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.

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.