Internship Positions Available

The Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development provides meaningful, hands-on training in numerous professional careers while learning and working in the company of baseball's best-known personalities during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend and Induction Ceremony, held in Cooperstown each summer.

To be considered for the Steele Internship Program, students must have completed at least 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 Spring of 2020. All Steele interns receive a stipend during the ten weeks of the program and access to affordable student housing. If fulfilling an academic requirement, college credit may also be awarded.

Collections

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Interns in the collections department will be responsible for research, cataloging, digital photography, inventory, condition reporting, data-entry and rehousing of specific divisions of the permanent collection. Divisions of the collection include uniforms, caps, bats, baseballs, gloves, ballpark artifacts, personal artifacts, artwork, textiles, masks, shoes, plaques/trophies, tickets and cards. Each year, a different division of the museum collection is chosen as a primary focus for inventory, re-housing, condition reporting and digital photography. On-going artifact-based projects are also available subject to departmental needs and conservation recommendations.

One position available, graduate level preferred. This position requires graduate level expertise in the analysis and handling of textiles obtained through graduate study, prior internships, projects, volunteer work and previous positions. Majors include Archaeology, Anthropology, Public History, Museum Studies or related major.

Communications/Public Relations

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The Communications intern will assist the Communications department with daily responsibilities and media relations. Responsibilities include: producing copy for our website and magazine; assisting in research for publications; aiding in event plan execution; editing press releases; assembling press kits; updating email lists; assembling media credentials; assembling monthly clipping packets; producing Inside Pitch stories; and assisting with Club Content. Candidates must possess some or all of the following qualities: enjoyment of baseball, high energy level, flexible disposition, reliability, outstanding writing and organizational skills, basic web proficiency and the ability to lift and carry 50-pound loads.

One position available, undergraduate level of baseball knowledge and writing skills required. Majors in journalism, communications preferred.

Curatorial

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The student intern in the Curatorial Department will research and write about baseball history and baseball artifacts to support the curatorial and exhibits programs at the Museum. A special focus will be the links between baseball and American social and cultural history.

These aspects will include conducting primary and secondary research on the history and provenance of museum artifacts, researching the events of baseball history to find connections with American culture, and writing up the results of the findings. Other functions will include writing and editing exhibit labels for selected new artifacts, and researching and answering incoming correspondence.

One position available, graduate level preferred with experience conducting primary and secondary research on artifacts. Majors in history, museum studies, public history preferred

Development/Membership

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Membership interns assist the Museum’s fundraising efforts – primarily focused on helping to increase enrollment in the Hall of Fame membership program.

Interns will gain customer service, data entry, data processing and sales skill through promotion of the Hall of Fame's membership program. Day to day responsibilities include working face-to-face and over the phone, interns practice salesmanship and learn about the department’s business practices and marketing initiatives. The interns develop business etiquette and gain hands-on experience in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment. Ideal candidates possess the following skill set: good verbal communication, high energy, great attention to detail, well organized, coachable, customer service focused and are ready to have fun.

Four positions available, undergraduate level preferred. Majors in business administration, marketing, sports management or non-profit management preferred.

Education

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The Education Department is dedicated to helping every baseball fan create memories to last a lifetime and learn more about America's Pastime. This Educational Intern would work side by side with full-time educators in developing, revising, and updating the Hall of Fame's Education curriculum for K-12 students and teachers.

Typical duties include working with school groups, attending teacher meetings, and explore the on-site and virtual Education Curriculum. This intern will also assist in the execution and promotion of the summer educational programming, including the summer Author Series, museum tours, and helping to oversee research and fact-checking responsibilities.

One position available, undergraduate level preferred. Majors in education, museum studies, history, preferred

Human Resources

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The Human Resources Intern will assist the department with responsibilities for the Hall of Fame's summer season and special events. The intern will gain hands-on experience while assisting the department with staff preparation, employee extras programs, new hire onboarding and volunteer coordination and communication. Daily responsibilities include helping to receive, record, and update volunteer information. Occasional responsibilities may include attending recruitment events and assistance with hiring process and onboarding for seasonal staff.

Ideal candidates will be organized and detail oriented with strong and effective communication ability.

One position available, undergraduate level preferred. Majors may include interpersonal and organizational communications, non-profit administration, business management, and human resources management

Library Research

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The research department interns will be on the front lines in the day-to-day operations of a major specialized library. Primarily, they will assist patrons by providing research material and answering questions that come in person, by letter, fax, phone and e-mail.

Typical duties include, but are not limited to: Gathering and re-shelving materials for researchers; maintaining the appointment calendar; creating digital resources for researchers and staff; assisting staff with fact-checking and editing; and providing support during Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Library events.

Previous library and/or archives experience is strongly preferred. Candidates should be customer service-oriented, flexible, and energetic in nature, interested in history and baseball research, have enthusiasm for learning, be well-organized, and possess an attention for detail. Writing and editing experience is a plus, particularly if baseball-related, though it is not necessary.

Two positions available, graduate level preferred. Majors in Library Science, Archival Science, Information Science, History, English or similar.

Licensing & Sales

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The Licensing & Sales Intern will participate in the planning, development, and implementation methods for reaching potential licensing partners for the Hall of Fame. The intern will assist in the updating and maintaining of existing licensing agreements. This may include reviewing agreement terms, royalty payouts, product approval, and proper use of the Hall of Fame's trademark. The Intern will assist in the breakdown of the Hall of Fame's licensing program by product category and identify key partners within each category. The intern may also assist the sales team to identify potential groups/facility renters who might visit as well as help to shape the marketing plan and outreach for the department.

One position available, undergraduate preferred. Majors in business administration and marketing preferred.

Manuscript Archives

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The Manuscript Archives intern will provide general support for the department, working with various collections. The candidate should have experience in working with a Digital Asset Management System, editing electronic records, and scanning documents. The candidate needs to be detailed-oriented, work independently, as well as having organizational skills to process manuscript collections.

One position available, undergraduate or graduate level. Majors include Library Science, History, or Information Management.

Photo Archives & Digital Collections Intern

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Under the supervision of the Photo Archivist/Director of Digital Assets, the intern will process at least one small collection in the Photo Archives in its entirety. Tasks related to this project include arranging and describing the collection following archival standards, basic preservation of archival materials, and creation of a finding aid. The intern will also digitize and create metadata for at least one collection in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s digital asset management system. Tasks related to this project include the creation of metadata following national standards and digitizing materials following the museum’s best practices.

The Photo Archives & Digital Collections Intern will gain hands-on experience in the following: the full lifecycle of archival processing, creating a cohesive and accurate finding aid using current archival standards, archival digitization standards, handling rare and delicate materials, technical aspects of digitizing archival records, project management, and the ongoing functions of an active archival repository.

Two positions available, graduate level preferred. Majors in Archives Management, Library Studies, or Public History preferred.

Public Programs

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Working with the Visitor Experience team, the public programming interns serve to enhance the visitor experience. Typical duties include working with other programming interns to design and present public programs in the museum on a daily basis, including guided tours, Artifact Spotlight programs, museum theater performances, and hands-on activities and demonstrations for audiences of all sizes. In addition to team responsibilities, each intern will also work independently to develop their own interactive program specifically designed for family audience and planning major museum events such as the Annual All-Star Game Gala and Induction Weekend.

Ideal candidates have a learning enthusiasm for speaking publicly, shows energy, creativity and eagerness to work with families in a fun and engaging manner and have a flexible disposition. The ideal candidate will offer experience in sports, museum work, teaching, public relations or historical interpretation.

Four positions available, undergraduate level preferred. Majors in education, museum studies, history, sport management preferred

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