Words of Wisdom for Interns

By Connor O’Gara

Six former Frank and Peggy Steele interns returned to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday to serve as the networking seminar panel for the current Steele interns.

Among the panel were Sarah Coffin (Class of 2010), Rayna Linowes (Class of 2011), Craig Nordquist (Class of 2010), Erin Quinn (Class of 2008), Lisa Totaro (Class of 2004) and Andy Zides (Class of 2001).

After giving the current Steele interns a brief biography of how they got to where they are, the panel handed out advice on how to make the step into the professional world.

“We really do want to help you all,” said Coffin, who is currently a Photo Archivist for the Boston Red Sox. “We have used these stepping stones to get to where we are and to give back.”

Coffin and the rest of the panel addressed questions on how to network in person as well as how to network in the technology age.

Former Frank and Peggy Steele interns returned to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday to serve as the networking seminar panel for the current Steele interns. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

Though Coffin is relatively new to the Steele Internship Program fraternity, she stressed the importance of intranetworking throughout the summer in Cooperstown.

“Network with each other,” Coffin said. “Talk with other Steele interns. Ask them what they’re up to and what they’re doing. Keep in touch and use those skills because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Totaro, who is currently a Marketing Associate at the Sunmark Credit Union, also emphasized the importance of taking advantage of all the resources the Hall of Fame has to offer.

“This really is a special opportunity so make sure to enjoy these moments,” Totaro said. “Relish this opportunity and take time to step back and appreciate what you’ve done.”

Nordquist worked as a multi-media intern at the Museum in 2010 and is now a Stats Researcher at MLB Network. Nordquist got his current position after impressing the staff at MLB Network when he competed on the network’s trivia show, “Baseball IQ.”

Nordquist, who also spent time working with the Minnesota Twins, had some words of wisdom for the current Steele interns.

“Always enjoy the present but always be looking toward the future,” Nordquist said.

They might be scattered across the country and not necessarily working in baseball, but each former Steele intern shares a common bond that has helped them get to where they are today.

“It was the first time I was ever pushed or exhausted from a job,” Coffin said. “That work ethic…you get that from this experience and you keep it.”

Applications for the Peggy and Frank Steele Internship Program will be available at baseballhall.org in October 2012.

Connor O’Gara is the 2012 public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development

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