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The 2017 Be Original Americas™ Summer Design Fellowship Program

January 18, 2017

New York City - Be Original Americas, the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting original design, is now accepting student applications for their second annual summer design fellowship program. The fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity for two college students to gain real world experience about all it takes to make, distribute, and sell great design from industry leading companies in New York City and across the country.

In this 7-week immersive program, which will run from June 12 – August 1, 2017, two college students will be introduced to all facets of creating innovative, original products, from research, design, and manufacturing to marketing, sales, and distribution through hands-on, in-the-field learning. The fellowship will focus on the various aspects of the design 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.

“You can only learn so much in school, but until you see how everything works together in the industry, you can’t fully understand what you’re even designing. This experience exposed me to so many new things that I had never heard of before.” said 2016 Fellow, Sarah Ahart, about the inaugural program.

Participating member companies to date for the 2017 program include: Bernhardt Design, Carnegie, Design Within Reach, Emeco, Flavor Paper, Herman Miller, Rich Brilliant Willing, and Vitra. The Be Original Americas Summer Fellowship program is open to undergraduate students who have completed at least two years of study and who reside in the United States. The application deadline is February 28, 2017. Please visit


Be Original Americas is a nonprofit organization that is committed to initiating discussion on the importance and value of preserving original design across the Americas, through informational, educational and influential marketing initiatives and other efforts to promote this critical issue.

Be Original Americas charter members – including Alessi, Artek, Bernhardt Design, Emeco, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Herman Miller®, Kartell, Ligne Roset, Poltrona Frau Group and Vitra – and board members Carnegie and Design Within Reach believe that the value of authenticity cannot be underestimated or taken for granted in the marketplace. Through an aggressive program of panel discussions and CEU courses, the movement campaigns to establish a set of industry standards that encourages public and professionals, along with our media partners, to fully support creativity and authenticity, to invest in the future of design, to incentivize innovation, and to give back to the industry and the people it serves.



Alyssa Young, bde

Beth Dickstein, bde