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 2021. 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.
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.
Kristen Gowdy was the 2014 public relations intern in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. (Ross Insana / National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)
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.
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.
Sarah Harris was a 2014 intern in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)
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.
Rachel Nellis was the 2015 photo intern in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. (Parker Fish / National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)