Say hello to 3 exceptional additions to the DFA team for the summer! DFA Interns will spend all summer practicing human-centered design at the organization level, supporting national design education programs, and growing their DFAmily network.

We are so excited for them to gain experience planning and executing our annual large-scale design and leadership event – DFA National Leadership Studio!

Jesse Palma
Industrial Design, Purdue University

This summer I’m most excited about:
I’m pumped to learn how DFA National functions behind the scenes and to learn how much communication and strategic planning it will take to plan Leadership Studio. I am also just excited to work with an amazing team of talented and like-minded individuals!

I hope to gain and grow skills in human-centered design, organizational communication, and critical thinking. I also hope to gain an understanding of professionalism while establishing new connections in the design industry. This will give me more confidence in my career direction while giving me real-world experience before graduating college.

What keeps me busy each day:
I’m focusing on designing the space for Leadership Studio and communicating DFA values through the atmosphere and design. I’ll be doing a lot of sketching, planning, and branding to accomplish my goal. I’m also managing audio and visual setup, food setup and breakdown, and making DFALS17 the greenest and most sustainable Leadership Studio yet.

I love my studio because…
I love how everyone is ambitious about the kinds of challenges they want to take on. They aren’t afraid to dive into a broad problem topic and they are confident in their ability to create social impact.

 

Julia Hatfield
Mechanical Engineering Technology, Purdue University

This summer I’m most excited about:
I’m pumped to assist in planning Leadership Studio ‘17. I had an amazing time when I went last year so I am excited to learn the logistics of planning the event to make it even better this year!

What keeps me busy each day:
My position involves communication with everyone involved in LS (participants, volunteers, partners, alumni, speakers and guests…) and making sure they all have a great time during the event. I’m also in charge of creating awesome DFA swag items to give away so get excited!

I love my studio because…
Everyone in our studio gets along with each other really well. The environment is super fun and welcoming which makes it easier to work since everyone is enjoying themselves. I look forward to our meetings since they are always lively!


Lucas O’Bryan
Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Urban Planning, University of Illinois

This summer I’m most excited about:
I’m excited to build my DFA network and learn about the human-centered design process from as many people as possible. It’ll be awesome to work alongside peers and professionals and hear insights from people with a diversity of backgrounds.

What keeps me busy each day:
My role involves reaching out to community members and making sure Leadership Studio is a valuable and enjoyable experience for them. I’ll be doing a lot of site visits around Chicago, putting myself in the shoes of the community members that LS participants will be talking with for the user research phase of the design sprint.

I love my studio because…
I love how DFA at Illinois has such a diverse array of people. There aren’t many clubs that can get students from architecture, pre-med, engineering, social sciences, and business together to work on the same projects, and I really value the different perspectives our members bring to the table.