Partner with DFA!

DFA National Projects offer students and partners unique opportunities to engage and tackle timely social innovation initiatives important to corporate stakeholders. Students benefit from DFA design process facilitation and real-world experience while companies gain insight and ideas from the next generation of change makers.

Collaborate with unique, interdisciplinary, nationwide talent from top universities. DFA student teams dive into a fast-paced design process on a pre-scoped topic, immersing in the problem through interviews and observations, identifying key insights, and creating works-like prototypes.


Gain valuable insights about customer experience, while reimagining systems and services through prototypes developed by young design thinkers passionate about social good.

Demonstrate your commitment to design innovation and social impact. Support local community organizations that join with students in their city to tackle a challenge identified by DFA National and your company.

National Facilitated Projects

Five DFA studio teams collaborate with a partner to design for timely social initiatives over the course of 10-12 weeks.

1 Uncover insights and explore new concepts for a socially impactful challenge directly related to your business
2 Interact with 20-25 students on 5 campuses over the course of 3 months
3 Showcase student work during an expo held at your headquarters and introduce your company directly to students

Network Impact Challenge 

Project challenges offered to the DFA network that align with company mission and values 

1 Project challenge disseminated to network of 40 campuses
2 DFA teams across the nation tackle project in their own communities, sharing insights and findings with the sponsor 
3 Opportunity for company recognition through social media and DFA website of over 1,300 students, 100 faculty members and community partners

Let us know you’re interested in partnering with DFA and young designers nationwide for social good.

National Project Stories