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 2018. 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.


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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. 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; fulfilling donation requests; 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, good writing and organizational skills, basic computer proficiency and the ability to lift and carry 20-pound loads.

One position available, undergraduate level preferred. Majors in journalism, communications preferred.


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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. Majors in history, museum studies, public history preferred


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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.

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.

Digital Collections

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The Digital Collections interns will assist with the ongoing project to make the Museum and Library’s unique collections available and searchable online. The interns, under the guidance of the Digital Strategy department, will focus on enhancing previously created metadata using a controlled vocabulary and schema. They will gain familiarity with Islandora, the museum’s digital asset management system, through the ingestion of digital assets and accompanying metadata, and the creation of content for the Hall of Fame’s website. Duties may also include the creation of content for the Museum’s social media and other digital channels.

Two positions available, graduate and undergraduate

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 materials for researchers and re-shelving those materials; maintaining the appointment calendar; creating digital resources for researchers and staff; collections management and inventory; writing original material, using primary and secondary sources materials, for Hall of Fame publications; assisting staff with fact-checking and editing; providing support during Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Library events; and assisting staff with document conservation.

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.

Library Technical Services

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The intern in the Library Technical Services Department will be immersed in the multiple functions of the department. The Technical Services Department handles all incoming artifact donations to the Library collection and maintains permanent records for library materials. This involves accessioning of artifacts; acknowledging the generosity of the donor; generating Deeds of Gift for the donor’s signature; cataloging of these artifacts; and housing and shelving the donations in the appropriate climate controlled storage area. The department also manages the clipping files, as well as the books and periodicals collection.

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

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, pre-law preferred.


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The selected intern will assist in the storytelling and archiving operations of the Hall of Fame and Museum. He/she will assist in coverage of our major summer events such as Induction Weekend and more. The Multimedia Intern will write, produce, shoot and edit content for the Hall of Fame’s social media outlets as well as complete stories/videos assigned by the multimedia staff.

The Multimedia Intern will also assist in the archiving and cataloging of various film, video and audio assets as the Museum moves forward in a large scale digitization process. The Multimedia intern will assist in various video shoots and audio productions serving as camera operator, video editor, lighting coordinator and audio recording operator as necessary and assigned.

Experience in writing for video, proper operation of digital cameras, an eye for great video and an ear for great stories and non-linear editing experience (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite) preferred. Some experience in digitization, creation of metadata and operations of digital asset management systems preferred.

One position available, undergraduate preferred. Majors include film/video production, sports journalism

Photo Archives

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The Photo Archive Intern will assist with day-to-day departmental responsibilities including arrangement and description of collections, basic preservation, creation of finding aids, digitization of material and creation of item level metadata in Pastime, the Baseball Hall of Fame's new digital asset management system. Intern will also assist with research questions and processing photo orders.

The Photo Archives contains approximately 250,000 baseball images, dating from the 1860s to the present, with the bulk from the early 20th century. It includes images of baseball players and officials with a special emphasis on the Hall of Famer; group portraits of teams from different leagues; game action from the regular and post season; and other baseball related subjects such as stadiums, American baseball players on tours to other countries, and Hall of Fame events.

Candidates should have previous knowledge of/experience in arrangement and description of a collection; familiarity with EAD, MODS, Dublin Core, or other metadata standards and standardized vocabularies like LCSH; and a basic knowledge of imaging software like Adobe Photoshop. Experience working with photographic or digital collections is preferred.

One position available, graduate level preferred. Majors in Archival Studies, Public History preferred.

Public Programs

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Working with the Visitor Experience team, the public programs interns serve to enhance the visitor experience. Typical duties include developing and presenting 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. Interns will assist with visitor experience and planning major museum events such as the Annual All-Star Game Gala.

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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