This summer, we welcomed a select group of teens aboard the VIRGINIA V to learn how to operate and maintain this historic vessel. After a busy two months of sailing, we wish these six outstanding interns all the best as they head into the winds of their next adventures.
As the internship came to a close, we reached out to the interns to learn about their experience. Although the interns' maritime skills were undoubtedly strengthened, it was transferable soft skills that rose to the top. One intern reported, “My communication skills improved thanks to this internship, because I had to be in touch with the other crew members while we worked to make sure everything ran safely.” They also cited critical thinking and interpersonal skills, and were appreciative of the crew for welcoming them: “The people I worked with were role models. They took me under their wing and taught me to set higher goals for myself.”