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We recognize the importance of mentoring in Human Centered Design & Engineering career development work to provide mentorship to as many students who request this service. Past and current mentorship programs include:

2021-2023:  Mentor Pod Program

Our goal for the 2022-2023 academic year is to group every student in a mentor pod that meets routinely with an external mentor from January through May, 2023. Student sign up will be available here by Autumn 2022.

In the 2021-2022 academic year, HCDE paired 54 industry mentors with 200 students to create monthly pods that meet for virtually on a regular basis. Topics include portfolios, interviewing, networking, and general Q&A. Learn about the evolution of our unique Mentor Pods program and hear from participating students here.

2017-2020:  Microsoft Mentor Program

The UW’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) and the Microsoft Cloud + AI Studios team piloted a year-long mentorship program that matched students with Microsoft mentors for one-on-one career coaching. Students gain real-world perspective and career guidance from working professionals in user research, UX design, content strategy, and product management. Mentors add enhanced value to students as they begin their own professional careers.