Fellowship

Kick Off Your Creative Career

 

Competition is steep. Space is limited.

 

Our fellowship program was established to grow designers, providing the firsthand experience you need to kick off your creative career. An intensive 6-month program located in Nashville, TN and Kalamazoo, MI, fellows get to experience the rigors and rewards of working in a small studio with a collaborative team.

Kick Off Your Creative Career

 

Competition is steep. Space is limited.

 

Our fellowship program was established to grow designers, providing the firsthand experience you need to kick off your creative career. An intensive 6-month program located in Nashville, TN and Kalamazoo, MI, fellows get to experience the rigors and rewards of working in a small studio with a collaborative team.

Nashville, TN

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Kalamazoo, MI

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Circa Principles

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Intentional Design

Great design should always be guided by purpose. We firmly believe that excellent, strategic design is achievable at any scale, and we bring focused solutions to every project, regardless of size or scope.

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Creative Curiosity

We keep our work fresh and our jobs fun by learning new ways to do things, challenging each other, and looking for those crazy ideas that turn out to be brilliant.

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Collaborative Process

Collaboration grows good ideas into great ones. Our culture of collaboration includes our clients, whose insights and ideas help ensure that every step of the process is a step in the right direction.

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Effective Flexibility

We’re flexible with our clients and our employees so we can do our best work and be our best selves. That means adapting processes and services, taking initiative, and never missing a deadline.

How to Apply

Send your resume, portfolio samples, two references for us to contact,
and one paragraph about which one of our principles appeals to you by using the link below.

Current Fellows

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Carver Lee

Nashville / Winter 2020

Portrait of Yuliia Sergeeva - 2019 Spring Fellow
Yuliia Sergeeva

Kalamazoo / Spring 2020

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Michael Dove

Nashville / Fall 2020

Ashton|F'17

Lian Wardrop

"Circa's Fellowship Program was a truly safe space to grow and collaborate creatively
with other designers. Getting insight into how a small studio operates was important
to experience first hand as an aspiring business owner."

Spring 2019

Circular Portrait of Lian Wardrop - 2019 Spring Fellow
Charlotte|SP'18

Charlotte Weaver

"I have done nothing but rave about my time here at Circa to designers, family,
friends, and professors. This experience has allowed me to learn by doing which
means learning through mistakes and successes. I have been pushed to not only
break out of my comfort zone design wise, but also socially and encouraged to
network and learn from others. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to
bridge the gap between school and career, and definitely feel more prepared for
my next step because of the guidance at Circa."

Spring 2018

Circular Portrait of Charlotte Weaver - 2018 Spring Fellow
Maddie|SP'18

Maddie Richart

"To be honest, something like the Fellowship program was not something that I
thought that I "needed" when I graduated school - I was eager and thought I was
prepared to start a full-time designer position...but boy, was I wrong! You have
provided such a wonderful and safe environment to learn, question, and grow.
I'm excited to know that more and more Fellows will go through this program
and enter the design world as stronger and more well-rounded individuals!"

Spring 2018

Circular Portrait of Maddie Richhart - 2018 Spring Fellow
Lauren|SM'18

Lauren Maksymiuk

"Being part of the Circa team taught me so much in a short amount of time.
I was pushed to learn new things and work with others to improve my design
skills. I loved being in such a creative, hard-working environment!"

Summer 2018

Circular Portrait of Lauren Maksymiuk - 2018 Summer Intern
Julia|F'18

Julia Bridgforth

"The Circa Fellowship has been the ultimate learning experience. Coming in with no formal design
education, I was surprised how much the designers trusted me. I was able to do real client work and
could always ask for help from those who knew more than me. By the end of my time at Circa, I was
the lead designer on multiple projects- of course not without collaborative help from the amazing
professionals that surrounded me. I gained invaluable skills as well as the confidence to further my
career in the area."

Fall 2018

Circular Portrait of Julia Bridgforth - 2018 Nashville Fellow
Brandon|F'18

Brandon Smith

"Circa was a great experience for me. It helped me grow as a designer and allowed
me to learn more about the inner workings of a branding and design studio.
Along with gaining experience, I was also able to add pieces to my portfolio that
I felt confident in sharing and that will help better my chances with future employers.
Overall, Circa is an awesome place to work and I would recommend the fellow
experience to anyone who's interested."

Fall 2018

Circular Portrait of Brandon Smith - 2018 Kzoo Fellow
Zach|W'18

Zach Saunders

"The Fellowship program provided me with an incredible opportunity
to learn, grow, and create meaningful work while gaining practical experience
in an incredibly fun, creative, and welcoming environment."

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Winter 2018

Circular Portrait of Zach Saunders - 2018 Nash Fellow
Maria|SP'19

Maria Monterde

"The Circa Fellowship Program has been an ideal transition
from undergrad into the design world, providing ample
opportunities for growth and countless learning opportunities." orange line

Spring 2019

Circular Portrait of Maria Monterde- 2018 Spring Fellow
Lian|SP'19

Maria Monterde

"The Circa Fellowship Program has been an ideal transition
from undergrad into the design world, providing ample
opportunities for growth and countless learning opportunities." orange line

Spring 2019

Circular Portrait of Maria Monterde- 2018 Spring Fellow