Baseball Hall of Fame Welcomes 2012 Class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns to Cooperstown

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

May 30, 2012
The 2012 Frank and Peggy Steele Interns arrive in Cooperstown. (Milo Stewart, Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Cooperstown is usually the place where all-stars finish their careers. But for 15 young men and women who comprise the 2012 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.

Fifteen college students arrived in Cooperstown on Tuesday, May 29, to begin a 10-week study in a variety of disciplines at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Now in its 12th 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, 15 students hailing from 15 universities will intern for Museum departments, including collections, education, special events, membership, photo archives, public relations, library research and library recorded media,. The 15 interns were selected from more than 500 applications from students nationally, with the program concluding Aug. 3.

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 270 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 2012 class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns (name/university/department): Laurel Camean, Syracuse University (education-public programs); Nichole Clayton, St. Mary’s College (membership); Jacob Fishbein, Kenyon College (education-public programs); Ricardo Gomez, St. John’s University (membership); Megan Griffin, Western Carolina University (education-public programs); Lindsey Hale, University of Virginia (education-public programs); Elly Jurgensen, University of Nebraska (special events); Cassidy Lent, Southern Connecticut State (library-research); Jackson Malnati, Providence College (membership); Jessica Mayercin, Cooperstown Graduate Program (collections); Kimberly McCray, University of North Carolina (library-recorded media); Max Miller, University of Denver (library-photo archives); Connor O’Gara, Indiana University (public relations); Amanda Rodriguez, University of Minnesota (membership); and Nadia Stennes-Spidahl, University of British Columbia (library-research).

Applications for the 2013 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program will be available beginning this fall at www.baseballhall.org.

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