Be Original Americas

summer design fellowship
Dates: June 11-July 31, 2018
Application Deadline: March 12, 2018

Gain valuable hands-on experience & make relationships to last a lifetime from these leading design companies:
About: Be Original Americas’ 7-week Summer Design Fellowship will introduce two college students to all facets of creating innovative, high-quality products through hands-on, in-the-field learning. The program will focus on different aspects of the design process from research and development to manufacturing and marketing, through the perspective of Be Original Americas member companies, supplemented by visits to their showrooms, headquarters, and factories in New York City and throughout the United States. The Be Original Americas Fellowship will provide uniquely diverse and comprehensive exposure to the top players in the industry, offering insights from both iconic firms with global heritage and game-changing new brands. Throughout the program, discussion will focus on how each step of the design, manufacturing, and marketing process contributes to the integrity and originality of products that are intended to improve quality of life and foster creativity.

Note on Costs: Be Original Americas will provide travel and lodging accommodations as this program will require travel to New York City and member company sites throughout the United States. Participants can expect to incur some costs for food and incidentals. A $3,500 grant will be awarded to each student at the successful conclusion of the program.

Eligibility: The Be Original Americas Fellowship program is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students in their 2nd or 3rd year of study at an accredited college or university in the United States. Students currently enrolled in industrial design, interior design, architecture, and entrepreneurial programs, or who have a demonstrated interest in a career in the design industry are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be in good standing at their university (3.0 GPA or higher) and be eligible to work in the United States. Applicants must be United States citizens or legal resident aliens who reside in the United States and be at least 18 years of age or older. Selected students during the application process will be contacted for an interview.

Additional Requirements: Fellows will be encouraged to utilize social media to share their Fellowship experience and to provide their own laptop or tablet for documenting the process and learning. They will be responsible for a final presentation to be delivered to the Be Original Americas board at the conclusion of the 7-week program.