---- — Cooperstown is usually the place where all-stars finish their careers. But for 15 young women and men who comprise the 2013 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.
Fifteen college students arrived in Cooperstown this week, to begin a 10-week study in a variety of disciplines at the museum between now and Aug. 9.
Now in its 13th year, the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development program 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, 15 students hailing from 15 universities will intern for museum departments, including collections, education, special events, membership, photo archives, public relations, library research and sales and licensing. The 15 interns were selected from more than 600 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, resume and cover letter writing, 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 280 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.