Studio Institute

External Relations Intern

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston -- External Relations Intern

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

With the opening of a new satellite space for the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA), the External Relations Intern will gain front-facing experience while also completing a research project and getting an overview of External Relations functions in a nonprofit setting. The External Relations intern will assist with the opening events of the new East Boston space, called the ICA Watershed, and will work on a benchmarking research project to evaluate the current annual fund, renewal notification, and acquisition campaign procedures and practices to ultimately determine best practices and provide recommendations for refreshing future individual giving campaigns and appeals.

Learning opportunities include strategic planning of projects, comparative analysis research, interdepartmental communication, presentation planning and execution, and experience working fundraising events to understand how these events inform philanthropy.

The intern should be comfortable conducting independent research and capable of organizing and distilling information into detailed action plans. The intern should have strong computer and administrative skills and great interpersonal and communication skills. Data analysis interest and customer service experience a plus.

Projects include:
- Gathering data to complete a comparative analysis of the annual fund programs of 3-5 competitive institutions
- Review the communication plan and social media integration for the ICA
- Review and analyze Membership processes of targeted Peer Institutions
- Assist with events related to the opening of ICA's new space, the Watershed

This position pays $12/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $580 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 2018 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