Questions and Answers

The following is a list of questions you may have about the program. If you have any additional questions, please email [email protected].

Are scholarships available?

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. Scholarships include: bi-weekly stipend, travel and housing costs. The scholarship recipients are members of our museum-wide internship program and are expected to participate in all activities and assignments. For more information, please e-mail [email protected].

Is a stipend offered?

All interns receive a bi-weekly stipend over the course of the 10-week internship.

Is housing available?

A local college in Oneonta, NY, offers dorm housing to interns. Oneonta is 22 miles south of Cooperstown and most interns carpool daily. Interns may seek housing in Cooperstown; however, most accommodations fill quickly due to tourist demand.

How do I apply?

Apply online by completing the application and submitting a resume and cover letter. The deadline for a 2021 position is January 31, 2021.

What do I need to submit with my application?

In order for your application to be complete you must submit a one page resume and cover letter.

Can I reapply?

Yes. If you will still be enrolled in school the following year, you may reapply.

When will applicants be notified of their acceptance?

Once the application deadline is reached, all applications will be carefully reviewed and distributed to individual department directors. All applicants will be notified of the decision by phone or e-mail message by the first week of April. If you would like to inquire about the status of your application please email [email protected].

What are the start and end dates?

The Summer 2020 program begins Monday, June 1, 2021 and ends August 6, 2021. All interns must begin and end on these dates.

How many hours will I work?

The work schedule varies for interns depending on the needs of each department. Many interns work weekends, holidays and evenings. All interns accumulate 40 work hours each week and receive 2 days off in a 7-day time period. Interns do not receive vacation or personal days and are expected to work each week for the full 10 weeks.

Is transportation available?

Cooperstown is 90 minutes from Albany International Airport. Buses and car rental services are available from Albany to Cooperstown and Oneonta. A car is strongly recommended but not necessary as a bus runs daily from Oneonta to Cooperstown. Many interns choose to carpool.

Is there a dress code?

Yes. All interns are required to wear a short-sleeved polo uniform shirt, stone colored khakis, a black belt and black or white shoes. The uniform shirt is provided by the Museum but the purchase of khakis, belt and shoes are the responsibility of the intern. The overall dress code for the Museum is conservative professional.

Who is eligible for an internship?

To be eligible, students must have completed 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 2020.

Can I receive college credit for the internship?

Yes. The Hall of Fame staff works with each individual intern to ensure they receive the experience necessary to gain academic credit if required.