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  1. shutterbugC

    shutterbugC Member

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    I heard that internship was just for 2 weeks. Why just 2 weeks? Doesn't seem that they can learn much in 2 weeks. Also, do they have to have their internship in their major or can it be on their minor?
     
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    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Internship can run anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks and is really dependent upon a simple fact that there are only 365 days in the year and the Coast Guard requires a certain number of sea days in order to be licensed.

    A midshipman can pretty much do whatever they want for an internship, but most will do something related to their side of the major divide: Deck or Engine. Some will do their internship with the Navy as well.
     
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    Ryno23 USMMA Class of '15

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    i am in the class of 2015 and my major will be deck and i really want to fly after graduation so im hoping to have an internship with a test pilot school or a naval air station which would be really cool! :thumb: so yeah im pretty sure you can have an internship with what ever you want....i was actually looking at a year book from 2005 and i saw one guys internship was with his dads company lol i actually think it was a bakery but could be wrong lol
     
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    So, if you can have an internship with anyone and in any type of job, what is the purpose of an internship? When do they find out if it is 2, 3, 4 or so weeks?
     
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    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    A lot of people will use the time to network for a job after graduation. It also allows a midshipman to experience the "shore" side to maritime jobs. Some choose to not use their time wisely, others make very important connections. The purpose of the internship is not to "do whatever you want" it's to work in a maritime related company.

    They find out when they set it up. The midshipman is responsible for getting it done, they will know how much time they have to offer when talking with prospective companies.
     
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    You'll relize why they allow only a two week internship once your son gets to that point. You don't know the joy's yet of finding how many ways you can get to 300 or 317.
     
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    I did my internship at the Port of Sacramento, largely because it was closest to where I was living at the time. I was an engineer, so seeing how a bulk cargo operation worked was actually very helpful. I believe that the point of an internship is to give a taste of another aspect of the maritime industry. As an engineer, a shipyard probably would have been a better option, but I didn't get my time in yards until many years later.
     

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