There are no openings at this time, but please check back for future opportunities.


There are no openings at this time, but please check back for future opportunities.


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


The ICA’s Student Advisory Committee will be an active group of 12 to 15 VCU undergraduate and graduate students from all fields of study. The two main goals of the Student Advisory Committee are:

Advocate for the ICA

• Act as ambassadors of the ICA to the VCU community
• Promote ICA exhibitions, programs, and opportunities
• Advise the ICA on the best ways of engaging students

Gain Professional Experience

• Learn how a non-collecting contemporary art institution works
• Develop skills such as leadership, event planning, communications, and mentoring
• Organize committee-initiated events for the ICA’s opening and future exhibitions
• Participate in professional development sessions
• Initiate visits to and collaborations with student groups
• The committee will meet for 1 to 2 hours every other week, each semester.
• Attend public ICA events as possible.

To Apply
Applications for 2017 closed on Friday, March 3.

For more information, please contact Erin Hanas, Associate Curator of Academic Programs, at


Interested in becoming a Student Guide at the ICA? Register for the Fall training course. (Registration for the Fall 2017 course is now closed.)

UNIV 391/HONR 398: Contemporary Art, Museums, and Interpretation
Instructor: Erin Hanas, PhD, Associate Curator of Academic Programs

This course introduces students to theories and techniques of leading interactive tours at the ICA. Students will learn about museums and contemporary art, gain experience interpreting works of art from multiple points of view and facilitating conversations with diverse audiences, and develop public speaking and engagement skills. Previous study of art is not required, but students should be interested in contemporary art and museums.

Students who complete the course will be considered for acceptance into the ICA Student Guide Program. Student Guides will receive ongoing training on ICA exhibitions and tour strategies and be paid to lead interactive tours for diverse university, high school, and public audiences.



“Arte Útil” proposes that art can be a tool for direct social and political impact. Conceived by artist Tania Bruguera, School of Arte Útil is an extension of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s inaugural exhibition “Declaration” and is open for all current VCU students who are eligible to enroll.

Interested in learning more and creating tools to make your own useful art? This unique opportunity will allow you to learn about the creation of Arte Útil from Tania Bruguera, ICA Chief Curator, Stephanie Smith, and influential guest artists, activists, and scholars.

The school of Arte Útil is a 15-week hybrid course for VCU students that will include 8 weeks of in-class meetings followed by 7 weeks of independent research for students to develop individual and group proposals.

To Apply
Please submit a 250-400 word statement explaining how you think aesthetics can disrupt institutional structures, as well as what social issues are important to you, to no later than Nov 3, 2017.

For additional questions please contact ICA’s Curatorial Graduate Assistant Liang Luscombe