2021 Mentorship Program: Meet You Where You Are

Let’s get going to where you want to be. Become part of our AIGA Boston community as a Mentor or Mentee in our anticipated Mentorship Program for 2021!

We get it. Maybe you’re looking for guidance in your new design career, or you’re looking to give back to newer designers in this changing field. You may be seasoned, you may be new. You may be seeking wisdom to share and reshape. You may want to genuinely connect with another person who can share new perspectives. But that’s the secret, isn’t it? You’re always learning, and that’s why you’re here.

We invite you to apply! Applications are due: March 19, 2021.

The AIGA Boston Mentorship Program of 2021 welcomes creative professionals from across disciplines; graphic design, illustration, UI/UX, strategy/research, copywriting, animation, and multidisciplinary practitioners. We are committed to providing mentorship to design students, emerging designers, and seasoned professionals.

The program involves a four-month, one-on-one mentoring engagement; pairing Creatives to share insights and experiences. It’s a great way to genuinely make new connections, exchange ideas, build your skills, and share inspirations.


The mentorship program is held over the course of four months. Our term begins in April and ends in July. We ask that you commit to being fully engaged in the mentoring relationship for the duration of the program.


Mentors: Active professionals–employed or retired–in the field of graphic design, communications, advertising, illustration, visual arts, product design, user interface or user experience with 5+ years of relevant experience.

Mentees: Designers at any stage of their career, students in their last year of an undergraduate program or any year of graduate school may apply.


To apply, mentors and mentees must fill out an application and choose their interests within the program. Applications will be used to find the best matches. Matching will depend on the number of participants and their interests. Once you have been matched, you will be notified and meet your mentoring partner during the virtual Kick Off event in April. 

Applications are due: March 19, 2021.

*Apply to be a mentor → Here.

*Apply to be a mentee → Here

*Please only apply to be either a mentor or a mentee. If you apply for both we will automatically place you in the mentee group.


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. Generally, our mentoring partners strive to meet virtually two (2) times a month or eight (8) times during the course of the program–and keep in regular contact by email.

AIGA Boston provides ongoing support to you during the program and provides mentorship-only track curriculum to follow if you choose. We’ll provide avenues where you can meet up with other mentors and mentees in the program. We also invite you to virtually attend AIGA Boston events, workshops.


Your time! The program is free for AIGA members and non-members alike. We encourage all participants to support the program by joining AIGA. Your membership costs go directly to putting on programs like this for our entire design community.

Applications are due: March 19, 2021.

Apply to be a mentor → Here.

Apply to be a mentee → Here.

Questions about the program?

Please contact Mentorship Program co-chairs, Hannah Schindler or Amy Parker to learn more.

Graphic by Izzy Washburn

A note about this program:

This is a first come first serve program with a maximum capacity of 50 pairs (100 people total). We will notify you if we do not have capacity for this year, so please apply now if you want to be part of this program!

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Venue Accessibility:

AIGA Boston is committed to hosting events that are accessible for all. If you need special assistance to participate in this event, please contact Jess Charlap, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, at jess@boston.aiga.org. For reasonable assistance accommodations to be provided, please notify us at least five business days in advance of the event. If we do not receive timely notification of your reasonable request, we may not be able to make the necessary arrangements by the time of the event.

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By AIGA Boston
Published March 10, 2021