Archie Motley Archival Internship Program

History & Mission

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 to students of color to provide practical employment experience as a cultural heritage professionals working in BMRC member institutions.

Summer 2021 AMAIP Information:

The AMAIP HOST SITE and STUDENT APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE DEADLINE for 2021 has CLOSED. The AMAIP Selection Committee's interview process is ongoing with notifications of selected sites and interns expected soon.

Summer 2020 Internship Program

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Summer 2020 AMAIP intern: Jahru McCulley
Location: online with the
Chicago History Museum
Project Description: Describing digital images of photographic materials from the Raeburn Flerlage collection. The goal is to verify, enhance, and/or create accurate image metadata in order to facilitate online discovery.

Brief Intern Bio: Jahru was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and later moved to Chicago where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at DePaul University. He enjoys learning foreign languages and teaching. Putting that passion into action for the greater good, Jahru teaches ESL classes to parents and families on Chicago’s West Side to help bridge the socioeconomic gaps caused by poor language fluency and proficiency. Enthusiasm oozes as Jahru speaks about the jazz music digital archive he is working with at the Chicago History Museum. Jahru says “I am honored to participate in the Archie Motley Archival Internship Program with the BMRC. I hope to use my experience from the program to jump-start my career!”

Summer 2019 Internship Program

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AMAIP intern Aaliyah Muhammad processed African newspapers at the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University.

Aaliyah Muhammad - Undergraduate student, Anthropology, University of Chicago

Summer 2018 Internship Program


AMAIP intern Donna Edgar processed the Rachel Eubanks Collection at Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago.

Donna Edgar - Master of Library and Information Science, Dominican University


AMAIP intern Christopher Johnson processed the Chicago Reporter (periodical) Records at the Chicago History Museum.

Christopher Johnson - Undergraduate student, History and Statistics, University of Chicago

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AMAIP intern Olamide Ogunbambo processed the Progressive Community Church Papers at Illinois Institute of Technology University Archives and Special Collections.

Olamide Ogunbambo - Undergraduate student, Political Science, University of Chicago

Summer 2017 Internship Program

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AMAIP intern Megan Naylor (l) worked with former BMRC fellow Dr. Melanie Chambliss (r) to process the Carol Moseley Braun Collection at the Women and Leadership Archives, Loyola University.

Megan Naylor - Undergraduate student, History/Pre-law, University of Chicago

Summer 2016 Internship Program


AMAIP interns Sabine Nau (standing) and Arielle Brotherson (seated) work on Color Curtain Processing Project corrections to collections at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection, Woodson Regional Library, Chicago Public Library.

Sabine Nau - Undergraduate student, Public Policy and Political Science, University of Chicago

Ariella Brotherson - Undergraduate student, Visual Arts, University of Chicago


AMAIP intern Olivia Malone (l) with Esmeralda Kale, George & Mary LeCron Foster Curator of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University. Olivia worked on processing African newspapers that documented 1960s national independence movements in African countries.

Olivia Malone - Undergraduate student, Computer Science, University of Chicago

Spring 2016 Internship Program


AMAIP interns, Kellee Warren (l) and Alexandra McGee (r) processing The Provident Hospital Collection at Chicago State University Archives and Special Collections, 2016.

Kellee Warren - Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Alexandra McGee - Undergraduate student, History and Art History, DePaul University.