Winter Work Term

Winter Work Term - Antarctica

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 an understanding and appreciation for the relationships between the marine environment, the shipping industry, the ship’s operators, and the ship’s design. 

Companies Sophomores Worked For:

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.

Read Student First-Hand Experiences

Juliette Lehman and Kevin Becker

Kevin Becker and Juliette Lehman – Class of 2022

NASSCO is STEEL-ing Our Hearts

Juliette and Kevin will attempt to navigate both working at a General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego and cooking edible meals.

Chris Hamilton during Winter Work Term at Webb Institute

Sasha Kritsuk and Chris Hamilton – Class of 2022

Boomin’ in Bama

Follow Chris and Sasha during their winter internship at Metal Shark Boats in Bayou La Batre, AL.

Ioana Mirica during Winter Work Term at Webb Institute

Ioana Mirica – Class of 2021

Sunshine State of Mind

Ioana’s blog details her experiences aboard the Sunshine State as a cadet.

Sarah Stretch from the Class of 2019 at Webb Institute

Sarah Stretch ’19

Sandy Eggos

In her blog, Sarah documents her internship at GD Nassco in San Diego.