Career Pathways

Kenan Institute for the Arts

Career Pathways

Broadening opportunities for sustainable careers in the arts.

Artists face many barriers to establishing and sustaining their creative careers. The Kenan Institute focuses research and resources on understanding diverse career pathways in the arts, strengthening our professional development partnerships and sharing innovative strategies with the UNC School of the Arts and the field. 

The professional opportunities listed below are part of the Kenan Institute’s Career Pathways initiative in partnership with the UNCSA Office of Career Development. The Fellowships with the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Education, and Penland School of Crafts are made possible by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

Fifth-Year Fellowship

The Post-Graduate (Fifth-Year) Fellowship at UNCSA is a professional development program allowing recent graduates of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs to remain on campus for one academic year following the completion of their degree.

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Kenan Portable Internship

The Kenan Portable Internship is a Career Pathways program of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and the UNCSA Office of Career Development and Community Engagement that allows rising seniors, graduate students and recent alumni to design a creative, 6- to 10-week-long summer internship with arts organizations or professionals within the United States.

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Kenan Internship at Spoleto Festival USA

Internships are provided to emerging artists from the UNC School of the Arts to provide practical knowledge and experience as professional artists embarking on careers in design and production.

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Kenan Directing Fellowship at ACT

The Kenan Directing Fellowship at ACT -- A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle -- provides practical knowledge and experience to recent graduates of the School of Drama at the UNC School of the Arts who are embarking on a career in regional theatre.

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Kenan Fellowships at WGBH Boston

Fellowships at WGBH provide opportunities to School of Filmmaking students at the UNC School of the Arts to gain hands-on experience and mentoring during the scripting phase of production on the animated series Arthur. The fellowship begins with attending the Arthur writers' meeting and observing the team process that generates overall direction and storylines for 16 episodes of the series.

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Collaboration

School of Filmmaking faculty and students from the UNC School of the Arts are sent to the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C., to immerse themselves in new and classic documentaries on the festival circuit, engaging panel discussions and master classes with legendary filmmakers.

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Aspen Music Festival and School Fellowship Program

Fellowships are awarded to music students from the UNC School of the Arts and UNC Chapel Hill to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado for eight weeks during the summer.

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