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Hannah Mahnken, pictured at Northwest last year, is among 20 students completing a 10-week study this summer at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Hannah Mahnken, pictured at Northwest last year, is among 20 students completing a 10-week study this summer at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

    June 20, 2017

    Alumna Hannah Mahnken picked for Baseball Hall of Fame internship

    Some people wait a lifetime for a call from the Hall, but the call came a little earlier for Northwest Missouri State University alumna Hannah Mahnken.

    Mahnken, a native of Schleswig, Iowa, is one of 20 college students who arrived June 5 in Cooperstown, New York, to begin a 10-week study in a variety of disciplines at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as members of the 2017 Class of the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development. 

    Mahnken, who earned her bachelor’s degree in history at Northwest in 2016, is now a graduate student in her second year at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she is studying history and museum studies. She is interning in the Hall of Fame’s collections department.

    “My passion for museum work stems from my excitement of telling stories through objects and working to preserve them for future learning and enjoyment,” Mahnken said. “The collection at the Hall has a singular opportunity to connect people from multiple backgrounds as the fan base of baseball spreads across the globe.”

    Now in its 17th year, the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development program offers college 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 students will intern for museum departments, including collections, digital strategy, education, special events, membership, photography, photo archives, public relations, library research, and sales and licensing. The 20 interns, who come from 19 colleges and universities, were selected from more than 500 applications submitted by students throughout the nation.

    In addition to completing 40 hours of work each week, interns participate in a number of career seminars, on topics such as networking, teamwork, business communication 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 – 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.

    Applications for the 2018 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program are due Jan. 31, 2018, and will be available beginning this fall at www.baseballhall.org/education.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468