We recognize the importance of mentoring in the human centered design industry and we are always trying to provide mentorship to as many students who request this service. Past and current programs include:
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.
2021-2022: Mentor Pod Program
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. Mentors include HCDE alumni and industry experts from Microsoft and other organizations.