Baseball Hall of Fame Welcomes 2011 Class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns to Cooperstown

20 Undergraduate and Graduate Students Embark on Learning Experience of a Lifetime

June 08, 2011
Twenty college students makes up the 2011 Class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Cooperstown is usually the place where all-stars finish their careers. But for 20 young men and women who comprise the 2011 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development, the start of a new chapter in their professional lives is just beginning at the Hall of Fame.

Twenty college students arrived in Cooperstown on Tuesday, May 31, to begin a 10-week study in a variety of disciplines at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Now in its 11th year, the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development program offers college undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to work alongside Museum and Library staff members to gain hands-on professional training in a field that closely matches the student's major. Interns craft leadership and communication skills by attending career seminars hosted by Hall of Fame staff and community leaders, as well as participating in thematic public speaking in the Museum, and research and writing assignments that directly relate to the Museum mission.

In all, 20 students hailing from 20 universities will intern for Museum departments, including collections, communications, curatorial, education, special events, membership, collections, multi-media, photo archives, public programming, library research, library recorded media, library technical services and library archives. The 20 interns were selected from more than 500 applications from students nationally, with the program concluding Aug. 5.

In addition completing 40 hours of work each week, interns will participate in a number of career seminars during the 10-week program, on topics such as networking, public speaking, resume and cover letter writing, 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 250 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 2011 class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns (name/university/department): Ana Apostoleris, Swarthmore College (education-public programs); Kelsey Brodersen, Boston University (education-public programs); Katherine Coats-Thomas, Wake Forest University (special events); Christopher Duffy, Boston College (education-public programs); Susan Gilmore, University of Michigan (library-recorded media); Sarah Green, Slippery Rock University (membership); Roseanne Grigoli, Binghamton University (multi-media); Brian Iggins, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (education-public programs); Erik Ingmundson, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (curatorial); Bethany Koehn, University of Albany (library-research); Rayna Linowes, Syracuse University (licensing and sales); David Loftus, University of Notre Dame (membership); Nicole Pappas, Quinnipiac University (public relations); Lauren Pate, Middle Tennessee State University (collections); Jennifer Rodger, University of Denver (library-photo archives); Nina Schreiner, University of Pittsburgh (collections); Megan Tope, Kent State University (library-research); June Trimble, Towson University (education-school programs); Sarah Wasser, SUNY Brockport (membership); and Lauren Wretman, University of Iowa (membership).

Applications for the 2012 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program will be available beginning this fall at www.baseballhall.org.

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