Now accepting new mentors and mentees
Shine is a four-month mentoring program designed to fertilize the career growth and professional success of emerging designers. Mentors and mentees will come together and work hand-in -hand to identify the mentee’s career goals and aspirations. Then, over the next four months, mentors will provide advice and guidance as they show their mentees the ropes.
Do you wish you had some insight into what design professionals think of your work? Ever wonder what a “real” design firm looks like? Are you curious what you’ll actually be doing when you graduate? How do projects come to life? Is it magic?
Do you remember all the mistakes you made when you first graduated? Ever wish you were back in design school and you had a semester to complete your projects? Do you want to share with recent college graduates what the real world is like?
How it Works
Now accepting applications for mentors ( 5+ years of experience) and mentees (1-4 years of real world design experience) for Spring 2014. Once mentors and mentees have applied, our mentoring committee will match you based on your interests and desired career path. If we find we are unable to find a match, we will notify you immediately. Later at the kickoff event, you’ll meet your mentor/mentee, hear great ideas for how to start your partnership and the specifics of the program itself.
If this sounds like something you can commit to please do the following:
- Consider the commitment carefully before you apply. The success of any mentoring relationship is contingent.
- Register: Potential Mentors: Register for free here. Potential Mentees: Register and pay $20 here.
- Answer the questions below in lengthy detail so that we may match you and share your responses with your match.
- Send your answers and confirmation number (from step 2 above) to the SHINE committee via email to Shineaigadc@gmail.com before close of business on December 6, 2013.
Required Questions for Potential Mentors and Mentees
2. In 5 words, what would you like to get out of the program?
3. What are your 3 most inspirational places to visit in the city?
4. Do you like to participate in group activities or more on an individual basis?
5. How do you get around the city (i.e. bus, metro, drive)? Do you have a geographical preference for meeting with your mentor? Virginia, DC and/or Maryland? What meeting times work best for your schedule?
6. What is your best way of communicating (i.e. email, phone, social media)?
7. Are you a planner or more spontaneous when it comes to plans?
8. What’s your favorite typeface and why?
9. What areas of design most interest you and why?
10. What 5 words would you use to describe your personal style?
A portion of proceeds go to the next generation of designers through AIGA DC’s Continuum Fund scholarship.