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. This vital committee is underway with 10 VCU undergraduate and graduate students from a wide range of disciplines.

Student Advisory Committee members tour the ICA site with Michael Lease, Director of Facilities, Installation, and Exhibition Design.

Joshmary Alcantara, undergraduate, Biology | Sasha Baskin, graduate, Craft/Material Studies |  | Amber Diemer, undergraduate, Photography and Film | Ryan Evans, undergraduate, Mass Communications/Marketing | Shanmuka Gadiraju, undergraduate, Biochemistry |  | Allison Heerwagen, undergraduate, Graphic Design | M Hill, graduate, Art History | Katlyn Lawhorne, undergraduate, Dance and Choreography | Christina Sadovnikov, undergraduate, Craft/Material Studies | Mitchell Smiley, graduate, Public Administration

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, but please check back for future opportunities.

Work Study

The ICA will offer 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.