Save The Date
Fri, Apr 21st - Sat, Apr 22nd
North Hennepin College
7411 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park Minnesota 55445

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AIGA Minnesota is thrilled to be hosting our annual Portfolio 1-on-1 this year both in-person and virtually.

Before embarking on your design career search, get invaluable critiques on your portfolio to set your work a step above the rest!

Get ready to showcase your skills and connect with top design professionals at AIGA MN’s annual Portfolio 1-on-1 event! This two-day, hybrid event offers invaluable career insights, critiques on your portfolio, and evaluation of your presentation skills. You’ll also get a glimpse of different types of work environments during studio tours and have the opportunity to submit your portfolio for scholarship awards. With workshops on relevant topics and a chance to network with potential employers, this event could be the first step towards your dream career!


Happenings: Studio Tours, Virtual Portfolio Reviews, and Faculty Forum

  • North Hennepin College; 7411 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
  • *Little & Co. 100 Washington Ave. S., STE 1200, Minneapolis, MN 55401


Happenings: Workshops, Keynote, and Live Portfolio Reviews

  • North Hennepin College; 7411 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55445


* For Faculty Forum, Online Event Management, and Pre-Pro Meetings ONLY. Students will be departing for Studio Tours from North Hennepin College.

The event is for students only, senior or junior academic standing. 


By attending Portfolio 1-on-1, you embark on developing a network of professional contacts that will be valuable as you research the professional world where you will be seeking employment.
  • Learn firsthand what potential employers might specifically require of newly graduated professionals, and get guidance on further perfecting your portfolio.
  • Find out the pulse of the current design, digital, branding, advertising, and corporate trends and needs and potentially find your future mentor or even an employer.
Registration is divided into three tiers:
  1. Student Virtual Review Only Rate: $35
  2. Student AIGA Member Rate: $95
  3. Student Non-member Rate: $120

Not an AIGA member? Join today.

By becoming a member you gain the opportunity to attend the event at a reduced price and take advantage of all the membership benefits year-round.

AIGA offers you deep personal connections with creative professionals in your community and across the nation. By joining AIGA, you are supporting a network of creative change makers, problem solvers, and design industry leaders. Membership benefits:

  • Professional Development (Take advantage of member-exclusive discounts to events, leadership workshops, and the annual Design Conference. Benefit from national and local programming including popular chapter mentorship programs and portfolio reviews)
  • Showcase Your Work (Connect with your peers, build your reputation, and get seen by employers by updating your profile in the AIGA Designer Directory)
  • Leadership Opportunities (Develop your leadership skills by volunteering for your local chapter, serving on task forces and committees, and recommending nominees for our awards programs. Students can also explore the realm of design beyond the classroom and take on leadership roles by joining their on-campus AIGA Student Group)
  • Resources & Inspiration (Gain free access to all of our resources, including designer toolkits, legal guides, and sample legal contracts. Get inspired by viewing popular conference talks or exploring our vast archive of design collections going back to the 1920’s)
  • Savings & Discounts (Enjoy valuable savings and discounts on popular products and services from our partners. Receive member-exclusive discounts on AIGA resources and programming)
  • Job Opportunities (Benefit from access to complete job listings on AIGA Design Jobs and save up to $300 on job postings that will reach thousands of skilled AIGA designers)

Attendance Scholarship

We invite you to apply for a Professional Scholarship to attend Portfolio 1-on-1 if you identify as a member of under-represented groups related to race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability status, age, socioeconomic class, and/or veteran status.

If you would like to apply for an attendance scholarship, please do not register!

Instead, please complete our scholarship application by Friday, March 31st, 2023.

*Attendance Scholarships include an annual membership to AIGA Minnesota.


An email will be sent on April 14th, 2023, to participating students regarding their registration and reviewing next-steps. If you are registered and unable to access the links after receiving the e-mail, please contact [email protected].

Portfolio 1-on-1 Schedule

Friday, April 21st, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • 9 a.m.—Depart for Studio Tours from North Hennepin College
  • 2 p.m.—Return from Tours at North Hennepin College
  • 3:15 p.m.—Digital Reviews Begin
  • 5 p.m.—Faculty Forum Happy Hour at Little & Co.

Saturday, April 22nd, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

*All Saturday Events at North Hennepin College

  • 9 a.m.—Welcome + Keynote
  • 10:15 a.m.–Live Reviews + Workshops Begin
  • 1 p.m.—Lunch
  • 4:45 p.m.—Scholarships Announced + Closing Remarks
  • 6 p.m.—Happy Hour

Call for Reviewers

We’re currently looking for committed professional designers to review student portfolios.

We are planning for an entirely virtual reviews on April 21st from 3:15–5 p.m. and live reviews on April 22nd from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. We will be organizing the two days into :30-minute, 1-on-1 sessions and are asking reviewers to commit to a minimum of either the virtual reviewing and/or the live reviewing. 

If you are interested, please contact Cailey Birchem, the Portfolio 1-on-1 Chair at [email protected].

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Cailey Birchem
Cailey Birchem
Chair of Portfolio 1-on-1® Committee
Hi, I'm a designer, illustrator, educator, and artist based in Minnesota.

After graduating from Alexandria Technical College in 2017, I went on to get my Bachelor's Degree from Bemidji State University with triple emphasis in exhibit design, graphic design, and studio arts. I graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the spring of 2022 with my MFA.

Currently, I am an experience designer at X-FCTR. We are an agency that focuses on consumer engagement through both digital and live brand activations.