** This internship is part of the University’s Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. Please review the Metcalf Interns’ Responsibility Notice to learn more about program requirements for Metcalf interns. Students are responsible for independently finalizing the logistics of their internship, including transportation and lodging. **

**  This Metcalf internship is managed and funded by Career Advancement. Please contact Chung Song (csong1969@uchicago.edu) with any questions.  **


The Archie Motley Archival Internship Program is designed to provide students of color with work opportunities to gain practical experience, earn money while they are in school or recently out of school, and enhance their educational experience. The program is designed to recruit students of color, as a means to address the issue of underrepresentation of critically needed ethnic archivists within the archives profession.

Mr. 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.

Job Description

The BMRC is looking for dedicated interns to assist BMRC member institutions with a dedicated archival processing project. Working under the direction and supervision of BMRC member archivists, the interns’ assignments can include:

Arranging and describing the records;

Surveying the collection both to determine necessary material to re-house and create intellectual organization for the collection;

Identifying preservation issues;

Describing the collection using Archivists’ Toolkit software.

Basic/Required Qualifications

Current student pursuing studies in history, archives, information science, public history, sociology, or technical studies.

Exercise discretion and confidence when handling restricted materials and records.

Excellent computer skills including strong familiarity with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a production-oriented, team environment.

Excellent time management skills.

Strong analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills.

Must be able to lift 40 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), and/or other relevant description tools, authorities, and standards.

Experience working with electronic content management systems and a basic understanding of database management.