An experiential learning program where students work with clients to solve complex global problems. 


Design For Social Innovation (DFSI) is a project-based initiative where Columbia University students and faculty spend a semester supporting social enterprises and nonprofit organizations to solve complex, ambiguous global problems through human-centered design.

The initiative combines an interdisciplinary cohort of exceptional students, cutting edge research, design thinking, and passionate organizations to deliver a positive impact. The initiative, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all of Columbia’s schools, is made possible through a collaboration between Columbia Entrepreneurship’s Design Studio and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Statements of interest for getting involved in DFSI Fall 2020 are now open.

Where are Columbians making an impact? Dive into our project work.