Steele Internship Program

Approximate Date of Posting: January 3, 2017

Position: Multiple (Library & Museum)

Location: Cooperstown, New York


Time Frame:  June 5-August 11, 2017

Compensation: Stipend (bi-weekly, unspecified)

Source: ALA Joblist


T he Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program is a ten week experience that offers college students an opportunity to work alongside Museum and Library staff to gain hands-on professional training in a field that closely matches his/her major. Interns craft leadership and communication skills by attending career seminars hosted by Hall of Fame staff and community leaders and also by participating in thematic public speaking, research and writing assignments that directly relate to the fulfilling the mission of the organization. Departments including library research, curatorial, education, archives and collections management, development, multi-media 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.  Visit to apply.

Digital Collections 

The Digital Collections 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 and undergraduate

Library Research

The research department interns will assist patrons by providing research material and answering questions that come in person, by letter, phone and e-mail. Typical duties include gathering materials for researchers and re-shelving those materials; maintaining the appointment calendar; creating digital resources for researchers and staff; collections management and inventory; writing original material for Hall of Fame publications; assisting staff with fact-checking and editing; and providing support during Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Library events. Two positions available, graduate level preferred. Majors in Library Science, Archival Science, Information Science, History, English or similar.

Manuscript Archives

The Manuscript Archives intern will provide general support for the department. The candidate should have experience in working with a Digital Asset Management System, editing electronic records, and scanning documents. The candidate needs to be detailed-oriented, work independently, as well as having organizational skills to process manuscript collections. One position available, undergraduate or graduate level. Majors include Library Science, History, or Information Management.

Photo Archives

The Photo Archive Intern will assist with day-to-day departmental responsibilities including arrangement and description of collections, basic preservation, creation of finding aids, digitization of material and creation of item level metadata in Pastime, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s new digital asset management system. Intern will also assist with research questions and processing photo orders.  Candidates should have previous knowledge of/experience in arrangement and description of a collection; familiarity with EAD, MODS, Dublin Core, or other metadata standards and standardized vocabularies like LCSH; and a basic knowledge of imaging software like Adobe Photoshop. Experience working with photographic or digital collections is preferred. One position available, graduate level preferred. Majors in Archival Studies, Public History preferred.


Deadline: January 31, 2017


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