The Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program is a ten week experience that offers college students an opportunity to work alongside Museum and Library staff to gain hands-on professional training in a field that closely matches his/her major. Interns craft leadership and communication skills by attending career seminars hosted by Hall of Fame staff and community leaders and also by participating in thematic public speaking, research and writing assignments that directly relate to the fulfilling the mission of the organization.
The Steele Internship Program is more than just working 40 hours a week. It is a hands-on immersion experience that takes classroom learning into the real world. Here's an example of activities interns participate in.
The professional learning experience is not limited just to one department, as all interns are invited to participate in professional seminars on topics ranging from networking to public speaking to résumé writing to leadership to business etiquette. The seminars are led by noted baseball professionals. In past years, seminar leaders included Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Hall of Fame; Bill Gladstone, member of the Hall's Board of Directors and owner of the Class A Tri-City Valley Cats; Pat O'Conner, President & CEO of Minor League Baseball and other staff and community leaders.
Interns interact during a career seminar (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)
This event entirely planned and run by interns is a highlight of the Hall of Fame's summer programming calendar. Each year, the interns conceive of a theme and carry out baseball games and trivia contests between innings of the Midsummer Classic. Strong intern participation helps make the event a big hit.
Interns at All-Star Game Gala (Milo Stewart Jr. / National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Interns hone their research and public speaking skills through presentations to Hall of Fame visitors on baseball history. Each intern presents a minimum of three talks on artifacts in the Museum's vast collection. By conducting their own research, the intern has the opportunity to browse through the Hall of Fame's extensive library of baseball records, books, and photographs, learning things that even the utmost baseball fanatic never knew.
Parker Fish was the 2015 photography intern in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. (Milo Stewart, Jr. / National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)
Interns will attend a Tri-City ValleyCats game, a Class A Minor League team in the New York-Penn League. This experience will allow students to interact with the ValleyCats staff including Manager Ed Romero and Owner and President, Bill Gladstone. Mr. Gladstone also serves on the Hall of Fame's Board of Directors. Interns will learn customer service and public speaking as well as interact with fans as they display artifacts from the museum's collection during the game.
Travis Green, the 2015 multimedia intern in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum participates in an in-game promotion during the Tri-City ValleyCats game. (Parker Fish / National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)
Steele Interns work with each department throughout the summer to prepare for the Annual Induction Weekend. From museum programming to the Hall of Fame parade and media hospitality to fan interaction, each intern plays a vital role in the planning and execution of this major event each summer.
The 2015 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program interns at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum poses for a group shot after PLAY Ball. (Milo Stewart, Jr. / National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)