Graduate Assistant/Curatorial
The ICA is seeking a Graduate Assistant who will work with ICA Curatorial staff. The Graduate Assistant will assist with many aspects of the ICA’s inaugural exhibition and programs, with a focus on supporting artists’ projects that link contemporary artists, campus, and community. The Graduate Assistant will also assist with researching future exhibitions, and a range of other responsibilities. Some weekend hours may be required.

Position Description
The 9-month ICA Graduate Assistantship is for the 2017-18 academic year, running from August 25, 2017-May 9, 2018. The Graduate Assistant will work 20 hours per week and receive a stipend of $15,000, as well as full in-state tuition support (excluding all fees). Work on weekends may be required.

The graduate fellow must be a degree-seeking (master’s or doctorate) student in good standing with no other VCU employment. The fellow must enroll for credit for a minimum of nine (9) graduate hours in both the fall and spring semesters. While candidates from a wide range of backgrounds would be considered, preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated commitment to both contemporary art and community engagement.

The responsibilities of the position are meant to provide an experience that is of mutual benefit to the ICA and the Graduate Assistant. The ICA Graduate Assistant/Curatorial will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Curatorial practice, including research, exhibition planning and production, and interpretation
  • Contemporary art and artists, emphasizing socially engaged public practice
  • Current issues facing contemporary institutions and audiences

To Apply
Submit a cover letter, current CV, and a completed application. Applications are due by email to Amber Esseiva at no later than 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.


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.


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 grand opening and in response to future exhibitions
  • Participate in professional development sessions with ICA staff
  • Initiate visits to and collaborations with student groups from area colleges, universities, and museums

The committee will meet for 1 to 2 hours every other week, each semester. Members should also 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 this Fall 2017 course:

UNIV 391/HONR 398: Contemporary Art, Museums, and Interpretation
Tuesday & Thursday, 2–3:15 pm
The Depot, Room 2003
Instructor: Erin Hanas, PhD, Associate Curator of Academic Programs, ICA

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.