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Collaboration Opportunities

There are many ways HCDE Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP) members and community partners work with students and faculty in HCDE.

Career and Recruitment Events

Partner with HCDE to recruit top talent for your job and internship opportunities. Post your jobs and internships to the HCDE Job Board, participate in the HCDE Career Fair, host up to three Information Sessions in the year, participate in career panels, and review portfolios of graduating students at HCDE's portfolio review events. 

Propose a Capstone Project

The department accepts proposals for Capstone project sponsorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Capstone projects are student-run, large-scale projects that encompass two quarters of student work. Sponsor involvement can be as little as providing project ideas or as much as full-on mentoring. Corporate Affiliates at the Strategic Partner membership level receive one free Capstone project per year.

Propose a capstone project

Propose a Usability Studies Class Project

Smaller in scale than capstone projects, these industry partnership class projects can last anywhere from 3-9 weeks, and usually cover one component of human-centered design (i.e. user research). In HCDE’s Usability Studies course, students perform user testing and provide recommendations to industry clients. 

Propose a Usability Studies Class Project

Form a Mentorship Program

Your company or organization can partner with HCDE through a formal mentorship program. We will connect 5-50 individuals from your organization with a student mentee for one academic year, to share real-world advice about career trajectories, networking, and portfolios, and help your organization build a recruiting pipeline, develop leadership skills, and ‘give back’ to the next generation. If you are interested in forming a mentorship program, contact Melissa Ewing at

Propose a Design Jam

Design Jams are very short events where industry sponsors present a focused design problem or topic for student teams to tackle in a condensed timeframe (one evening to one weekend). Student teams brainstorm and work together to create a deliverable and share back ideas.

Propose a Design Jam

Propose a Research Topic

Research sponsors run a Directed Research Group in conjunction with a member of HCDE's faculty. Directed Research Groups are offered every academic quarter and students across HCDE's undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs receive credit for the course. Sponsored research requires a high level of involvement and therefore provides the greatest amount of interaction with students and faculty. 

Propose a Research Topic

Industry Connection Events

New for 2020–2021: HCDE is modifying our First Friday Industry Tours to virtual conversations between the CAP partner and HCDE students. Examples include themed panel discussions and "Ask me Anything" talks. Recent events include Creating Your Intentional Internship with Lucid; Ask me Anything: Project Management, with Smartsheet; and one-on-one Ask me Anything meetings with Dropbox.
If you are interested in hosting an Industry Connection Event, contact us at


We are always interested in finding new ways to partner with industry affiliates. If you have an idea for a workshop or engagement opportunity, we are willing to work with you to make it happen. Contact us at to discuss the best opportunity for your project idea and connect you with faculty who may be interested in working with you.