• 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:

    External Partnerships
    Parsons School of Design
    66 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10011

    Partnership Opportunities:

    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.

    Sponsorship Opportunities:

    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.

    Past partners include:

    Bed Bath and Beyond
    Brooklyn Industries
    Comedy Central
    Common Ground Community
    Design for Democracy
    Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)
    Design Within Reach
    Ducati Motors
    Electronic Arts
    Estee Lauder/Origins
    The Fortune Society
    The Gap
    Green Depot
    Improving Lives
    International Budget Project
    International Contemporary Furniture Fair
    Lord & Taylor
    Louis Vuitton
    The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
    Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
    Luxury Education Foundation (Chanel, Christian Dior, Hermes, Lalique, Saks Fifth Avenue)
    Merrill Lynch
    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
    Noguchi Museum
    Phat Farm/Baby Phat
    Piaggio USA/Vespa
    Project Earthday
    Siemens Corporate Research
    Sierra Club
    Starwood Resorts
    Studio Museum of Harlem
    Swedish House of Form
    Take the Field
    Transitional Living Community
    Women for Women International