Steele Internship Program

The Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development provides meaningful, hands-on training in numerous professional careers including research, photo archives, technical services, curatorial, education, archives and collections management, development, multi-media, publications, and communications. In addition, interns learn and work in the company of baseball's best-known personalities during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend and Induction Ceremony, held in Cooperstown each summer.

The 2016 application deadline has passed.

Steele Internship Requirements

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To be considered for the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development, 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. Applications for the 2016 Steele Internship Program are due January 31, 2016.

Ozzie Smith Diversity Scholarship

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The Frank & Peggy Steele Internship Program welcomes applicants for the Ozzie Smith Diversity Scholarship. Students of ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds pursuing a four year bachelor's or master's degree are eligible for a scholarship. Complete scholarships are awarded following acceptance into Frank & Peggy Steele Internship Program. If interested, please attach a one-page statement of interest with your cover letter and resume.

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Class of 2015

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Nineteen students hailing from 19 universities will intern for Museum departments, including education, digital strategy, special events, membership, multimedia, photo archives, photography, manuscript archives, public relations, library research and sales and licensing. The 19 interns were selected from more than 500 applications from students nationally.

In addition to completing 40 hours of work each week, interns will participate in a number of career seminars during the program, on topics such as networking, public speaking, community leadership, business etiquette and creating an innovative leadership style. In addition, every intern will host artifact spotlights – brief public presentations with in-depth stories about items in the Museum’s collections – in the Museum throughout the summer.

The internship program began in 2001 and has since welcomed more than 300 interns in an experience made possible by Peggy Steele, who endowed the program in honor of her late husband, Frank, and in his commitment to fostering education and leadership development.

The 2015 class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns

Jessie Beckett, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (public programs); Andrew Bevevino, St. Bonaventure University (digital strategy); Tommy Bohnert, Westminster College (membership); Sarah Calise, Middle Tennessee State University (curatorial); Michael Calkins, University of Tampa (membership); Jeremy Canter, Tufts University (public programs); Jonathan Chodzko, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (membership); Andrew Distler, Cornell University (public programs); Austin Doll, Arizona State University (collections); Thomas Fish, Endicott College (photography); Matthew Folts, SUNY Cortland (sales & licensing); Travis Green, Colorado State University (multimedia); Adam Lathrop, University of Washington (library-research); Gretyl Macalaster, Simmons College (library-research); Caitlin McCaffrey, Cooperstown Graduate Program (public programs); Rachel Nellis, University of Texas at Austin (photo archives); Ryan Turnquist, Augustana College (public relations); Joseph Van Winkle, University of Arkansas (membership); Hannah Visnosky, Syracuse University (special events).

Benefits, Positions, FAQ

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