The ICA’s Internship Program invites qualified individuals in undergraduate and graduate programs to explore museum careers in an educational internship setting. Interns participate in museum events, support departments with research and data management while getting to know the daily activities that make the ICA an exciting and innovative museum. Unpaid part-time internships are available for the Winter/Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. Please refer to specific department descriptions for internship availability.

Join the ICA as an intern and explore museum work:

  • Gain an understanding of the day-to-day work that supports a contemporary art institution
  • Work and learn directly from professionals experienced in a museum setting
  • Participate in educational seminars designed to educate interns of all areas within the museum
  • Enjoy intern benefits: free ICA admission; discounted or free admission to New England area museums; ICA store discount; free or discounted admission to selected ICA events
  • Keep in touch! After your internship, drop us a note at and let us know what you’ve been up to.


You may apply for an upcoming internship at any time; however, here are the application deadlines:

Winter/Spring: December 15th
Summer: April 1st
Fall: October 15th

To apply, please submit the following documents to

  • Current resume
  • Completed application, including statement of interest
  • Two professional references available to be contacted

Applicants are encouraged to obtain school credit for their internship when available; the ICA will work with universities to ensure proper credit for the internship. Questions regarding our internships, selection process and qualifications should be email


Descriptions below provide an overview of the internships of each department. Specific projects or opportunities may be discussed in greater detail in an interview.

Over the course of the internship, Curatorial interns learn about the many responsibilities of a curatorial team while participating in research for upcoming shows, participate in exhibition development. Intern will also respond to standard department inquiries via mail and email, which includes artist inquiries, submissions, and traveling exhibition proposals, assist with day-to-day administrative tasks, including filing, and preparation for department presentations while learning the many responsibilities of a curatorial team. Knowledge of and interest in contemporary art strongly preferred. Should be familiar with Microsoft office suite.

Family Programs interns will gain first-hand experience with innovative family and youth programming and will be able to explore the art and artists featured at the ICA. The Family Programs intern will participate in all aspects of ICA family programs and art lab tours, including group orientation sessions, facilitating discussion in the art lab as well as occasionally helping with education or museum events. Other intern responsibilities include assisting with correspondence, recordkeeping and analysis, data entry, participation in the art lab and assisting in the galleries with children and families. Greeting and admitting families on ICA Play Dates. Interns will attend meetings and trainings on current and future exhibitions.


The ICA is seeking a graduate student experienced with in depth research to assist with the preparations for an expansion project. The research centers in and around the East Boston Ship yard, it history, functions and evolution. Ideal candidate will explore distinct themes identified for exploration from the Location to Immigration, Industry and Transportation among other themes that may surface. The Researcher will pursue the location of materials that might serve in the interpretation including but not limited to: photos, prints, artifacts, press, etc. In addition, the researcher will be tasked with identifying source of images already attained and securing permission for their usage.