Student Design Fellowship

Get out of the classroom and into the field. We give design students the chance to get on-the-ground experience so that they can learn first-hand what it takes to make authentic design.

Throughout their summer fellowship, two future designers participate in the creation of original design from start to finish through visits to the showrooms, factories, and headquarters of Be Original Americas member companies. From glassblowing & welding to sales & marketing, see what our past fellows have to say about about how their fellowship prepared them to launch their careers in the industry.

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Karina’s Fellowship

“The Be Original Americas fellowship taught me the importance of design and the impact it has on a global scale. It was through my 7-week experience that I really realized the power of design…it led me to become a design researcher.” - Karina Campos, Be Original Americas Fellow, 2016

Read Karina’s Story



Enrollment for the 2019 program is now closed. Applications for the 2020 program will become available in January of next year.

Applicants must be currently enrolled 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate students, studying at an accredited college/university in the United States. Students currently enrolled in industrial design, interior design, architecture, or entrepreneurial-focused programs are encouraged to apply.

In addition to being able to commit full-time to Be Original Americas’ 5-week fellowship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
•3.0 GPA or higher
• United States citizenship or legal resident alien status who reside in the United States
• 18 years of age or older
• A valid passport

Want to learn more about what the Student Design Fellowship entails? Read about the experiences of our past fellows.