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Jain Industry Partnerships Program

The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design strives to provide stellar co-curricular career education to students through programmatic and resourceful endeavors. A growth area for the Career Development portfolio revolves around corporate career exploration for artists, designers and creatives within a broad range of industries. The Jain Industry Partnerships program will help us address this by enhancing career opportunities for students at the Stamps School, such as engagement opportunities focused on first-year and sophomore students with corporate partners. 

The Jain Industry Partnerships program will be open to all students. We will bring in corporate partners to speak and participate in educational workshops and lectures. An application-based component will allow motivated students to self-identify for additional professional partnership opportunities, such as one-on-one mentorship and coaching. 

Information for Industry Partners

The Stamps School is committed to building strategic partnerships with businesses, industry associations, and partners that align corporate social responsibility, networking, recruiting, and philanthropic goals with our numerous curricular initiatives, students, and community-supporting region. We seek to build collaborations that advance a spirit of shared learning where our students gain hands-on experiences that allow them to chart their unique pathways to success and employers gain valuable insights from a generation that will challenge them to think about their business in a whole new way.

The Jain Industry Partnership program is a semester-long (January-April) opportunity to engage employers and industry partners with the Stamps School students, programs, and community through meaningful projects, connections, and initiatives to prepare Stamps students for successful and sustainable creative practice and support the strategic initiatives of the school.

By participating in this program, corporate partners have the opportunity to inspire, invest and mentor Stamps School students in the following ways: 

  • Evaluate creative talent and exposure to fresh perspectives, approaches, and values 

  • Gain access to unique and innovative insights offered by students 

  • Support corporate social responsibility goals

  • Directly engage students in industry-specific and culturally important conversations for mutual exchange of knowledge and diverse perspectives

  • Rewarding opportunities for mentorship and sharing insight into the professional world

  • Opportunity to provide insider guidance to your industry and professional trajectory 

  • Connect with students for internship and employment recruiting through hosted events

Industry Partner Commitments

  • One on-campus workshop/​lecture to the Stamps School community by an organization’s representative per year. Commit at least three mentors or more per organization to participate in a student mentorship program.

  • Four 1:1 virtual mentorship sessions with mentees (one hour each month). 

  • In-person attendance is on-campus for the program’s closing ceremony (April).

Interested in participating as an Industry Partner for 2024 – 2025? Email Stamps-​JIP@​umich.​edu for additional information.

2023 – 2024 Industry Partners

Atomic object

Atomic Object

Atomic Object helps companies innovate and grow by creating custom software that’s beautiful, reliable, and easy to use. We develop products that cross-web, mobile, desktop, and custom devices. Predictable projects; uncommonly good software. With offices in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Chicago, we serve a national base of clients across many industries. Employee-owned; since 2001.

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Bombas is a comfort focused apparel brand with a mission to help those in need. We make the things that you live in, the things you move in, the elevated versions of the things you wear closest to your body every day. Socks, underwear and tees, but with premium materials and a big focus on fit for real bodies. Our mission since day one has been to help those experiencing homelessness. That’s why for every item purchased, we donate one to those in need. We’ve donated more than 100 million items to more than 3,500 community organizations to date.

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Doner is a collective of left and right brains alike who come together for creative good. We’re a full-service agency with offices in L.A., Detroit, Chicago and the East Coast. From strategy to creative, we have a spirit of scrappiness that asks, “What If?” And with over 80 years of heritage and forward-thinking, we have the skill to pull it off.

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Newell Brands

Newell Brands is a leading consumer products company with a portfolio of iconic brands such as Graco, Coleman, Oster, Rubbermaid and Sharpie, and 28,000 talented employees around the world. We aspire to delight consumers by lighting up everyday moments. Newell Brands boasts an award-winning in-house design team, across multiple locations, that offer a specialized focus on design and innovation through diverse perspectives. Kalamazoo, Michigan is home to our global design HQ.

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New York City Tourism + Conventions

New York City Tourism + Conventions is the official tourism marketing organization of NYC. We are the exclusive stewards of the New York City brand, providing unmatched access through our owned channels to travel-ready audiences around the world with award-wining content and globally renowned programs. We connect visitors, locals, businesses, and government alike to spread the economic benefits of the City’s tourism economy across all our stakeholders and partners.

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Our mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world. We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share and build community through our stories.