The BF + DA is looking for fashion designers, product designers, and technologists with companies that embrace innovative thinking, are relevant, ready to grow, concerned with optimizing environmental and social impact, and committed to the overarching vision of the BF+DA to make change, share knowledge, and transform the industry. Their Venture Fellow program includes: individual mentorship that combines intensive business development with expert counseling on sustainable strategies; a designated studio in BF + DA’s 21,000 SF space in the old; Pfizer Labs building at 630 Flushing Avenue in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn; access to shared use public spaces including a 3,000 SF plaza, reception, kitchen, conference/classroom, phone booths, etc.; a rich community of entrepreneurs and researchers in fashion design, product design and technology; and access to leading industry experts, and discounts on equipment, classes, events, and more.

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Host and Fellow Responsibilities

Host Organizations

  • Identify staff supervisor to manage I&E Climate Action Fellow
  • Submit fellowship description and tasks
  • Engage in the matching process
  • Mentor and advise students
  • Communicate with Berkeley program director and give feedback on the program.

Berkeley Program Director​

  • Communicate with host organizations, students, and other university departments to ensure smooth program operations

Student Fellows

  • Complete application and cohort activities
  • Communicate with staff and host organizations
  • Successfully complete assignments from host organization during summer practicum
  • Summarize and report summer experience activities post-fellowship