Interested in joining the ICA team? Visit VCU eJobs to discover current opportunities. Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted. Materials sent to the ICA’s staff offices and email accounts will not be considered. For Federal Work Study opportunities, please apply via Handshake

Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled or unless otherwise stated. Phone calls and emails to staff are respectfully discouraged.



Do you want to gain hands-on experience, mentorship, and professional development skills? Are you looking for a VCU REAL co-curricular activity? FUSE is an all-encompassing student opportunities program at the ICA that will help you achieve current and future workplace success. It is open to VCU students in any year or major and serves as the training course for all ICA student employees. Spark your student success journey and kickstart your career with FUSE!

FUSE is the introductory training and opportunities program for all ICA students and front-of-house employees. This is a dual-track program that focuses first on professional development skills and training, then contemporary art theory and museum opportunities for all front of house staff. FUSE offers a safe space for students to learn new skills, receive mentorship, and enhance their workplace potential. The program includes tours, presentations, interactive sessions, workshops, field trips, creative projects, job shadowing opportunities, and digital training materials. FUSE is a certified VCU REAL co-curricular activity and is open to VCU undergraduate and graduate students of any year and major.




The Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU is currently seeking to fill the following Federal Work Study positions:


Visitor Experience Associate

Visitor Experience Associates are responsible for welcoming visitors; engaging with visitors in conversations about the ICA, exhibitions, and programs; processing membership enrollment, ticketing, and visitor feedback; ensuring the safety and security of both art and guests within the galleries; and fulfilling orders and sales of products. All VEAs are expected to provide a high level of customer service while engaging with the public and ensuring guests adhere to ICA visitor policies, as well as maintain a strong understanding of exhibition content, programs, and events. 

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Student Program Assistant (Administration)

The Student Program Assistant should be a detail-oriented, motivated, and outgoing individual that will assist with the ICA’s student opportunities workforce development program (FUSE). This position will report directly to the Program Manager and will be responsible for providing administrative support to team members throughout the planning and implementation of the ICA’s Workforce development opportunities for educational, charitable or professional programs. 

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Student Fiscal Assistant (Administration)

The Student Fiscal Assistant will provide support to the Program Manager by assisting with monthly budget reconciliations, data entry using Excel, tracking budgetary information, scanning and emailing fiscal documentation when needed, as well as other administrative tasks. This position is ideal for business or accounting majors. 

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A/V Technician Assistant

The ICA is seeking friendly, motivated, and skilled individuals to assist in audiovisual production for our fall programing. This position requires one to have a basic understanding audiovisual skills, including but not limited to: assisting with lighting, sound, projection, and stage management at the ICA; communicating efficiently and succinctly with clients and the lead A/V Tech about scheduling and client/event technical needs; and setting up, keeping track of, and breaking down all necessary equipment that is in use during events.

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For more information about Federal Work Study eligibility, click here.  



Preparator/Lead Preparator

The Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU is currently accepting applications for the position of Preparator/Lead Preparator.

Driven by a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural equity, the ICA at VCU is dedicated to producing and sharing new art and ideas, and to supporting creative communities. The ICA’s program includes artist commissions, exhibitions, film screenings, talks and discussions, publications, and performances. It features artists and thinkers from around the world.

The ICA is in direct dialogue with VCUarts, the #1 public art school in the country, and is a space for multi-disciplinary experimentation across a major, urban public research university while simultaneously providing opportunities for creative collaboration locally and internationally.

Reporting to the ICA’s Chief Preparator, the Preparator is a critical member of a collaborative team charged with producing the ICA’s ambitious exhibition program within the allotted budget, space, and time. The Preparator is responsible for technical aspects of museum-quality art handling including receiving, shipping, packing, framing, mounting, and storage. They will assist the Chief Preparator with exhibition planning and preparation, working together to ensure the smooth operation of installations and management during the run of an exhibition. In addition to their work in exhibitions, the Preparator may also assist their supervisor with the facilities and programmatic operations at the ICA, including after-hours and weekend events and programs.

For more a full job description and to apply for this position, click here.


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