---- — Her professional career has just begun but Carly Busse of Cooperstown has already made it to the Hall of Fame.
Fifteen college students arrived in Cooperstown on June 3 to begin a 10-week study in a variety of disciplines at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as members of the 2013 class of the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development.
The Class of 2013 includes Busse, a junior at St. John Fisher College majoring in communications who is interning in the Hall of Fame’s membership department.
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. According to a media release, 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, according to the release.
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.