Work with ICA’s team to gain valuable museum experience and enrich the arts community at large

Interns play a vital role in ICA’s mission to provide access for all to engage and connect with the art of our time. We recruit energetic, organized, sharp, and creative people for positions in all of our departments, often working closely with individual staff members. Hours are flexible and there are many opportunities to receive professional training, attend lectures and events, and link up with other art lovers.

On our blog, Miranda, read about a curatorial intern searching for camel saddles for the exhibition Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, 2013; talking careers over lunch with our director Amy Sadao; and new intern orientation involving a printer named Mapplethorpe.

Also, hear directly from interns about their experiences: Jordan Deal on working with ICA’s preparators and Heather Holmes on assisting with curatorial.

Amy Sadao Lunches with Interns

How to apply

Email a completed application form, resume, and cover letter detailing your interest in a specific department or position to Eliza Coviello, with “Internship Application” in the subject line. If you are a Penn student eligible for work study, let us know. Deadlines are August 1 (Fall), December 1 (Spring), and April 1 (Summer).

Interns at Jeremy Deller Opening


Business Office: We manage the administration of finance/budgets, facilities, human resources, information technology, and general office operations. Detail-oriented interns with exceptional computing (Excel) and writing skills assist with clerical, research, and accounting tasks, as well as supporting special projects, events, and visitor services.

Curatorial: We research and organize exhibitions, manage traveling shows, work with guest curators, and produce exhibition catalogues. Interns, preferably with Photoshop experience, research exhibition themes, maintain curatorial archives, assist with artist submissions, and respond to inquiries.

Development: We raise a significant part of the museum’s budget through grants, annual giving, membership, and benefits. Interns, who must have evening and weekend availability, assist with research required for funding requests and grant reports, update membership and prospect materials, and help to coordinate opening receptions and special events.

Marketing and Communications: We expand public awareness of ICA through press, web, and community outreach; ad placement; and printed materials. Interns work on special projects related to the museum’s archive and website, the visitor experience, and exhibiting artists.

Programming: We organize the museum’s public programming and, as part of the curatorial department, we work on exhibitions throughout the year. Interns, who must be available on Wednesday evenings, assist with coordinating public programs and events, research, archival work, our website, and liaising with artists.

Technical: We support ICA’s programming department by setting up and recording live sound and video, as well completing post-production and editing. Interns, preferably with Final Cut Pro and other video editing experience, will help document live performances from beginning to end. Some evening or weekend hours.

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