The Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development provides meaningful, hands-on training in numerous professional careers while learning and working in the company of baseball's best-known personalities during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend and Induction Ceremony, held in Cooperstown each summer.
To be considered for the Steele Internship Program, students must have completed at least their sophomore year and be enrolled in a bachelor's or master's degree program at a college or university during the internship, or have just graduated in May of 2015. All Steele interns receive a bi-weekly stipend during the ten weeks of the program and access to affordable student housing. If fulfilling an academic requirement, college credit may also be awarded.
Interns in the collections department will be responsible for research, cataloging, digital photography, inventory, condition reporting, data-entry and rehousing of specific divisions of the permanent collection. Divisions of the collection include uniforms, caps, bats, baseballs, gloves, ballpark artifacts, personal artifacts, artwork, textiles, masks, shoes, plaques/trophies, tickets and cards. Each year, a different division of the museum collection is chosen as a primary focus for inventory, re-housing, condition reporting and digital photography. On-going artifact-based projects are also available subject to departmental needs and conservation recommendations.
The Communications intern will assist the Communications department with daily responsibilities and media relations. Responsibilities include: producing copy for our web site and magazine; assisting in research for publications; aiding in event plan execution; editing press releases; assembling press kits; fulfilling donation requests; updating email lists; assembling media credentials; assembling monthly clipping packets; producing Inside Pitch stories; and assisting with Club Content. Candidates must possess some or all of the following qualities: enjoyment of baseball, high energy level, flexible disposition, reliability, good writing and organizational skills, basic computer proficiency.
One undergraduate positions available, majors in journalism, communications preferred
The student intern in the Curatorial Department will research and write about baseball history and baseball artifacts to support the curatorial and exhibits programs at the Museum. A special focus will be the links between baseball and American social and cultural history.
These aspects will include conducting primary and secondary research on the history and provenance of museum artifacts, researching the events of baseball history to find connections with American culture, and writing up the results of the findings. Other functions will include writing and editing exhibit labels for selected new artifacts, and researching and answering incoming correspondence.
One graduate level position available
Curatorial Intern working with the Collection. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Membership interns assist the Museum’s fundraising efforts – primarily focused on helping to increase enrollment in the Hall of Fame membership program
Working face-to-face and over the phone, interns practice salesmanship and learn about the department’s business practices and marketing initiatives. The interns develop business etiquette and gain hands-on experience in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment. Ideal candidates possess the following skill set: good verbal communication, high energy, great attention to detail, well organized, coachable, customer service focused and are ready to have fun.
Four undergraduate positions available. Majors in business administration, marketing, sports management or non-profit management preferred.
Membership Interns works with Museum Visitors (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)
This Digital Strategy intern will assist in laying the groundwork for an ongoing project to make the Museum’s collections available and searchable online. Under the supervision of the Digital Strategy department, the intern will help to develop a schema and a controlled vocabulary for the key wording of the collection, by way of historical, material, and other descriptive elements. The intern will be expected to gain familiarity with the museum’s digital asset management system (Islandora). Over the course of the internship, the intern will help to make recommendations for a standardized keyword vocabulary, take preliminary steps towards implementing the schema and ingest digital assets with attached metadata. The intern will also assist in interpreting the collection and creating content for the Museum’s website, social media and other digital channels.
Working in the Education Department, the public programs interns serve to enhance the visitor experience. Typical duties include developing and presenting public programs in the museum on a daily basis, assisting with visitor experience and planning major museum events such as the Annual All-Star Game Gala. Ideal candidate have a learning enthusiasm for speaking publicly, shows energy, zeal, creativity and eagerness to work with families in a fun and engaging manner and have a flexible disposition. The ideal candidate will offer experience in museum work, teaching, public relations or historical interpretation.
Four undergraduate positions available, majors in history, museum studies or education preferred
Public Program Intern leads a museum tour. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)
The research department interns will assist in the day-to-day operations of a major specialized library.
-Assist patrons by providing research material and answering questions
-Retrieve and re-shelve library material
-Assist staff members with fact-checking
-Assist with document conservation
Two graduate level positions available. Majors in history, library science preferred
The Licensing & Sales Intern will participate in the planning, development, and implementation methods for reaching potential licensing partners for the Hall of Fame. The intern will assist in the updating and maintaining of existing licensing agreements. This may include reviewing agreement terms, royalty payouts, product approval, and proper use of the Hall of Fame's trademark. The Intern will assist in the breakdown of the Hall of Fame's licensing program by product category and identify key partners within each category. The intern may also assist the sales team to identify potential groups/facility renters who might visit as well as help to shape the marketing plan and outreach for the department.
One undergraduate position available. Majors in business administration, pre-law preferred
The selected intern will assist in the storytelling operations of the Hall of Fame and Museum during the Summer of 2015. He/she will assist in coverage of our major summer events such as the Hall of Fame Classic, Induction Weekend and more. The Multimedia Intern will write, produce, shoot and edit content for the Hall of Fame’s social media outlets as well as complete stories/videos assigned by the multimedia staff. The Multimedia Intern will assist in the weekly completion of current baseball season highlight reels for use within the Museum exhibits, and will assist in various video shoots and audio productions serving as camera operator, video editor, lighting coordinator and audio recording operator as necessary and assigned. Experience in writing for video, proper operation of digital cameras, an eye for great video and an ear for great stories and non-linear editing experience (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite) preferred.
Interns in the Photo Archive will primarily be responsible for researching, describing, and digitizing photographic collections. Projects include processing, rehousing, inventorying, creating finding aids, cataloguing photographs in the on-line catalogue, and scanning images. Interns will have an opportunity to develop specific projects based on their particular research interests or team/player loyalties. Interns may also assist in answering image research inquiries and processing photo orders.
The Photography Intern must be an accomplished photographer, both action and still. In addition to photographing Museum events, the intern will be tasked with editing our current photo files. Intern will use new nomenclature to identify photos for our DAMS presence along with cleaning out duplicate or incomplete images from files under supervision of photo department. Portfolio is required upon interview process.
Responsible for assisting the Special Events team in the planning, execution and follow-up of Hall of Fame Weekend 2015. Daily responsibilities will support the logistics, operations and hospitality functions of the event weekends, ranging from database management to vendor coordination to hospitality and guest management and communication. On-site management of events is required. Additional event assistance will also be required, as needed
One undergraduate position available. Majors in hospitality management, event planning preferred