The ICA Student Board works collaboratively with ICA staff to engage Penn students and the broader Philadelphia community to contemporary art in dynamic ways. Members interact directly with artists, curators, and other professionals in the field; develop innovative programs; lead student-focused social media platforms; and have access to ICA’s numerous resources. It is a great opportunity to have a behind the scenes experience of a preeminent contemporary art center.

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.

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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.

Class of 2021

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! This year’s Penn graduates took part in hybrid celebrations of virtual and in-person graduation events this week. We want to extend our gratitude to ICA’s student interns and staff for their invaluable work across all departments during such a challenging time.

Sabrina de Brito – Visitor Services
Ornella Ingabire – Visitor Services

Eva Karlen – ICA Student Board
Rachael Keneipp – Visitor Services
Isami McCowan – Marketing & Communications

Milly Pil – Visitor Services
Skylar Scafidi – ICA Student Board
Olivia Schiff – ICA Student Board
Riley Wesolowski – ICA Student Board/Curatorial
Kyle Whiting – Visitor Services

A few memorable moments:

“One thing I’ve realized over the course of working at ICA is that I always leave in a better mood than I arrive. Talking with other visitor services staff and Linda our guard really brightens up my day.”
–Rachael Keneipp, Visitor Services

“The Tag exhibition was really memorable to me. It was my first summer living in the city and I treasured those days of getting lost in the interactive video game piece and chatting with visitors. Those days encompassed some of the lightness and warmth I’ve experienced that helped make ICA and Philly feel like home.”
–Millionaire “Milly” Pil, Visitor Services

“One of my favorite memories at ICA was walking through the Ree Morton galleries during installation with the curatorial assistant. It was the first time I had seen any parts of the installation process and it felt really magical and surreal to see it all being done.”
–Riley Wesolowski, ICA Student Board/Curatorial

Click here to watch 2021 commencement speaker Laurene Powell Jobs and this year’s ceremonies.


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 Bruno Nouril at 215-573-1045, or