Students participating in ICA Student Board's annual After Dark event.

The ICA Student Board is an organization comprised of Penn Undergraduate students who are committed to advancing accessibility and inclusion within contemporary art. They serve as ambassadors of ICA exhibitions and programs, working with museum staff to establish the Institute as an essential space for student engagement with the arts at Penn.

The Board leads initiatives that foster and strengthen the relationship between the museum and Penn’s student body, advises ICA staff as representatives of the University community, develops dynamic student-centered events, produces an annual arts publication, and manages promotional networks designed specifically for student outreach.

As a board member, students gain a unique opportunity to learn from artists, curators, and other professionals in the art world, in addition to acquiring invaluable leadership skills.

For additional information about the ICA Student Board contact Amanda Silberling – Van Doren Fellow at asilb@ica.upenn.edu.

Internships

Work with ICA staff to gain valuable museum experience and enrich the arts community at large. Student interns play an integral role in ICA’s mission to provide access for all to engage and connect with art. We recruit energetic, organized, intelligent, and creative people for positions in each of our departments.

Interns gain access to the inner-dynamics of museum administration, often working closely with staff members on curatorial projects, public programs, and marketing campaigns. Hours are flexible with opportunities to receive professional training, attend lectures and events, and connect with professionals in the arts.

There are a limited number of internship positions for University of Pennsylvania work-study students. These positions are generally available at the beginning of the academic year. Potential applicants should apply through the Student Financial Services website and search for the positions under the Institute of Contemporary Art heading.

Research Fellowships

Each summer, Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships funds the Summer Humanities Internship Program (SHIP), an intensive, full-time apprentice position at ICA that prepares students for entry into professions within the arts. Read about SHIP intern Heather Holmes’s ICA experience.

Graduate Lecturers

PennDesign MFA students and Penn History of Art PhD candidates can apply for one of four annual ICA graduate Graduate Lecturer positions. Students work closely with our Public Engagement and Curatorial departments to organize and lead exhibition tours and facilitate discussions on topics related to their practice or research through our program series, Coffee & Conversation.

For additional information about our Graduate Lecturer program contact Alex Klein – Dorothy & Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator at aleklein@ica.upenn.edu.

For more than fifty years, ICA has brought cutting-edge contemporary art to Penn’s campus from all over the world. Claim your free student membership today!

    As a Penn Student member you will:

  • Access to artists and curators at our private exhibition previews
  • Early announcements about each season’s exhibitions and programs
  • 25% discount on our publications
  • Personal invitations to exclusive ICA events

For additional information about student memberships contact Michele Pierson – Development Administrative Coordinator at mpierso@ica.upenn.edu.