Studio Institute

Curatorial Intern

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston -- Curatorial Intern

Please see instructions on how to apply at the bottom of this page.

The primary responsibility of the Curatorial Intern will center around the curatorial department’s publication and permanent collection archives. Our goal is to have our entire permanent collection — represented through short explanatory texts and images — on the ICA website by fall 2019. We have been steadily working on this over the last couple of years, but the final phase will take place this summer. this project will necessitate: sourcing and securing rights to images of works in our collections; editing and expanding upon interpretive texts; and working with the public relations department to assure the correct posting of these materials online.

In the process of conducting this research, important information about each object in the collection — including exhibition history, installation plans, and materials —will be added to TMS, the ICA's database management software. This aspect of the internship would include ongoing conversation and guidance from curators in the department regarding hierarchies of information, research methods, and potential contact with different art-world parties including galleries, estates, artist studios, and auction houses.

This intern should possess good basic research skills, meticulous organization skills, and curiosity about contemporary art and artists. They should be able to input information carefully into a database and be familiar with online and library research resources and portals.  

Projects include:
- Cataloging and researching objects in the ICA's permanent collection
- Working with Public Relations department to assure the correct public-facing display of collection information
- Cataloging and scanning ICA publications

This position pays $15/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $500 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information.  

The ICA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment. Qualified candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to being an inclusive workplace as well as increasing diversity in our workforce. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.

1) Will be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2019 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
2) Attend college in Boston, or live within the boundary established by Route 128 (also known as the 95 loop). 

3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form, to see what it looks like -- click here. 


1) To apply to a position, please click here and fill out the eligibility application form
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. Note: once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions as you'd like. You do not have to submit the eligibility application more than once. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, and transcript to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern 2019 Approved Application".

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Ellen Tani at