Mentorship Program launching in 2020


AIGA West Michigan is thrilled to launch our first Mentorship Program in January of 2020. 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!

The program is a 4-month experience that pairs designers to learn together, energize each other, and make the West Michigan design community more inclusive and supportive.

Interested in participating? Apply as a mentor here or a mentee here!


Is this for me?
Yes, it is. It all depends on which side you’d like to be in. Here are some criteria to help you decide where you will fit best:

Mentors: Do you have 5+ years of experience in the design field? Then your wisdom and advice is appreciated. You can participate as a mentor, apply here!

Mentees: Are you graduating from design school or a Design bootcamp? Do you have less than five years of experience or are changing careers? Is your head full of uncertainty and questions about the future (trust us, we have all been there)? We can help. Participate as a mentee, apply here!

And how long will this last?
The program will last from mid-January to mid-May. We ask for your full commitment in this relationship for these four months of the year.

However, each relationship will be unique between mentors and mentees. You will set your goals together. We only expect that you meet in person at least once a month, four times total, and keep in touch online (email, Slack, etc).

AIGA West Michigan will host the first meeting and a celebratory party where you can meet the other participants in the program. While in the program, the mentors may also receive complimentary admission to AIGA WM paid events.

What is the cost?
The program is free for mentors. We thank them for their time commitment and their valuable help. Mentees who are AIGA members pay a $15 fee. Non-members pay a $40 fee. The funds will help support the program’s events and its cost. We encourage all participants to support it and its future by becoming an AIGA member. Not a member but want to be? Join here!

All right. I can do it. How do I apply?
To apply, complete the online application form. Applications will be used to make the best matches possible. Matching will be based on the number of participants and their interests. Participants will be notified by January 15th and meet your partner at our kick-off event on January 29th. The program will be limited to 20 participants.

Excuse me… I still have questions
Of course! Please contact Education Director Vinicius Lima and Mentorship Chairs Shandon Cardosa and Danylle Leonard to learn more.

And one more thing…
By applying to the program, you agree to the AIGA Code of Conduct.

By AIGA West Michigan
Published December 3, 2019