The External Partnerships program at Parsons offers private companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies the unique opportunity to collaborate with emerging designers.
Leading corporations and nonprofits, across sectors, already work with The New School in academic collaborations that invigorate corporate practice and thinking with fresh perspectives. Industry partnerships and support are vital to Parsons, ensuring that a Parsons education fuses
innovative exploration with real-world application.
Our work with partners takes many forms, both inside and outside of the classroom. The program has yielded a wealth of concepts and tangible work, including product labels for
Kiehl’s Since 1851, store designs for Target,
JPMorgan intranet Web applications, and, with the humanitarian group
CARE, product-development workshops for traditional Mayan weavers (Ajkem’a Loy’a) in Guatemala.
Download a Partnership Application (Word doc)
Submit the completed application along with any questions to:
Parsons School of Design
66 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
To infuse a spirit of innovation and foster creativity in corporate practice, Parsons offers a number of opportunities for collaboration.
Design Competitions and Charrettes
Competitions and charrettes provide access to innovative approaches to focused design or business problems. Through the charrette process, groups of students from one or more departments respond to a partner’s design challenge through a short, focused, highly structured brainstorming session culminating in verbal and visual presentations. Design competitions allow partners to outline a detailed challenge, and any interested student may submit work for consideration. Competitions and charrettes
occur in the context of the academic curriculum.
Semester‐Long Collab Classes
Collab classes offer the opportunity for extensive analysis of a design problem and bring Parsons’ analytical and creative acumen to focus on a corporate design or business challenge. During the collab, an entire class is devoted to a design challenge for up to a
semester or more, engaging students from one or more academic departments. All students in the course develop work in response to the design challenge, either individually or in teams.
Internships and Career Recruiting Events
Career Recruiting offers access to talented students and alumni who are at the top of the design field. Scholarship support ensures that talented design students have the opportunity to receive a degree from a globally influential program known for producing design’s
next generation of leaders.
Event sponsorship heightens your company’s visibility, reaching an audience composed of influential creative and industry professionals, emerging students, and alumni who are leaders in their fields.
Throughout the year, Parsons offers a vibrant roster of exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, open studios, symposia, and workshops that draw a diverse audience interested in art, design, innovation, and creativity.
Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons’ galleries are an important downtown destination for art and design programming. Open to public view at a prime spot of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center offers a year‐round schedule of public programs and exhibitions of work by outside
artists and designers, faculty, and students.
Parsons Festival ‐ May 2016
This annual series of art and design events reaches an audience in the thousands. Parsons Festival 2016 will feature cutting‐edge student work for the public and Parsons community and includes thesis exhibitions and critiques, thought‐provoking public programs, interactive installations,
gallery openings, workshops, and special events.
Parsons Fashion Benefit ‐ May 2016
This high‐energy creative black‐tie gala and fashion show — which draws an international audience from fashion, retail, and entertainment — raises scholarship funds for Parsons students and showcases the very best fashion and accessory designs by our new graduates. A highlight of the
event is the naming of the Designer of the Year.
Bed Bath and Beyond
Common Ground Community
Design for Democracy
Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)
Design Within Reach
The Fortune Society
International Budget Project
International Contemporary Furniture Fair
Lord & Taylor
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Luxury Education Foundation (Chanel, Christian Dior, Hermes, Lalique, Saks Fifth Avenue)
Metro/New York Times
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
New York City Department of Sanitation
New York City Public Schools
New York Studio Program
Phat Farm/Baby Phat
Siemens Corporate Research
Studio Museum of Harlem
Swedish House of Form
Take the Field
Transitional Living Community
Women for Women International