The AIGA Orlando Mentorship Program pairs the most passionate design students with leading industry professionals to help refine their skills and prepare them for a career in a creative field. As a mentee in the program, you will be exposed to informative workshops and collaborative work sessions to enhance your personal brand and networking skills. Throughout the program, you will develop connections and relationships which are invaluable and can extend well beyond the program. As a mentor, you’ll impart your skills and years of experience to make a lasting impact on the next generation of creative professionals.
The AIGA Orlando Mentorship Program has been known to garner many talented and successful design mentors from some of the top studios, agencies, and companies in the area. Competition to become a mentee is fierce due to the limited number of slots available.
Our mentorship program is a unique opportunity that has been established to enrich a culture of professionalism and endless creativity in the city of Orlando. Mentors and mentees will be thoughtfully paired by our chapter board members following the application submission period.
The program kicks off annually in November with orientation. Starting from day one, successful entrants will begin working diligently with their mentors and continue to do so for the next 5 months. Each mentee is challenged with creating a self-promotional piece to be displayed in the annual SPOT Award Showcase in April.
The SPOT Award Showcase is a widely attended and competitive exhibition highlighting the collective effort of the mentorship program. Many of Orlando’s creative directors utilize the events to scope out the area’s up-and-coming design talent. Plus, a panel of distinguished local creatives will determine a winner of a “Judges’ Award” representing Best in Show, while a “People’s Choice Award” will be determined by the popular vote of event attendees.
The 2022 Mentorship Program will be virtual this year due to COVID-19. Events will be held in a hybrid mode with optional in person opportunities, meetings, and check-ins will be held online. The Spot Showcase will be virtual with submissions showcased on Behance.
Applicants must either be currently enrolled in a design program or show significant design experience, if enrolled, the applicant must be a Junior or Senior with at least 30 credits toward their degree. Special Applicants are also eligible if they have recently graduated no earlier than May 2021. Applicants accepted into the program will be paired with professionals based on interest and qualifications. Participants do NOT have to be AIGA members to apply. Applicants must have a portfolio of at least 5 pieces of work to submit.
If you are interested in being a mentor or a mentee, please click the Eventbrite registration link. You will be redirected to Eventbrite where you can select the appropriate application form.
There is a $15 non-refundable mentee application fee, and students must follow the application instructions for submitting a current portfolio.
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY 11:59 PM OCTOBER 29, 2021. APPLICATIONS OPEN OCTOBER 4
The SPOT Showcase is the culmination of the AIGA Orlando Mentorship Program, where students are paired with mentors and work on a project over the course of several months. This year, Gail Anderson joined us for an insightful Q&A and the student award recipients were announced. Thank you, Gail Anderson!
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