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AIGA Vermont Pilots Student Mentorship Program

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AIGA Vermont
Published
January 18, 2019

AIGA Vermont is excited to announce the launch of our first Vermont Design Mentorship Pilot. This inaugural pilot program will run from February to May of 2019.

As a continuation of our engagement with local design students, AIGA Vermont was keenly interested in continuing to help students gain the skills necessary to become successful professionals. Unlike an internship, our program is designed to be customized according to a mentee’s area of need and will offer local professionals an opportunity to give back, offer their perspectives, and provide design career advice. Mentees will grow as designers, gain insight, and simply connect with people to talk design.

Jonathan Mikulak, AIGA Vermont Education Director, explains his motivation to kick off the program,

“I’ve worked at Champlain College for the past seven years as the Senior Designer for Marketing, and I’ve taught in Champlain’s Graphic Design program for five years. These roles have given me the unique privilege of employing design students as interns, as well as instructing them in the classroom. This dual engagement has offered insight into the path that design students navigate today. Having someone interested in their success, offering professional resources, or simply being a sounding board can be life-changing.”

The AIGA Vermont Mentorship Committee has handpicked pairs based on mentees’ application, geographic proximity, professional interests, and the outside interests of each applicant. The program requires a minimum of one hour per month and a maximum of four hours per month of meeting time.

This pilot cohort includes 8 Champlain College senior student mentees and 8 mentor professionals in the field. If successful, the committee hopes to expand the offering to all levels of students (not just seniors) in 2020.

For more information, contact Jonathan.

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