Baseball Hall of Fame Welcomes 2013 Class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns to Cooperstown

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

June 03, 2013
The Class of 2013 Frank and Peggy Steele interns at the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Cooperstown is usually the place where all-stars finish their careers. But for 15 young women and men who comprise the 2013 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 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. 

Fifteen college students arrived in Cooperstown today, to begin a 10-week study in a variety of disciplines at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum between now and Aug. 9.   

Now in its 13th 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 sales and licensing. The 15 interns were selected from more than 600 applications from students nationally. 

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 280 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 2013 class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns (name/university/department): Haley Alvarez, University of Virginia (membership); Claire Berge, Johns Hopkins University (education-public programs); Carly Busse, St. John Fisher College (membership); Fernando Carrasquillo, University of Connecticut (membership); Maura Coonan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (library-research); Dana Edwards, University of Illinois-Urbana (sales and licensing); Eric Feingold, Cooperstown Graduate Program (curatorial); Kathleen Fry, University of Texas-San Antonio (education-public programs); Bill Getschman, Hope College (education-public programs); Andrew Hicks, Ithaca College (membership); Andrew Kivette, University of Alabama (public relations); Kasey Metzler, University of Florida (special events); John Seymour, Georgetown University (education-public programs); Paul Vinelli, University of Texas-Austin (library-research); and Connor Wynn, University of Maryland-College Park (photo archives). 

Applications for the 2014 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program will be due on January 31, 2014 and will be available beginning this fall at www.baseballhall.org/education. 

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