AIGA Portland’s Mentorship Program

AIGA Portland’s Mentorship Program is designed to connect student designers with professional mentors from our own creative community. 

During the eight-week program mentees & mentors meet weekly for digital one-on-one sessions. The program is lightly structured to maximize flexibility with the individuals’ pre-established goals and expectations. 

The initial 2021 Mentorship Program took place during the winter term, running from January 16, 2021 – March 13, 2021. We anticipate the next session will be announced in Fall of 2021 and take place in January 2022. If you would like to be added to the Mentorship Program announcement list for the next session, please email AIGA Portland’s Mentorship Chair Gianni Scarpino at 

See below for details on how it works, program guidelines and how to apply.

How It Works

AIGA Portland’s Education Committee pairs AIGA student mentees with professional mentors for an eight-week mentorship program that promotes community, design education, and personal & professional development.

  • Mentees and mentors fill out online applications (located below) before the deadline.
  • Selected individuals are paired based on their concentration, geography, interests, and other parameters.
  • All mentee-mentor pairs are introduced at a digital kick-off session where they establish goals and expectations to ensure a meaningful experience.
  • Each pair is encouraged to meet weekly throughout the program (8 meetings in 8 weeks).
  • All mentee-mentor pairs meet again at a digital closing celebration on where they are invited to share what they worked on and learned during the program.


The Winter 2021 Mentorship Program was only open to AIGA Student Group members. All student group members who fully apply will be accepted. No fee required. For more information on forming an official AIGA student group at your school, contact Angela Espersen at

Mentee applications are closed.


The Mentor position is open to design professionals with at least 5 years of experience in a design-related field. No fee required. AIGA membership is encouraged but not mandatory. To join AIGA, sign up at

Mentor applications are closed.


Reach out to AIGA Portland’s Mentorship Chair Gianni Scarpino at