Tom Tom’s Fellowship program expands academic rigor into practice-based curriculum in arts, business and society by connecting students with entrepreneurs and thought-leaders throughout the region and empowering real impacts in the community. The Fellowship program is underwritten by the University of Virginia.

In this academic year, Tom Tom offered 16 Fellowships in marketing, production, programming, and administration.

Project Based Curriculum

Fellows assume primary responsibility for a strategic deliverable such as marketing, strategy, and day of production.

Cross Disciplinary

Fellowships are multidisciplinary and experiential, emphasizing projects with application to students’ curricular trajectory.

Mentorship & Networking

Tom Tom Fellows connect and form relationships with peers, UVa alumni and leaders (local and national) in the fields of their interest.

Extend the Classroom

While gaining real-world skills and experience, students can tie these projects into for-credit classroom deliverables.

Create Positive Change

Support and enhance a 501c3 that directly benefits the human and community needs.


All Fellows receive paid semester stipends for their production work.



– Assist in development of community partnerships and sponsorship opportunities. 

Art Programming

– Strategize, manage, and market community art projects. 

Food Programming

– Develop relationships in the regional food community and coordinate food related events and workshops. 

Innovation Programming

– Organize events that revolve around innovation in health, business, education, and tech. 

Marketing – General

– Assist with input and editing on social media, digital media, copywriting, and press outreach. 

Marketing – Web & Video

– Assist with website design and development as well as video editing and creation. 

Student Outreach

– Cultivate partnerships with student groups, organize volunteers, and oversee the Buffalo Bureau.