The ICA is seeking a Graduate Assistant who will work with ICA staff in Education and Academic Programs to design and lead interactive tours for various groups, to help train new student guides, and to assist with 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.

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 will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Teaching and research
  • Public speaking
  • Museum education
  • Contemporary art

To Apply
Please complete a downloadable application (pdf) and submit a cover letter and current CV. Applications are due by email to Erin Hanas, Associate Curator of Academic Programs, at no later than 9:00 AM on April 10, 2017.

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. In addition to advocating for the ICA, committee members will gain a variety of professional experience.

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 Student Advisory Committee will meet for 1 to 2 hours every other week, each semester, at a regular time determined by committee members. 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.