The External Partnerships program at Parsons connects students with private companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies that support underserved communities.
Client partners benefit from the imaginative answers and solutions provided by Parsons students and supervising faculty. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with clients on real-world, interdisciplinary projects that prepare them for socially relevant careers.
Communities are not served when solutions are imposed from outside. Parsons students use design to form partnerships with clients and communities, engaging social agencies and community stakeholders as co-designers.
Students have created new facilities for organizations and designed new methods of exchanging information within communities. Through discussion with clients, colleagues, and communities, students learn that socially responsible design is possible only when all parties
express their diverse viewpoints using diverse means.
Partners have included Aid to Artisans, CARE, The Fortune Society, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Companies look to Parsons students for their next-generation perspective. Corporate partners frequently bring student and alumni designs to market. Parsons students have designed shoes for Cesare Pacciotti, bags for Henri Bendel, table settings for Riedel, and watches
for Movado. They also worked on the welcome space and accompanying technology for the Samsung Brand Showcase in the Time Warner Center in New York City.
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