Ways You Engage with Partners
Credit-bearing courses challenge you to address a need presented by a sponsor, such as an organization or business. Courses often enable you to collaborate with peers from outside your discipline on in-depth work and let you connect with industry leaders in a sustained way. Courses sometimes involve prizes.
Sustained extracurricular projects are led by a faculty member and pair students with an external partner, such as a community group or a company, to focus on a design or business challenge. Project work can involve cash awards.
Competitions, Hackathons, and Brainstorms
Sponsored by organizations or firms, these briefer creative problem-solving engagements can take many forms, including brainstorming sessions, weekend hackathons, or competitions that can result in cash prizes. These intense immersions into a design problem build your collaborative skills with a limited time commitment.
Skills You Build with Partners
Discovery and Research
Industry partners seek out the Parsons community for its skill in generating innovative, sustainable, human-centered design solutions. Projects enrich your ability to situate users at the center of the design process and integrate empathic and analytic methods. You develop skill in bringing together ethnographic and systems thinking tools with quantitative analysis to frame key challenges.
Design and Prototyping
A reputation for design excellence, material exploration, and iterative process makes Parsons an ideal place to bring design challenges from a range of industries and sectors. Industry partners outline a need, and you undertake a process of iterative ideation, prototyping, and user testing. Longer engagements allow for the refined prototyping and testing that supports robust concept development.
Blueprint for Implementation
Designers and design strategists are increasingly sought out for their ability to advance an organization's mission through services, systems and products. Partnered projects offer you a supportive environment in which to explore new use cases, product ideas, and consumer experiences. They also give you opportunities to draft implementation, execution, and marketing plans and present them to real clients.