Baseball Hall of Fame Welcomes 2014 Class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns to Cooperstown

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

June 02, 2014

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Cooperstown is usually the place where all-stars finish their careers. But for 15 young women and men who comprise the 2014 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. 8.  

In this photo: Front row, from left: Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, Elyse Bennett, Mackenzie Brennan, Matthew Struckle, Christian Stegall, Steele Internship Program Founder Peggy Steele; Second row, from left: Emily Bayci, Kristen Gowdy, Peter Stein, Molly Becker, Sarah Harris; Back row, from left: Kenneth Roussey, Ross Insana, Christopher Docter, Matthew Humerick, Corbin Gapski, Kevin Drislane.

Now in its 14th 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 14 universities will intern for Museum departments, including education, special events, membership, multimedia, photo archives, manuscript archives, public relations, library research and sales and licensing. The 15 interns were selected from more than 600 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 290 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 2014 class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns (name/university/department): Emily Bayci, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign (library-research); Molly Becker, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign (education-public programs); Elyse Bennett, University of North Carolina-Greensboro (education-public programs); Mackenzie Brennan, Villanova University (special events); Christopher Docter, Cal State University-Northridge (library-research); Kevin Drislane, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (membership); Corbin Gapski, Fairleigh Dickinson University (membership); Kristen Gowdy, Ithaca College (public relations); Sarah Harris, Hartwick College (manuscript archives); Matthew Humerick, Western New England College (sales and licensing); Ross Insana, Penn State University (multimedia); Kenneth Roussey, University of Maryland (photo archives); Christian Stegall, Morehouse College (education-public programs); Peter Stein, Boston College (education-public programs); and Matthew Struckle, SUNY Brockport (membership).

Applications for the 2015 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program will be due on January 31, 2015 and will be available beginning this fall at