Lily Brandt G’19, a graduate museum studies student in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Design, is one of 19 college students interning at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., this summer as part of the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development.
Brandt is interning in the Hall of Fame’s collections department as part of the ten-week program, which concludes Aug. 10.
“It’s pretty much a dream come true,” says Brandt. “I’ve been working toward this for a couple years, and I can’t believe I’m actually here. I’m really excited about all the projects we get to do and really expanding my collections management knowledge.”
Now in its 18th year, the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development offers 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.
The 19 interns were selected from more than 500 applications from students nationwide. In addition to completing 40 hours of work each week, they will participate in a number of career seminars during the program on such topics 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.
For more information about the program, visit baseballhall.org/education.