Partner with DFA!

DFA National Partnerships offer students and partners unique opportunities to engage and tackle timely social initiatives important to corporate and organization stakeholders. Companies gain insight and ideas from the next generation of change makers, and students benefit from DFA design process facilitation and real-world experience. Results have included innovation in product development, provisional patents of project prototypes, and reimagined marketing and promotion strategies.

Partner Benefits

Collaborate with passionate, talented, interdisciplinary talent from top universities. DFA boasts a network of 1500 motivated students per year, representing 230+ majors. From big cities to small rural towns, DFAers span 37+ different campuses and look at problems from all angles, uncovering local insights leading to scalable solutions. 

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

Demonstrate your commitment to design innovation and social impact. Working with DFA helps highlight how design thinking can benefit your company or organization, and allows collaboration between students and professionals.

Partnership Opportunities

National Facilitated Projects

National Projects are semester-long guided projects with our top 5 DFA student teams. Students dive into a fast-paced design process on a pre-scoped topic, immersing quickly to conduct user interviews and observations, identify key insights, and create prototypes. Meet with students monthly to share feedback, showcase your organization with an onsite visit, and gain in-depth exposure to user insights and innovations.

National Challenge Library

Project challenges shared with the entire DFA Network invite teams across the nation to present bold solutions to pressing challenges. Interested teams create their own project plan and share results with DFA and partners via social media and virtual meet-ups. Help us build the DFA National Challenge Library.

DFA Summit Conference

A 3-day weekend including a design sprint, innovation skill-building, and leadership training, the DFA Summit is our award-winning annual conference for students, professionals, and educators. Sponsor the design sprint project, a workshop series, or a much needed treat break!

Have we piqued your interest? We hope so! Learn more about DFA partnership.

“Working with students who have new perspectives on problems that our teams work on every day is extremely valuable. Everyone was impressed on expo day; the student progress in such a short amount of time, on voluntary projects, speaks wonders about them and their futures.”


- Anna Lehner, Medline Innovation Manager

National Project Stories