Welcome! Whether working in the offices, on curatorial projects or assisting with special events, interns play a vital role in fulfilling this mission.

Interns are an invaluable resource in that they not only work to ensure ICA’s stability and future growth, but enrich the arts community at large. The hours are flexible. For those who are available in the evenings and on weekends only, possible opportunities include Education and Special Events. (Please see below for descriptions.) All others require availability Monday-Friday between 9-6.


Applications must include your application form, a resume and a letter detailing your interest in a department. Internships are usually 8-10 hours per week and are unpaid. Penn students eligible for the Work-Study program should indicate so on their cover letter. Candidates must have excellent organizational skills, be detail oriented and have strong computer skills.

The application deadline for fall internships is September 1. Applications and any questions can be sent to ecovi@ica.upenn.edu and should include “Internship Application” in the subject line.

Deadlines for internship applications:
Fall: September 1
Spring: December 15
Summer: April 1

An ideal position for students interested in a career in museum management. Development is responsible for raising a significant part of the museum’s budget and interns assist with many aspects of development and fundraising, including grants, membership, and special events. Interns assist in researching and compiling materials required for funding requests and grant reports; maintaining annual giving, membership renewal and new member solicitation information; coordination of opening receptions and special events.

The Programming department at ICA organizes and oversees all of the museum’s public programming. As part of the Curatorial department, the Programming team also works on exhibitions throughout the year, including the Excursus series. Programming interns will gain experience by assisting the department with a variety of tasks including coordinating public events, research, archival work and liaising with artists. Must be available on Wednesday evenings.

Marketing and Communications
The Marketing and Communications department at ICA expands the public awareness of the museum through media releases, exhibitions cards, social media, strategic ad placement, and community collaborations. The intern will organize, scan, and create bibliographies of press clippings and conduct searches for news items related to the ICA, update press contact lists, research new media outlets specific to current and upcoming exhibitions, assist with manning information tables at campus events, and manage press photo shoots in the galleries. Intern will work on special projects relating to the museum’s archive and website in preparation for our 50th Anniversary in 2013. Ability to meet deadlines, strong attention to detail, and interest in media, communications, and art history preferred.

Documentation and Program Technician
Intern will support ICA’s Programming department by assisting in the setup of live sound and video as well as audio and video capture devices. Student will have to the opportunity to follow a live performance capture through post-production and editing as needed. Student will also provide support when needed for ICA’s Programming department and special events. Must be able to work independently, possess excellent organizational skills, and be flexible and comfortable in a fast paced environment. Interest and background in contemporary art and familiarity with Final Cut Pro and other video editing experience a plus. Some evening or weekend hours may be required.

The Curatorial department at ICA researches and organizes upcoming exhibitions; produces exhibition catalogues; manages the travel of exhibitions; and collaborates with other departments on developing public programming and press materials. Curatorial interns will gain valuable experience with the workings of a contemporary art institution by assisting the department with a variety of tasks that include: research exhibition themes and artist’s bibliographies; maintain curatorial databases and archives; sending out exhibition publications; assisting with artist submissions; managing ICA’s library; and responding to inquiries about past exhibitions. Experience with Photoshop a plus.

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About Institute of Contemporary Art

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