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Student Mentoring Programme


Creativity International believes in ensuring our industry's future design stars have every advantage they need to succeed. To that end we have created the Creativity Mentoring Programme. Developed to expose design students to some top creative minds and top international design that they may not otherwise be able to see - they will get an immersive experience during 3 days of intense review of 1,000's of international design entries.

What is the Mentoring Programme?

3 lucky students that have entered and won in Creativity International's Design Awards will be selected to receive an all expense paid trip to Louisville, KY during the judging of the Print & Packaging Awards.

They will have the opportunity to shadow our international panel of judges and find out how and why they are scoring the pieces like they are. They will be involved in the Student Best in Show selection and each night at dinner, we will have a local special guest and they will have a chance to network and "pick the brains" of these professionals!

These students will participate in a video diary and blog/Tweet/Facebook about their experiences while in Louisville and during the judging process so you can follow along. Students are also encouraged to bring their portfolios and have them reviewed by the panel. Only students that have entered Creativity have this opportunity so all you design programs & schools out there need to promote this opportunity to your students!

Companies that are also interested in supporting the future of our industry are encouraged to sponsor a student. Sponsor packages are customized according to needs/wants but all will include promotion on our site and in all correspondence with the design schools and students. Please contact Kathleen Ritchie, Director if interested.


Who is Eligible for the Mentoring Programme?

  • Any student that has entered and won in either the Creativity Media & Interactive Awards or the Creativity Print & Packaging Awards.
  • Students are selected in a blind drawing of all eligible entrants.
  • Students from any country are eligible. 
  • If an invited student cannot attend, an alternate will be selected.

What is included?

  • Roundtrip airfare from country/city of origin and Louisville, KY, USA
  • Hotel accommodations 
  • Airport/Hotel Transfers 
  • All meals during judging days

What is NOT included?

  • Travel documentation i.e. passports, visas, etc. Those are the responsibility of the traveler.
  • Sightseeing
  • Hotel nights outside of judging dates (extended stay)
  • Meals outside of judging days
  • Incidentals and items of a personal nature

When are the selected students be announced?

Selectees are invited and after acceptance they will be announced globally via email, press release and our website.


Shinny Jain 2014 Creativity Mentoring Program Participant 

“Time travels life stays, I travel my soul stays!!!” – Shinny Jain

Shinny is a traveler at heart and designer by soul. Expecting to graduate with honors in BA fashion design, she works towards recycling of waste in form of garments as well as products. Her keen interest towards graphic designing is visible through her design sensibility and her ideas of recycling chips packets. In future, she plans to open an NGO in India based on same issues.

Shinny is currently attending The Pearl Academy in Delhi, India and works part time as a graphic designer with The Handicraft Store, company based in Hyderabad, India.

Shinny won Gold in 2013 for her entry "Reusing Package Waste" in the Repurposed Design category.

David Earhart 2014 Creativity Mentoring Program Participant

David Earhart is an graphic designer and illustrator who took the path less chosen in finding success and happiness in life. Eventually, he circled back to try the beaten path instead and found it was much easier to travel now; especially with military service under his belt. An all around lover of art and music, David stays on top of trends in order to avoid them and always pushes to be original.

David won Silver in 2013 for his entry "React_Respond_Rebuild" in the Poster Campaign category.

Marina Weis 2014 Student Creativity Mentoring Participant

Marina Weis is a 2014 graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she currently resides. She has degrees in journalism and multimedia. Previously, she worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a feature writer and videographer and at 90.5 WESA as the online intern. Her aspirations are to work in video journalism and eventually become a multimedia producer for a news or commercial business. In her down time, she loves to take a break from the digital screen to discover unsung mom-and-pop restaurants and shops and explore the Pa. wilderness.

Marina won Honorable Mention in 2013 for her entry "Carnegie Museum Magazine Spread" in the Editorial Design category.

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