Student Application Process for the Archie Motley Archival Internship Program

Goals of the AMAIP

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 Archives/Special Collections with a focus on Cultural Heritage Management.
  • Support and foster work within BMRC-member institutions


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

  • African American Studies
  • Archival Science/Special Collections
  • Art History
  • Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies
  • Music/Music Education
  • Political Science
  • Public History
  • Secondary Education w/History concentration
  • Sociology/Social Work
  • US History

*At this time Archie Motley interns are funded by the BMRC, the University of Chicago and the DePaul University. Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student of the University of Chicago or DePaul University. Individuals in career transition will be considered on a case by case basis. We aim to secure additional financial support to expand our students from other universities in the future and to increase the number of BMRC host institutions for the AMAIP.

Application Requirements


Deadline Extended March 31st!

WHEN: Opening date is January 28 and the deadline is March 13, 2022 **NEW DEADLINE! MARCH 31, 2022**

WHO: Applicants who are upper-undergraduate students, graduate students in good standing at their universities, recent graduates or persons in career transition are eligible to apply.

WHAT: Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume/CV (If selected for an interview, two BMRC reference forms must be completed, one by a professor.)

NOTE about the Process: Once applications are reviewed and rated by the AMAIP 2022 Jury Selection Committee, finalists are notified and an interview will be scheduled. A copy of the applicant's current transcript and two references are required of all who are selected for an interview. After the interviews, student applicants are further evaluated and ranked. Selected internship recipients will be notified on or about April 8, 2022.


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Program Requirements

The intern will work on a project planned by the assigned BMRC host institution and reviewed and approved by the AMAIP Jury Selection Committee. Each project requires at least 200 hours of work over 8 weeks during the summer. The BMRC Program Manager will communicate with intern supervisors at the selected BMRC-AMAIP host sites institutions regarding confirmation of hours worked by the AMAIP intern. 

Additionally, Archie Motley interns will be expected to:

  • Participate in weekly one-on-one meetings with the BMRC Host Institution Supervisor
  • Participate in bi-weekly online meetings with the BMRC Program Manager & Archivist
  • Participate in an online, asynchronous Enrichment & Professional Development Course (required, but non-graded)
    • Completion of all assignments and participation in scheduled intern group discussions, informal chats, tours or other activities is expected.
  • Write a brief update at the midway point of their internship
  • Submit an 800-1000 word summary report of their internship project at the conclusion of their internship.
  • Give a 10-15 minute presentation with slides at the end or immediately following the internship on a date determined by the BMRC Program Manager

Award Details

Interns will receive $3,000 in funding for 200 hours of work spread across 8 weeks of summer 2022