Winter Work Term

Winter Work Term

Webb Students gaining real life experience working across the U.S. and around the world!

Do you really know what is involved in the design and construction of a ship? To name a few things, you need to think about stability, resistance, propulsion, structures, cargo systems, electrical generation and distribution, heating, cooling, sewage, refrigeration, crew accommodations, government regulations, plus it needs to float!

We believe in a hands-on approach in order to gain the significant experience necessary to succeed in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering.

Our Winter Work internship allows you to have four unique learning opportunities to add to your resume by the time you graduate. This is one of the major reason why our students graduate with 100% job placementThis will be an experience you will never forget!


Learn the Ins and Outs of the Marine Industry

Why does Webb Institute require all students to perform internships?

We want you to go out into the marine industry to apply what you have learned in the classroom.  We want you interact, from a number of perspectives, with the ships, equipment, processes, and people of the industry to give you an insight in to how designs are developed and how what you will design will ultimately be constructed and operated.

When does my internship take place?

You will take a break from the classroom during the months of January and February. Perhaps spend the cold New York winter months in a shipyard in San Diego, a yacht design office in Florida, or aboard a ship on its way to Hawaii. If you really love the cold weather, enjoy your internship on an ice-breaker heading to Antarctica or a ship operations firm in Denmark.

Where will my internship be located?

Design Your Own Internship at Home or Abroad. You decide! You can work in offices of companies that design ships, work with the Navy testing ship models in the world’s most advance model basins, or work at a major cruise ship company. You are not just limited to the United States, you can work all over the world.

Freshman Year

During Freshman year students work alongside ship fitters and welders in shipyards. 

Companies Freshman Worked For:

Freshman Job Duties:

  • Welding
  • Sanding
  • Painting
  • Grinding
  • Shipfitting
  • Pipefitting
  • Component and System Testing

Sophomore Year

Sophomores serve as student observers aboard ocean going ships to gain hand-on understanding and appreciation for the relationships between the marine environment, the shipping industry, the ship’s operators, and the ship’s design. 

Types of Ships:

  • Container ships
  • Roll-on/Roll-off
  • Tankers
  • Military supply ships
  • General Cargo ships

Sophomore Job Duties:

  • Work in the engine room maintaining and repairing machinery
  • Serve watch on the bridge
  • Participate in cargo handling exercises
  • Support underway replenishment activities
  • Assist shipboard helicopter landings

Junior and Senior Year

Juniors and seniors network and apply themselves in design and engineering offices around the world.

One student worked with the company that salvaged the Costa Concordia, a cruise ship that had grounded, flooded, and rolled over on to its side off the coast of Italy.  He can proudly state that he was the last person on the ship before it was completely raised. You cannot compare this type of real world experience.

Student, Dylan standing in front of half-raised ship, Costa Concordia

Read Student First-Hand Experiences

Tam-ing of the Sea

Aaron Tam ’17 & Chris Herrell ’17
Tam-ing of the Sea

A breathtaking adventure of the young soon-to-be naval architects or marine engineers, Aaron and Chris sail across the great seas. A grand journey where they will encounter the mysteries of naval architecture, marine engineering, and the world as they travel aboard the Stolt SapphireView Blog.

Our Pacific Adventure

Barr Turner ’17 & Hannah Wistort ’17
Our Pacific Adventure

This winter, Barr and Hannah will be living and working aboard the Matson Manoa, an 860-foot containership, traveling between the ports of Oakland, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Seattle, Washington. View Blog.

Winter in Dubai

Nolan Conway ’15 & Evan Wingfield ’15
Winter In Dubai

Nolan and Evan will both be working for InterMarine. This company, with offices in Houston, Texas and across the Middle East, owns and operates several offshore supply vessels. They will assist in the operations, marine engineering, and naval architecture required to keep the fleet of boats running. View Blog.

Katri & Ian Go to Vigor

Katri Heitman ’18 & Ian McReal ’18
Katri & Ian Go to Vigor

Katri and Ian are spending thier first winter work term at Vigor Fab in Portland, Oregon. Their short time in Portland is already shaping up to be different than they expected! View Blog.

The Odyssey

Ian Lawson ’17 & Nicholas Ratinaud ’17
The Odyssey 

Ian and Nicholas will be enjoying winter work aboard the Liquified Natural Gas Carrier MaranGas Apollonia for their eight-week sophomore sea term. View Blog.