Steele Interns: Then and Now
Wasser went on to perform a number of jobs in both sales and communications with the New York Red Bulls soccer team, the New York Yankees and minor league clubs in Lakewood, N.J., and New Orleans before finding her current home at Fenway Sports Management in Boston as a design coordinator. She said her stops at both the Museum and in minor league baseball helped her try just about everything, and to form a sense of what she liked and didn’t like. Her summer in Cooperstown assured her that she wanted to remain around the baseball diamond.
“After being unsure that I still wanted to be in the communications field, it was really helpful for me to go there and fall back in love with baseball and decide that yes, I want to work in this industry,” Wasser said.
The offices of both professional and minor league baseball teams are peppered with former Steele interns, from ticket sales to photography to the top levels of public relations staffs. But not every intern used his or her Cooperstown experience to launch a career in baseball – or even sports as a whole.
In retrospect, letting us navigate the process and figure tasks out on our own was really the best way to learn.
Andy Zides was a sophomore at Quinnipiac University when he called the Museum just as the Steele program was getting off the ground in 2001.
“I had played baseball in college, and I knew I wanted to work in either professional baseball or education,” Zides said. “I contacted the Hall of Fame just to see if they hired interns, and lo and behold they were starting this brand new internship program.”
Erica Flanagan came to Cooperstown in 2010 as a graduate student with a desire to broaden her skill set. Flanagan had earned her master’s degree in information science and learning technologies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, but was looking to gain more experience beyond the traditional library science field of paper and photo archives.
For those who are thinking of applying, these former interns advise doing your homework: Research both the Hall of Fame and the Steele program thoroughly, just as you would before entering any job interview. And, if you’re one of the lucky few who are accepted, make the most of your summer in “America’s Most Perfect Village.” Those 10 weeks fly by fast.
Matt Kelly is the communications specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum