Studio Institute

Communications and Design Intern

ICA Philadelphia -- Communications and Design Intern

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

Design is an important part of what we do at ICA, from exhibitions, our branding and identity, website, catalogues, and all printed matter. The Communications Intern will assist with all design projects and create new print and digital materials: posters to promote events, flyers for programs, posts for Instagram and Facebook and animations for various platforms related to the exhibitions. They will be asked to familiarize themselves with ICA’s style guide and will be introduced to our freelance design team based in Brooklyn, NY.

The Intern will be asked to consider innovative and create ways to reach varied audiences through design and messaging, especially the student audience. The student will be asked to research and follow what other institutions are doing and present possibilities for ways to engage new and existing audiences. They will also be introduced and asked to consider the institutional voice, consistency of brand, and opportunities and challenges of a non-collecting contemporary arts institution in the city of Philadelphia. This is an opportunity to learn about how design functions within a museum as well as the creative career opportunities within the art museum environment.

Skills: We would like a student who has a strong background in graphic design and digital editing, and is experienced using the Adobe Creative Suite. They will be responsible for the design and formatting of our weekly e-mail newsletter and may be asked to assist other day-to-day marketing tasks.

Projects Include:
- Maintain sections of ICA’s website (includes making pages for programs and exhibitions, creating pages with high-resolution images for press contacts, organizing artist lists, and formatting image captions)
- Assist with aggregating and formatting weekly emails sent to ICA’s mailing list via Mailchimp (requires basic HTML proficiency)
- Research and develop new advertising strategies, including new platforms/publications as well as designing ad directions for public programs and exhibitions
- Work within the style guide of Other Means, ICA’s design firm, to create brochures and a-frame signage for indoor and outdoor use at ICA
- Create Eventbrite postings and Facebook events for upcoming programs at ICA
- Assist with press outreach to local contacts for upcoming and current exhibitions, and maintain the presence of press coverage on ICA’s website

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.  

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 Philadelphia, or live in Philadelphia. 

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 Jill Katz at