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 May of 2016. All Steele interns receive a bi-weekly 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

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. Majors in journalism, communications preferred.

One position available, undergraduate level 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

Development

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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. Majors in business administration, marketing, sports management or non-profit management preferred.

Four positions available, undergraduate level preferred.

Digital Strategy

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The Digital Strategy 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 level preferred

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: Shelving and re-shelving materials; collections management and inventory; assisting staff with fact-checking; assisting with document conservation; creating digital resources for researchers; and writing and editing, using primary and secondary source materials.

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

Two positions available, graduate level preferred

Library Technical Services

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The Technical Services intern will provide general support for the department by performing duties related to the handling of incoming artifacts and the maintenance of permanent records for library materials. Duties may include accessioning of artifacts; acknowledging the generosity of the donor; generating Deeds of Gift; cataloging, labeling, 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. The intern will clip baseball related stories from newspapers, photocopy them onto acid free paper and file them in the appropriate player/team/subject files. The intern will also have the opportunity to research new books and periodicals for possible inclusion into the collection. Majors in history or related major preferred.

One position available, undergraduate level preferred

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. Majors in business administration, pre-law preferred.

One position available, undergraduate preferred.

Multimedia

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The selected intern will assist in the storytelling and archiving operations of the Hall of Fame and Museum during the Summer of 2016. 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

Photo Archives

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Interns in the Photo Archive will primarily be responsible for researching, describing, and digitizing photographic collections. Projects include processing, rehousing, inventorying, creating finding aids, cataloguing photographs in the on-line catalogue, and scanning images. Interns will have an opportunity to develop specific projects based on their particular research interests or team/player loyalties. Interns may also assist in answering image research inquiries and processing photo orders.

One position available, graduate level preferred

Public Programs

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Working in the Education Department, 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, assisting with visitor experience and planning major museum events such as the Annual All-Star Game Gala. Ideal candidate have a learning enthusiasm for speaking publicly, shows energy, zeal, 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 museum work, teaching, public relations or historical interpretation.

Four positions available, undergraduate level preferred

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