keep up with the program via Facebook and Instagram (that’s where we’ll announce the next kick-off date).

Get in touch
Have questions? Hit up Mentorship Chair, Jen Lemerand, at lemerand

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