Learn -|- Students

As part of Virginia Commonwealth University, the ICA serves as a unique resource for university’s students and staff. Students can engage with us through our advisory committees, courses, internships, and job opportunities.

Student Engagement Committee

The ICA Student Engagement Committee (SEC) is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines across VCU, who help the ICA to connect with the VCU community. Members gain a deeper understanding of how a contemporary art institution works and develop skills in leadership, event planning, communications, and mentoring.

Spring 2019 Members

Allison Heerwagen – SEC Officer + Ex-officio Member ICA Advisory Board – Undergraduate / Graphic Design / minor: Anthropology
Frankie Mastrangelo – SEC Officer – Graduate / Media, Art & Text
Margarita Aleixo – Undergraduate / Interior Design
Roy Dugayo – Undergraduate / Humanities & Sciences
Alana Edwards – Undergraduate / Craft + Material Studies
Olivia Goodman – Undergraduate / World Studies
Monica Kinsey – Graduate / Art History
Tiffany Kong – Undergraduate / Sculpture + Extended Media
Katlyn Lawhorne – Undergraduate / Dance + Choreography
Kyle Maurer – Undergraduate / Art History
Hannah Neifer – Graduate / Art Education
Jazmin Nieves – Undergraduate / Psychology
Christina Sadovnikov – Undergraduate / Craft + Material Studies
Mariam Sankoh – Graduate / Life Sciences

Student Guides

In line with VCU’s goal of providing REAL experiences for students, the ICA hires VCU students for its tour guide corps. Training for student tour guides includes a 3-credit course taught by Erin Hanas, Associate Curator of Academic Programs. The course, Contemporary Art, Museums, and Interpretation, introduces students to theories and techniques of leading interactive tours at the ICA. Students learn about contemporary art and museums, gain experience interpreting art from multiple points of view, and build public speaking skills.

Interested in becoming a student guide? Contact eshanas@vcu.edu.

Graduate Assistantships

There are no opportunities at this time. Learn more about our current graduate assistants on our staff page.


Internships at the ICA offer hands-on training in museum professions and a comprehensive overview of museum operations. Interns also gain insight into the national and international world of contemporary art, as well as experience in the non-profit sector, skills that are relevant and transferable to a variety of professional fields beyond art and museum work.

Graphic Design Intern

The ICA is seeking a Graphic Design Intern for academic year 2019-20. The intern will work closely with the ICA’s Senior Graphic Designer, Marketing and Production Assistant, and Communications Manager to create digital and press-ready design assets, publication layout and design, and environmental graphics for upcoming exhibitions, public programming, and general marketing for the ICA. The intern will assist primarily in the development of graphic resources and the physical production of signage to be used by all ICA departments.

Position Details
  • The intern must be a current VCU graphic design graduate student or senior undergraduate student with good standing and have the permission of their program director or chair.
  • The internship will begin in late August/early September 2019.
  • This is a paid internship, and the intern will work up to 20 hours/week. Pay is $8-10/hour for undergraduate students and $12-14/hour for graduate students, depending on level of skill and experience.

Note: Employment at VCU, including a paid internship, is contingent upon the candidate passing a background check.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter, current resume/CV, and brief portfolio to Meredith Carrington at mtcarrington@vcu.edu. Review will begin mid-April, with final selection made in early May.

Work Study

The ICA offers a variety of work-study positions for students with federal work-study awards. Opportunities will be posted on VCU’s Career Services HireRams site.

For more information or to apply, visit HireRams.