The Mentorship Program assists mentees in building relationships that broaden professional networks and provide insightful feedback for real-world application. Mentors can offer additional perspective and opportunities to learn best practices in navigating a successful career path. Mentors and mentees kick off the program with a meet and greet reception followed by a tailored program specific to each match. The program is flexibly structured to accommodate both student and professional schedules. Possible options for the program can include job shadowing, on-site tour, networking events, portfolio review, critiques on material, casual meet-ups or scheduled phone conversations.
“Oblong Industries has had the pleasure of mentoring students through ArtCenter's CPD Mentorship Program for the last two years. The students we've worked with are professional, motivated, and thoughtful. The structure of the engagement is flexible enough that in each case, we've tailored things to accommodate busy schedules. Our internal design team has benefited from the fresh ideas the students bring; we have them present their work as well as provide an external perspective on what we're doing. Interacting with the other mentees and their mentors at the closing reception is another great opportunity to connect with interesting folks across a wide range of industries. I've remained in touch with mentees as they've moved out into successful careers with important organizations. It's definitely worth your time.” - Director of Interaction Design, Oblong Industries
“The ArtCenter mentor program is a great way to connect with the school and get to know a promising student. Besides being really fun, it's gratifying to pass on some of the things I wish people had said to me earlier in my career. Working with a mentee helped me take stock of how much I have accomplished and how much I can learn from younger people in a constantly evolving media landscape." - President, Common Myths, Inc.
“The Art Center mentorship program is not just an opportunity to connect with a student directly, but it also gives an insight on the education that Art Center provides. Having been paired with a very talented and responsive student it allowed me to elevate the bi-weekly reviews to a conceptual level and leave most of the basic academia behind.
We picked a school project, early on. It gave us the focus needed to set us up in a professional environment and set goals. I enjoyed the process so much and found it so rewarding that I signed up again this year and I can't wait to see who else is going to sign up for it this year.” – VP/ Creative Director, Titmouse Inc.
If you are an ArtCenter alum or an employer looking to provide a 10-week mentorship experience for an ArtCenter student, please complete a mentor profile.