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 Program Coordinator Natalie Sandstrom at

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ICASB Monthly Newsletter

As of fall 2020, the ICA Student Board (ICASB) has a monthly newsletter created by students for students! This email publication includes arts-related announcements, events, opportunities, and more in Philadelphia and beyond. The newsletter will be delivered for free to your email inbox on the first Thursday of each month.

To subscribe to the newsletter, click here.

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For its fall 2020 publication, the ICA Student Board has created a mini-coloring book inspired by the exhibition Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal. Print yours here.


YARD SALE is a print publication curated by the 2019-2020 ICA Student Board. Inspired by themes present in the works of artists Karyn Olivier and Michelle Lopez, students were invited to submit art and writing that reflects on what it means to salvage, reclaim, or monumentalize the private stories behind acts of reuse.

Read the full issue here.


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 Annie Ma’s experience here.

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 Natalie Sandstrom, Program Coordinator at

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