Mentorship Program 2020

Help build and bond a stronger design community: become an AIGASF Mentor or Mentee!

We've teamed up with our friends at Visa to create a second edition of the Mentorship Program exclusively for the Bay Area community. The AIGA SF + Visa Mentorship Program is a six-month group mentoring partnership, pairing designers with vast experiences to provide encouragement, motivation and guidance.

We've tweaked the selection process and created a new series of events that will differ from the previous program. This time around you'll have an opportunity to meet more Mentors/Mentees (instead of being assigned to just one for the duration of the program).

If you want to spark inspiration, learning and professional growth within our design community, or if you are looking to take things to the next level, gain advice, or make a career move—we invite you to apply to this program!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Applicants accepted into the program will be notified by February 18th. Space is limited to 50 Mentors and 50 Mentees!

Apply to be a MENTOR

Apply to be a MENTEE


Our six-month term begins in February and ends in August 2020.

1:1 Meetings Each partnership is unique! Partners set their own goals and guidelines for building the relationship. As a guideline, our mentoring partners strive to meet in person once a month for 1-2 hours - six times during the course of the program and keep in contact by email regularly.

Attendance: We will host monthly receptions as well as a wrap-up party, where you can meet other participants, mix with top Bay Area talent, and share progress as you navigate through this program.

Applicants accepted into the program are expected to participate with one-on-one mentoring sessions and online meetings (or group gatherings, post-COVID19). We understand things come up, but with limited spots available, please only apply if you can commit to participation!


Thursday, February 27th
Mentor Kick-Off Night (Mentors Only): Mentors will have the opportunity to gather with your peers and network with other thought leaders from the Bay Area Community. We'll be giving you an overview of the program in more detail and learn more about techniques and strategies you can take into the mentorship process with your mentees.

Wednesday, March 18th: POSTPONED

Tuesday, April 14th Online Event
Mentor/Mentee Group Pairing Night: Mentor/Mentee Workshop Session

Wednesday, May 20th
Mentor/Mentee Workshop

Wednesday, June 10th
Mentee Night (Mentees Only)

Tuesday, June 30th
Mentor/Mentee Night

Wednesday, July 15th
Mentor/Mentee Night with Guest Speakers

TBD:Wrap Up Party + Gallery Showcase for Mentors and Mentees

Note: These dates may change based on venue availability.

Mentees: This program is an exclusive benefit of AIGA SF membership. Join today and be part of the largest community of design professionals in the Bay Area, and receive all the benefits of membership including mentorship program eligibility.

Applications due February 4, 2020. Applicants accepted into the program will be notified by February 19th. Space is limited to 50 Mentors and 50 Mentees!

Yes! I want to be a Mentor! // Yes! I want to be a Mentee!