Approximate Date of Posting: Dec 11, 2017
Eligibility: 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
Position: Twenty internships will be awarded. (Library & Museum)
Intern positions for 2018 are available in the following fields:
Collections, Communications, Curatorial, Development, Digital Strategy, Education-Public Programs, Library Research, Library Manuscript Archives, Licensing & Sales, Multimedia, Photo Archives, and Special Events. Twenty internships will be awarded.
Frank and Peggy Steele Internship at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The chance to spend the summer in Cooperstown is every baseball fan’s dream. For college students aspiring to land a once-in-a-lifetime summer experience in the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2018 internship program.
The 2018 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development will provide students the chance to join the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum team in a 10-week paid summer internship, offering meaningful, hands-on training in numerous professional career fields for those who are chosen from the hundreds of applications received in Cooperstown each year.
Location: Cooperstown, New York
Time Frame: 10 weeks June 4-August 10, 2017
Compensation: Stipend (bi-weekly, unspecified)
The 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.
Interns in the collections department will be responsible for research, cataloging, digital photography, inventory, condition reporting, data-entry and rehousing of specific divisions of the permanent collection. Divisions of the collection include uniforms, caps, bats, baseballs, gloves, ballpark artifacts, personal artifacts, artwork, textiles, masks, shoes, plaques/trophies, tickets and cards. Each year, a different division of the museum collection is chosen as a primary focus for inventory, re-housing, condition reporting and digital photography. On-going artifact-based projects are also available subject to departmental needs and conservation recommendations.
One position available, graduate level preferred. Majors include Archaeology, Anthropology, Public History, Museum Studies or related major.
Library Technical Services
The intern in the Library Technical Services Department will be immersed in the multiple functions of the department. The Technical Services Department handles all incoming artifact donations to the Library collection and maintains permanent records for library materials. This involves accessioning of artifacts; acknowledging the generosity of the donor; generating Deeds of Gift for the donor’s signature; cataloging of these artifacts; and housing and shelving the donations in the appropriate climate controlled storage area. The department also manages the clipping files, as well as the books and periodicals collection.
One position available, undergraduate or graduate level. Majors include Library Science, History, or Information Management.
The research department interns will be on the front lines in the day-to-day operations of a major specialized library. Primarily, they will assist patrons by providing research material and answering questions that come in person, by letter, fax, phone and e-mail.
Typical duties include, but are not limited to: 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, using primary and secondary sources materials, for Hall of Fame publications; assisting staff with fact-checking and editing; providing support during Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Library events; and assisting staff with document conservation.
Previous library and/or archives experience is strongly preferred. Candidates should be customer service-oriented, flexible, and energetic in nature, interested in history and baseball research, have enthusiasm for learning, be well-organized, and possess an attention for detail. Writing and editing experience is a plus, particularly if baseball-related, though it is not necessary.
Two positions available, graduate level preferred. Majors in Library Science, Archival Science, Information Science, History, English or similar.
The selected intern will assist in the storytelling and archiving operations of the Hall of Fame and Museum. He/she will assist in coverage of our major summer events such as Induction Weekend and more. The Multimedia Intern will write, produce, shoot and edit content for the Hall of Fame’s social media outlets as well as complete stories/videos assigned by the multimedia staff.
The Multimedia Intern will also assist in the archiving and cataloging of various film, video and audio assets as the Museum moves forward in a large scale digitization process. The Multimedia intern will assist in various video shoots and audio productions serving as camera operator, video editor, lighting coordinator and audio recording operator as necessary and assigned.
Experience in writing for video, proper operation of digital cameras, an eye for great video and an ear for great stories and non-linear editing experience (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite) preferred. Some experience in digitization, creation of metadata and operations of digital asset management systems preferred.
One position available, undergraduate preferred. Majors include film/video production, sports journalism
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.
The Photo Archives contains approximately 250,000 baseball images, dating from the 1860s to the present, with the bulk from the early 20th century. It includes images of baseball players and officials with a special emphasis on the Hall of Famer; group portraits of teams from different leagues; game action from the regular and post season; and other baseball related subjects such as stadiums, American baseball players on tours to other countries, and Hall of Fame events.
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.
How to Apply: Apply online by completing the application and submitting a resume and cover letter.
Deadline: January 31, 2018