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.

Mentor Program Partner

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Designation, the leading UX/UI design bootcamp, is the 2018 partner for the AIGA Chicago Mentor Program.


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, workshops, and portfolio reviews. Check out #AIGAChiMentor to get a snapshot of the program on Instagram.

Mentor 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 content strategists to creative directors.


How it works

Sessions of the mentor program are held over the course of 10 weeks on Tuesday evenings. The program meets each week, alternating between events with the entire program and your individual mentor groups that have an average of 8-10 participants.

The program is $25 for AIGA members, $50 non-members, and $10 for student members. There is also a hidden cost: your time! We ask that you commit your time to the full 10-weeks to make for the best experience for your whole group.

At the kickoff event, mentees choose to join one our themes 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, communication, and salary negotiation.

CMY-Kickstart Your Design Career
Finishing school? Looking for a career change? Learn the ins and outs of getting your design career off the ground at light speed.

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.

UX Design Ins and Outs
Interested in learning about User Experience? Or are you a working professional in UX looking to advance your skills? We will have two UX focused themes, one geared for those with no experience, and the other to those already in the field.

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.

Collaborate on a 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.

NEW! Self-Care for Creatives
Has work or your personal life created blocks in your creative process? Join this group to learn therapeutic methods that can help you from burning out in the field.


How to get involved

Our Fall 2018 Mentor Program will be open for registration in August, and kicks off in September. If you’d like to get involved, let us know! We’ll 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