Cadet interviews serve as an opportunity to see what career related activities cadets are undertaking while enrolled at Cal Maritime. The bulk of these will be through Co-Op and Sea Training II, but there are many ways to build career related skills during the school year as well. This can be through off-campus and on-campus jobs, involvement in the Corps and professional organizations, or community involvement. Listen below and don't hesitate to reach out to you fellow classmates to learn more about their experiences.


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Summer 2021 GSMA Interns: Kyle Yamamoto, '22; Alicia Porter, '23; Andrew Cavinta, '22

Summer 2021 Shoreside Engineering Interns: Kenny Shin (ME), '22; Colin Powers (ME), '22; Yaoyao Wolansky (FET), '22

Summer 2021 IBL Interns: Nathaniel Young, '22; Karla Gomez, '22; Tyler Clarke, '22

Summer 2021 Oceanography Interns: Mark Wheaton, '23; Seamus Jameson, '24


GSMA Interviewees: Kyle Yamamoto, Bath Iron Works (San Diego), '22 | Alicia Porter, Clean Air Engineering Maritime (Long Beach), '23 | Andrew Cavinta, Humboldt Bay Harbor District (Eureka), '22

Cadets Kyle Yamamoto, Alicia Porter, and Andrew Cavinta discuss their different internship experiences this summer. Kyle served as Bath Iron Works first intern at their San Diego offices, Alicia was able to broaden her understanding of career paths available to a GSMA cadet, and Andrew dove into his passion of wind and renewable energy.  All three cadets felt these internships enhanced their career exploration process and allowed them to further develop skills they can take into the future. 

Where did you intern, what was your title, how did you secure the internship? 0:45

What was your schedule like on the internship? 3:52

What were some of the typical tasks you had? Did you do lots of little projects or were you working on one or several long projects? 7:21

How have your studies, so far, prepare you? Any particular courses? What about anything else in your time at Cal Maritime, such as clubs, sports, the corps, etc? 11:26

What were some things you weren’t prepared for that popped up during the internship? How did you address/handle them? 16:17

What type of guidance and/or mentorship did the company provide you? 21:16

What was your favorite thing about the internship? What was your least favorite? 26:55

How do you see this internship fitting into your career goals? 32:08

What overall advice would you give to cadets looking for internships this upcoming year? 37:50


Shoreside EngineeringInterviewees: Kenny Shin, Northrop Grumman (Redondo Beach), '22 | Colin Powers, BAE Systems (San Diego), '22 | Yaoyao Wolansky, Genentech (South San Francisco), '22

Cadets Kenny Shin, Colin Powers, and Yaoyao Wolansky join Konnecting Keelhaulers to discuss their summer Co-Op experiences. Each had unique experiences ranging from more project management type work to a dual in-person/remote set-up to unique work schedules. They touch on some of the work they did while in their internship, and the different structure each company offered for interns. They also offer advice when looking for internships and how internships have helped them develop a clearer vision of their career goals.

Where did you intern, what was your title, how did you secure the internship? 0:36

What was your schedule like? 2:37

What were some of the typical tasks you had? Did you do lots of little projects or were you working on one or several long projects? 5:25

How have your studies, so far, prepare you? Any particular courses? What about anything else in your time at Cal Maritime, such as clubs, sports, the corps, etc? 9:34

What were some things you weren’t prepared for that popped up during the internship? How did you address/handle them? 14:27

What type of guidance and/or mentorship did the company provide you? 18:50

What was your favorite thing about the internship? What was your least favorite? 24:37

How do you see this internship fitting into your career goals? 29:42

What overall advice would you give to cadets looking for internships this upcoming year? 34:28


IBL Interviewees: Nathaniel Young, Collins Aerospace (Fairfield), '22 | Karla Gomez, GSC Logistics (Oakland), '22 | Tyler Clarke, Norton Lilly International (Oakland), '22

Cadets Nathaniel Young, Karla Gomez, and Tyler Clarke chat with Career Services about their enriching internship experiences this summer. They highlight some of the skills they learned will be valuable heading into the future, whether that is learning Six Sigma or the necessitiy of nightly preparation so they weren't rushed in the morning. Nathaniel and Karla highlighted the joy of working with other interns on projects, and Tyler touched on the joys of meeting Cal Maritime alums and mariners from around the world. Tyler and Karla even offer specific advice for transfer cadets looking for an internship in their first year on campus.

Where did you intern, what was your title, how did you secure the internship? 0:23

What was your schedule like? 2:48

What were some of the typical tasks you had? Did you do lots of little projects or were you working on one or several long projects? 5:20

How was it being interns and having to present to higher ups in the company or direct full time employees? 9:37

How have your studies, so far, prepare you? Any particular courses? What about anything else in your time at Cal Maritime, such as clubs, sports, the corps, etc? 12:05

Any advice for transfers who have to get an internship by the end of their first year at Cal Maritime? 14:12

What were some things you weren’t prepared for that popped up during the internship? How did you address/handle them? 15:41

What type of guidance and/or mentorship did the company provide you? 18:50

What was your favorite thing about the internship? What was your least favorite? 22:00

How do you see this internship fitting into your career goals? 25:25

What overall advice would you give to cadets looking for internships this upcoming year? 28:55


Oceanography Interviewees: Mark Wheaton, '23 and Seamus Jameson, '24, San Francisco Estuary Institute (SF Bay Area)

Cadets Mark Wheaton and Seamus Jameson joined Career Services to discuss their joint research this summer they conducted on phytoplankton, chlorophyll, and nutrient levels in the South Bay. Mark and Seamus learned a lot from their research leads but were given lots of independence that saw them canoeing 7 miles around the ponds on the shore of the Bay. The two dive into some of the challenges they encountered as well as what they were able to take away after their first summer of field work. They close with some advice for interns to take away as they head out to their internships.

Where did you intern, what was your title, how did you secure the internship? 0:41

What was your schedule like on the internship? 3:51

What research were you working on? Did you have little projects you worked on or were you working on one or several long projects? 7:28

How have your studies, so far, prepare you? Any particular courses? 12:20

Advice from a graduate school professor for interns. 14:58

More in depth on Phase 2 of their research, assisting full time researchers, and problem solving. 16:10

How did you develop your research proposal for the summer? 21:15

What type of guidance and/or mentorship did the company provide you in conjunction with the independence they gave you? 24:08

What was your favorite thing about the internship? What was your least favorite? 27:22

How do you see this internship fitting into your career goals and what new things did you learn and apply? 31:10

What overall advice would you give to cadets looking for internships this upcoming year? 39:27