Be Original Americas Fellowship Program
Be Original Americas, the nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for the value of original design, has developed an unparalleled fellowship opportunity for two college students to gain real world experience about all it takes to make, distribute, and sell great design from industry's leading companies in New York City and across the country.
In this 7-week program, which will run from June 13 – August 2, 2016, Be Original Americas fellows will be introduced to all facets of creating original products from research, design, and manufacturing to marketing, sales, and distribution through hands-on, in-the-field learning from the perspective of various Be Original Americas member companies. Participating member companies include: Bernhardt Design, Carnegie, Chilewich, Design Within Reach, Emeco, Herman Miller, Ligne Roset, and Vitra.
The Be Original Summer Fellowship program is open to undergraduate students who have completed at least three years of study and who reside in the United States. The application deadline is April 18, 2016, and the two fellows who best meet the application criteria will be announced on May 6, 2016.
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 students who have completed 3 years 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 are at least 18 years of age or older.
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.