Baseball Hall of Fame Welcomes Berry College Interns

Release Date: July 18, 2018

Cooperstown is usually the place where all-stars finish their careers. But for the young women and men, including Bruno Rosa and Jason Rose, who comprise the 2018 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.

Nineteen college students are participating in the 10-week study in a variety of disciplines at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum through Aug. 10.

Rose, from Delmar, N.Y., graduated in May with a sports administration degree and played baseball for Berry College. Rosa, from Naples, Fla., is a senior majoring in communication and mathematics, is interning in the Hall of Fame’s multimedia department.

“It’s a great honor,” Rosa said. “This is my first internship in college, and I’m excited to not only develop my skills but learn new ones along the way. Also building connections, not only with the interns, but also people that are in the industry that I’m striving to one day be in.”

Now in its 18th 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’s mission.

In all, 19 students hailing from 18 colleges and universities will intern for Museum departments, including curatorial, education, digital strategy, membership, multimedia, photo archives, collections, public relations, library research, sales and licensing and special events. The 19 interns were selected from more than 500 applications from students nationwide.

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.