Get Involved: Internships
When you intern at the San Jose ICA, you not only witness the behind-the-scenes of a contemporary art institution, you become apart of a team.
You will have the opportunity to meet artists, engage with a diverse arts community, and learn the ins and outs of a non-profit; all while building your resume in the heart of Downtown San Jose’s SoFA Arts District.
We cater your internship to your interests and skill sets. Our flexible program offers mentorship in a wide range of gallery operations, including marketing, gallery installation, finance and curatorial administration. Along with your internship, you can expect professional development mentorship and advice that will follow you throughout your professional journey, such as learning resume building skills and receiving cover-letter writing feedback.
We hope you join us.
See below for more details about internships and to learn how to apply.
Internship Period 1
January – June
Internship Period 2
June – December
The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is accepting resumes for a Curatorial Internship position.
This internship is an administrative position assisting the curatorial team. Working closely with the ICA Curators, the position offers a great opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing a career as an art curator. You will work in an exciting industry while learning curatorial operations of a non-profit art organization. This is a six-month, unpaid internship position. Academic credit may apply for students, if approved by applicable school.
- Primarily curatorial administrative duties (general office, filing, database maintenance, general correspondence/emails etc.)
- Assist in the preparation of exhibition loan agreements
- Maintain artist records (biographies/curriculum vitae, press/reviews, etc.)
- Assist Curator with exhibition preparations including documents and forms
- Internet research
- Prepare digital images using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator(basic knowledge helpful but will train)
- Assist Curator with on and off-site programming such as ICA art events, talks, panel discussions, etc.
- May assist with the preparation of special events and programs such as the ICA Auction, art fairs, portfolio reviews, and ICA Live!
- Conduct docent tours of exhibitions
- Greet and welcome guests to ICA at front desk
- Other duties as assigned by the ICA Curators
The candidate must have an interest in contemporary art – work experience in and/or knowledge of the field is desired. Curatorial experience or curatorial studies is strongly preferred. Art history education is a plus. Must be professional, dependable, flexible, and conscientious. Verbal, written, and organizational skills required including basic skills using Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
Terms: Two days per week (minimum) for six months beginning January 2018. (Flexible start/end date)
Please submit cover letter, resume, and work references to: Marielle Mervau, Curatorial Associate and Visitor Engagement Manager at email@example.com
Arts Administration Internship
The ideal skills for this position include attention to detail, willingness to complete a wide variety of office and marketing tasks, enthusiasm and interest in contemporary art, and the ability to follow through with long-term projects. Must be able to work with the public, have a great attitude, and office administration skills a plus. Desired time commitment is 8-10 hours a week, two days per week. While this is an unpaid internship, college credit can be applied.
The Administration Intern can expect to work on/ learn:
- e-Tapestry (Museum donor database)
- Google Ad-words and Analytics
- Calendar listings and marketing listings
- Marketing research
- Basic website editing
- Lite use of Photoshop and inDesign (experience desired)
- MailChimp email subscription
- Google+ and Pinterest for non-profits
- Archiving and filing exhibition records
- Basic office duties and procedures
- Event planning and organization
- Experience in a front office position
- Serve as exhibition docent (Curatorial staff will provide training)
To apply to the Arts Administration Internship email a resume and cover letter to: Marielle Mervau, Curatorial Assistant and Visitor Experience Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
The photography intern will work with the Marketing Associate and Gallery Administrator. The photography intern will be the primary photographer at ICA Live!, First Fridays, openings, and other arts events at the ICA in order to gain experience in performance and exhibition photography. This internship, although it requires minimal time commitment, requires the intern to be available for events on nights and/or weekends. While this is an unpaid position, college credit can be applied and is encouraged. This position is ideal for college seniors pursuing a BFA in photography or first year graduate students pursuing a MFA in photography. An interest in photography and art is required.
You can expect to work on/learn:
- Primary photographer for events (Openings, Talking Art, First Fridays/ICA Live!, Auction Events)
- Assist in video and photographic needs
- Taking/editing photos that might be used for online content
- Familiarity with photo editing programs, I.e. Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
- Gain experience in a live performance setting
- Gain experience in exhibition photography
- Help to maintain photos on server (organizing files, archiving)
- Opportunity to shadow a internationally recognized Bay Area photographer for one day
- Opportunity to participate in our Annual Artist Portfolio Reviews
To apply to the Photography Internship email a resume and cover letter to: Marielle Mervau, Curatorial Assistant and Visitor Experience Coordinator: email@example.com
“Working as an intern at the ICA was an amazing opportunity that I am glad I was able to experience! It helped me to develop, observe, and grow my knowledge of the administrative and marketing workings of a nonprofit contemporary art gallery. I highly enjoyed the atmosphere and the passion of all of the curators and administrators there.”
-Simi, Marketing and Administration Intern
“My internship at the ICA served as a diving board into the Bay Area art scene. I met artists, learned about all different aspects of arts non-profits, and felt inspired every day I walked through the door. Joining the ICA team for a summer internship set me up for my current career in the arts; it’s been a gift that keeps on giving!”
-Lauren, Marketing and Administration Intern