As part of the process, we try to match the
candidates' interests with the individual sponsor. Interests of
the Fellows do not need to be exclusively drycleaning. We make
every effort to honor their desires. Many members have other
business divisions (such as linen supply, uniforms, healthcare, dust
control, photo shops, as well as retail laundry.) We have host
companies that can satisfy all the needs of the fellowship candidate.
The candidate needs to be the son or daughter of a member of IDC, or his/her general manager.
The candidate needs to be less than 40 years old.
The candidate needs to speak English well enough to understand and communicate.
IDC grants a $2,000 US stipend to
assist the candidate with his/her travel costs. This amount will
not always cover the travel costs, depending on where the candidate is
coming from. Living expenses may or may
not be covered by your host company, depending on their preference.
Most applicants travel to North America, but others continue on to
Asia, Australia or Europe. The time commitment is a minimum of 2 weeks. Making an oral report to the delegates of that year's IDC convention is a requirement, and registration for the entire convention is a necessity.
How to become a Fellow or Sponsor
How to Become A Fellowship Participant
Candidates meeting the criteria set
forth by the IDC Board (listed above) should send a letter of interest
to the Fellowship Committee, c/o IDC Headquarters, 9016 Oak Branch
Drive, Apex, NC 27539. All applications are judged on the basis of
the criteria, and the enthusiasm of the candidate for the project.
IDC is actively seeking to expand the Fellowship program to give
more young people the opportunity to travel and learn from industry
leaders in other countries, and encourages all who are interested to
How to Become A Sponsor
Host companies agree not only to make
every effort to show the Fellow the types of operations that interest
him/her, but also to extend courtesy and often financial resources to
make the candidate's stay comfortable and profitable. IDC offers
the following named fellowships to recognize individuals, organizations
or companies that have made significant financial and/or extraordinary
service contributions to the educational mission of IDC: