Baseball Hall of Fame Welcomes 2017 Class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns to Cooperstown

20 Undergraduate and Graduate Students Embark on Learning Experience of a Lifetime

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Cooperstown is usually the place where all-stars finish their careers. But for the young women and men who comprise the 2017 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development, the start of a new chapter in their professional lives is just beginning at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Twenty college students arrived in Cooperstown this week, to begin a 10-week study in a variety of disciplines at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum between now and Aug. 11.

Now in its 17th year, the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development offers college undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to work alongside Museum and Library staff members to gain hands-on professional training in a field that closely matches the student’s major. Interns craft leadership and communication skills by attending career seminars hosted by Hall of Fame staff and community leaders, as well as participating in thematic public speaking in the Museum, and research and writing assignments that directly relate to the Museum mission.

In all, 20 students hailing from 19 colleges and universities will intern for Museum departments, including curatorial, education, digital strategy, manuscript archives, membership, multimedia, photo archives, collections, public relations, library research, sales and licensing and special events. The 20 interns were selected from more than 600 applications from students nationwide.

The 2017 class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns is pictured above. Top row, from left to right: Kyle Grozen, Charles Barchett, Justin Hendry, Samuel Dreyfuss, Michael Fishbach, Eldon Yeakel; Middle row, from left to right: Erica Wells, Cady Lowery, Hannah Mahnken, Emily Cooper, Emily Perdue, Madeline Chessario, Hanna Soltys, Cassidy Murray; bottom row, from left to right: Meghan Anderson, Samantha Selikoff, Rebecca Finnigan, Elizabeth Muratore, Addison Skaggs, Cagney Irving. (Milo Stewart Jr. / National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

The 2017 class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns (name/university/department): Meghan Anderson, University of Oklahoma (curatorial); Charles Barchett, Bradley University (development); Madeline Chessario, University of Minnesota (licensing and sales); Emily Cooper, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (digital strategy); Samuel Dreyfuss, Xavier University (development); Rebecca Finnigan, Simmons College (photo archives); Michael Fishbach, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (digital strategy); Kyle Grozen, UCLA (education); Justin Hendry, Texas Christian University (education); Cagney Irving, The Citadel (development); Cady Lowery, University of Missouri-Columbia (communications); Hannah Mahnken, University of North Carolina-Greensboro (collections); Elizabeth Muratore, University of Virginia (development); Cassidy Murray, Lasell College (education); Emily Perdue, Wayne State University (library research); Samantha Selikoff, The College of New Jersey (special events/education); Addison Skaggs, Oklahoma State University (multimedia); Hanna Soltys, Simmons College (library research); Erica Wells, Dickinson College (education); and Eldon Yeakel, Illinois State University (library manuscript archives).

Applications for the 2018 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program will be due on Jan. 31, 2018 and will be available beginning this fall at