Become a Mentor

Mentoring Program

Our mentoring program pairs driven and passionate students and early career professionals with seasoned leadership in the field to transform lives.  Through our program, mentees have met with industry luminaries that provide them invaluable feedback, networking opportunities and a human connection at the beginnings of their careers.  Past mentees speak to the power of having a human connection in a sometimes difficult to navigate industry.  Mentors speak to the fulfillment they get from helping someone learn from their experiences and the recharge of passion they get from those new to the field. 

The AIAS Foundation is enrolling for its 2016/2017 program year.  We are looking for the following:

Mentors are individuals who:

  • Minimum 5-10 year work experience in the industry
  • Working in any discipline of the interactive entertainment company
  • Are willing to attend at least one in-person meeting with mentee, either at the D.I.C.E. Summit or another industry event.
  • Have a desire to support the professional growth of a younger individual in the gaming industry
  • Agree to a one-year commitment to the program
  • Are willing to spend a minimum of three hours a month with the mentee, using any form of communication
  • Are willing to communicate with the mentee weekly
  • Are willing to attend an initial online orientation
  • Are willing to communicate regularly with the project manager and submit bimonthly meeting information

Mentees are individuals who:

  • Are at least 18 years’ old
  • Demonstrate a desire to participate in the program and be willing to abide by all Mentoring Program policies and procedures
  • Are either a:
    • student attending any accredited university with an intent to pursue a career in game development
    • Or a professional with less than 5 years’ work in a production position (e.g., community management, BI, designers, artists, production, engineering, QA)
  • Agree to a one-year commitment to the program
  • Commit to spending a minimum of three hours a month in communication with the mentor
  • Are willing to communicate with the mentor weekly
  • Are willing to attend mentee trainings as required
  • Are willing to communicate regularly with the project manager and discuss monthly meeting and activity information
  • Are willing to provide reports about their experiences and inspirational stories in gaming that may be used to educate middle school STEM students
  • Are willing to work with middle school STEM students to promote STEM academic and professional work

While our mentoring program is not limited to women, we dedicate significant resources to ensuring that women are sufficiently represented in our programming.  

If you have any questions or would like more information on getting involved in our Mentoring Program, sign up below or directly contact Kelly Thomas at kelly@interactive.org.

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