Great Opportunity for Sophomores – Deadline Extended til 3/7!

The deadline for this opportunity has been extended until Tuesday March 7.

There is a great fellowship opportunity available to sophomores and juniors, offered by Be Original (an organization that promotes authentic, as opposed to “knock-off” furniture and lighting design). From the website:

“Be Original Americas’ 7-week Summer Design Fellowship program will introduce two college students to all facets of creating innovative, high-quality products, from research, design, and manufacturing to marketing and distribution through hands-on, in-the-field learning.”

The deadline is February 28 – next Tuesday, but all you need to apply is:

  • Resume or CV that emphasizes relevant experience and achievements
  • Letter of Recommendation from a college professor
  • Short Essay (500-700 words). Please answer all of the below questions in one MLA-formatted document
    • What does original design mean to you?
    • What is your favorite design and why?
    • What do you see as the future of original design?

Each section of the fellowship will focus on a different aspect of the process from 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 a uniquely diverse and comprehensive exposure to the top players in the industry, offering exposure to both iconic firms with global heritage and game-changing new brands. Throughout the program, discussion will focus on how each area of concentration contributes to the integrity and originality of designs that are intended to improve quality of life and foster creativity.

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.

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, at least 18 years of age or older, and have a valid passport.

More info and application here:

I’m happy to offer any help or advice to anyone wishing to apply.



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