You might want to explore a short-term experience or internship after graduation. These can help you make connections, gain life skills, and weigh your interest in particular options. Many of our students audition for summer stock theatres and regional companies that offer short-term contracts. Other students have utilized their transferrable skills to work in education for organizations like Teach for America. Talk with your career advisor and use these and other resources to find opportunities that are a good fit with your educational experience and career goals:
Fellowships for post-graduate experiences
Some fellowships and grants offer temporary post-graduate opportunities to conduct research, work in a field, or fund graduate school. Most opportunities can be found through universities, non-profit, and government organizations.
In addition to awarding fellowships and grants, some arts organizations offer retreats and colonies that allow artists to work creatively free of charge for a specified period of time. Most states in the U.S. also have statewide and local arts councils that may offer grants and fellowships. You can find a listing of these organizations through the National Endowment for the Arts.
Some examples of fellowship and grant opportunities include: