Steele Internship Program

The Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development provides meaningful, hands-on training in numerous professional careers including research, photo archives, technical services, curatorial, education, archives and collections management, development, multi-media, publications, and communications. In addition, interns learn and work in the company of baseball's best-known personalities during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend and Induction Ceremony, held in Cooperstown each summer.

Steele Internship Requirements

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To be considered for the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development, 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 the year of their internship. 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. Applications for the 2017 Steele Internship Program are due January 31, 2017.

Ozzie Smith Diversity Scholarship

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The Frank & Peggy Steele Internship Program welcomes applicants for the Ozzie Smith Diversity Scholarship. Students of ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds pursuing a four year bachelor's or master's degree are eligible for a scholarship. Complete scholarships are awarded following acceptance into Frank & Peggy Steele Internship Program. If interested, please attach a one-page statement of interest with your cover letter and resume.

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Class of 2016

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Eighteen students hailing from 17 universities will intern for Museum departments, including education, digital strategy, special events, membership, multimedia, photo archives, photography, manuscript archives, public relations, library research and sales and licensing. The 18 interns were selected from more than 500 applications from students nationally.

In addition to completing 40 hours of work each week, interns will participate in a number of career seminars during the program, on topics such as networking, public speaking, community leadership, business etiquette and creating an innovative leadership style. In addition, every intern will host artifact spotlights – brief public presentations with in-depth stories about items in the Museum’s collections – in the Museum throughout the summer.

The internship program began in 2001 and has since welcomed more than 300 interns in an experience made possible by Peggy Steele, who endowed the program in honor of her late husband, Frank, and in his commitment to fostering education and leadership development.

The 2016 class of Frank and Peggy Steele Interns:

Katherine Acquavella, St. John’s University (communications); Katherine Adriaanse, Drexel University (library research); Erik Breit, Slippery Rock University (programming); Larry Brunt, Rutgers University (digital strategy); Dylan Drollette, Simmons College (photo archives); Troy Farkas, University at Albany (multimedia); Kimberly Hannigan, University of Colorado-Denver (collections); Joseph Kuykendall, James Madison University (development); Kathleen Mackin, University of Notre Dame (programming); Zach McDonald, Syracuse University (development); Nina Phan, University of Florida (development); Rachel Robertson, Lafayette College (licensing & sales); Christopher Shupenko, Fairleigh Dickinson University (library-technical services); Sam Sinykin, Syracuse University (programming); Khephren Spigner, Wesleyan University (programming); Jack Spooner, Xavier University (development); Peyton Tracy, Cooperstown Graduate Program (curatorial); Katherine Walden, University of Iowa (library research).

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