As a major research university embedded within a thriving and diverse urban center, VCU is well positioned to offer its students learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. The undergraduate and graduate curriculums place a high value on experiential learning, creativity, innovation, and practical educational opportunities that help students prepare for work and life after college. Internships at the ICA offer participants 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.

Internship Opportunities
Development Internship, Fall 2017

The ICA is seeking a current undergraduate student who is interested in serving as an intern and providing a wide range of database, research, administrative, and general support to the ICA’s development team. The ideal candidate will gain experience and familiarity with areas such as fundraising, philanthropy, event planning, membership processing and the day-to-day operations of an up-and-coming non-profit organization at VCU.

The Development Intern will report to the Director of Development and will support the entire development team. The student will assist the department with an array of tasks around the office, including but not limited to:
Draft correspondence, reports, proposals and donor appeals
Update and edit information in the ICA donor database
Assist with planning and preparation for donor events and other activities
Research donors, institutions and corporations for development research
Ability to handle and maintain confidential materials and information
Maintain donor files and other development materials
Assist with mailings, filing, and special projects as needed

Skill Requirements
Good interpersonal skills and attention to detail
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Enthusiasm and a willingness to tackle various office-related tasks
Experience with databases is a plus
Comfortable working independently and in a team environment and able to manage complex priorities

This is a 3-credit hour internship for Fall 2017. The intern will work 9 hours per week during normal business hours (9:00-5:00, Mon-Fri). Assistance with special events as needed.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter, current resume, and names of three references (letters not required) to Erin Hanas ( and Susan Norkus ( by 10:00 AM, Friday, May 5.

Intern Stories from the Blog

Q&A with Rahim Hassan: Teen Programming at the ICA

Last summer, the ICA and VCUarts Department of Sculpture + Extended Media jointly hosted four high school interns from area schools participating in the Cochrane Summer Economic Institute. The interns were tasked with conducting research on local arts programming for teens and providing recommendations for the creation of teen programs at both the ICA and Sculpture + Extended Media.

Rahim Hassan, one of the four interns and a Clover Hill High School senior, discusses his experience and takeaways from participating in this unique summer internship experience.

Listen as Rahim reflects on what the ICA could offer teens and read more of his Q&A with education assistant Alexander Crawford.

AC: What opportunities do you think the ICA can offer teens?

RH: The ICA’s teen programs will be more than a safe space for teens to meet and talk about important topics. Through offerings like a teen council and other leadership opportunities, teens can learn skills like public speaking, organization, teamwork and problem-solving. At the end of the summer internship my fellow interns and I suggested that a teen council be formed, one that would be responsible for creating innovative programs for fellow teens. This council would be an important voice in the institution that would make sure that programs for teens are developed by teens.

AC: What was the most rewarding aspect of your internship?

RH: Even though my colleagues and I were just teenagers in our first internships, it was really rewarding to see that our findings were taken seriously and actually provided important information to the ICA and Richmond arts community. When we gave our final presentation, people in attendance were interested in our findings and had questions about our research and our opinions. It really gave meaning to why we were researching teen programs. The work we did is giving back to something that is going to be great for the Richmond community. (more…)

Britnie Dates—ICA Intern and Trend Spotter

“Just like with art, you have to break the rules sometimes,” says Britnie Dates (BFA 2016), a Fashion Merchandising major with a minor in Art History at VCUarts, when describing her retail philosophy. “Even if trends indicate customers shouldn’t be interested in books, you know your customers best. Maybe you know your customers want books.”

Dates, a retail strategy intern at the ICA since the fall of 2015, conducts research about potential products and vendors for the future Lewis & Butler Foundation Gift Shop. She looks at comparable institutions across Richmond and nationally to find out what successful museum shops offer, and simultaneously, identifies unique products for the ICA’s patrons.

Dates’ relationship with the institute started more than a year ago when ICA Director Dr. Lisa Freiman gave a talk to Dates’ Emerging Leaders Program in the spring of 2015. “I’m pretty shy,” Dates says. Yet, she mustered up the courage to introduce herself. What started out as a casual conversation turned into an email exchange, a meeting to talk about Dates’ future career goals, and finally an internship at the ICA.

Behind the Scenes: Installing “Projected Claims”

As a Ph.D. student in art history and curatorial intern, I spend the majority of my time researching, writing, traveling, and gazing at works of art. Sounds fun, right? (Actually, it really is!) Yet for the sake of making it sound so sublime, I must tell you there is dirty work involved. One of the most arduous aspects of the curatorial process is installing the exhibition. There is a lot of planning and drafting involved — as well as painting, spackling, lighting, and sometimes construction — but when the art is placed inside the gallery, along those bare walls…that’s when the gazing gets real.

Projected Claims is a delicately balanced presentation of immersive videos and enigmatic images, which represent Evron’s oeuvre of film, photography, and video. The curatorial vision for the exhibition began with Lauren Ross — who I have the pleasure of assisting during my internship at the ICA — as she sought to expand the architectural themes of Evron’s images by transforming the Depot Gallery space into a cinematic environment for contemplation.  (more…)