The BMRC’s Archie Motley Archival Internship Program was launched in January 2016. The mission of the Archie Motley Archival Internship Program is to develop and create meaningful and educational internship opportunities for upper-undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates in the field of cultural heritage management. The Archie Motley Archival Internship Program provides stipends each fall and spring semester to students of color to provide practical employment experience as a cultural heritage professionals working in BMRC member institutions.

The goals of the Archie Motley Archival Internship Program are to:

  • Provide meaningful and educational opportunities for students and emerging professionals.
  • Expose students to career options available in libraries, archives, and special collections.
  • Diversify the applicant pool for positions in Cultural Heritage Management.
  • Support and foster work within BMRC-member institutions


Current senior-level undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, or individuals in career transition are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students of color studying the following disciplines:

  • Public history
  • Library and Information Science
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Award Details

Interns will receive $3,000 in funding.


The internship must entail at least 200 hours of work over the course of a semester to qualify for funding. Intern supervisors will be expected to confirm hours worked.  Award recipients will be expected to write a brief update at the midway point of their internship and an 800-1500 word summary of their internship project at the conclusion of their internship. This final report should not duplicate any work turned in for course credit and will be published by the BMRC on the BMRC’s website. Alternate forms of project outcomes may be acceptable.

About Archie Motley

Mr. Archie Motley (1935-2002) was a gentle crusader whose collection of off-beat papers and manuscripts enabled the Chicago Historical Society to build an extraordinary collection of documents about the lives of black people, labor leaders and social workers.