Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program
In its tenth year, 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 resume 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; and other staff and community leaders.
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 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 his or 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.