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Each summer, we give two deserving students the chance to get on-the-ground experience so that they can learn first-hand what it takes to make authentic design from start to finish through visits to the showrooms, factories, and headquarters of Be Original Americas member companies. Throughout the program, the fellows will visit Be Original Americas member companies in eight cities across six states during five weeks of immersive experiences on all sides of the industry, from welding & glassblowing to sales & marketing. 100% of any proceeds you donate will help pay for fellowship expenses.

Introducing the 2019 Fellows


Meet Claire.

Claire is a student at Brown University, and will graduate in 2021 with a major in Architecture and Engineering. She is interested in the role of design within architecture/planning, entrepreneurship, and the digital sphere.


Meet Nino.

Nino is a student at Tuskegee University, and will graduate in 2022 with a major in Architecture. He is passionate about sustainability and furniture design and believes inclusivity and education are vital to the future of original design.

Where are our past fellows today?


Karina Campos (2016 Fellow) is employed by IBM as a User Researcher.


Sarah Ahart (2016 Fellow) is currently working at 42 Design Fab Studio as an exhibition designer.


Irene Lee (2017 Fellow) is working at Deloitte as a Business Analyst.


Tom Groom (2017 Fellow) graduated this year from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Defne Kansu (2018 Fellow) graduated this year from Virginia Tech.


Janell Leung (2018 Fellow) graduated this year from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo.

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