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

In addition to advocating for the ICA, our Student Engagement Committee members gain professional experience in a contemporary art institution and develop skills in leadership, event planning, communications, and mentoring. Members also help to determine the structure and scope of the committee. 

Fall 2018 SEC

Joshmary Alcantara – 2018-19 SEC officer – Undergraduate / Biology
Allison Heerwagen- 2018-19 SEC officer + ex-officio member ICA Advisory Board
Undergraduate / Graphic Design / minor: Anthropology
Mitchell Smiley – 2018-19 SEC officer – Graduate student / Public Administration

Margarita Aleixo – Undergraduate / Interior Design
Eleazar Carreon – Undergraduate / Graphic Design
Peter Cochrane – Graduate / Photography + Film
Amber Diemer – Undergraduate / Photography + Film
Roy Dugayo – Undergraduate / Humanities & Sciences
Alana Edwards – Undergraduate / Craft + Material Studies
Olivia Goodman – Undergraduate / World Studies
Aarushi Gulati – Undergraduate / Humanities & Sciences
Monica Kinsey – Graduate / Art History
Tiffany Kong – Undergraduate / Sculpture

Katlyn Lawhorne – Undergraduate / Dance + Choreography
Frankie Mastrangelo – Graduate / Media, Art & Text
Kyle Maurer – Undergraduate / Art History
Hannah Neifert – Graduate / Art Education
Jazmin Nieves – Undergraduate / Psychology
Kendrick Pruitte – Undergraduate / Urban Studies & Regional Planning, Psychology
Christina Sadovnikov – Undergraduate / Craft + Material Studies
Mariam Sankoh – Graduate / Life Sciences
Bridget Stadelmyer – Undergraduate / Art Education
Peighton Young – Graduate / History

Student Guides

In line with VCU’s goal of providing real-world experiences for students, the ICA will hire 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 will learn about museums and contemporary art, gain experience interpreting art from multiple points of view, and build public speaking and diverse participant engagement skills.

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

Graduate Assistantships

The ICA’s Graduate Assistants work with the Curatorial and Education departments to assist with exhibition and program research. They also design and lead interactive tours for various groups, and help with the training of new student guides. Full in-state tuition support for the 2017-18, 9-month ICA Graduate Assistantships is supported by the VCU Graduate School.

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.

There are no openings at this time.

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.