CMA Education Program is intended to provide a vital link between
shore side maritime companies, maritime students, and maritime interns.
To do this, we have leveraged our central position in the Connecticut
maritime industry to develop a program consisting of three main
segments: scholarships, internships, and events.
purpose of the scholarship program is to provide financial support
to students who have excelled in maritime studies while allowing
CMA members to connect with promising young people about to embark
on maritime careers.
vary by school, with awards ranging from $500 - $1,250. Awards are
presented to students nominated by the faculty at their school based
on a variety of criteria, most particularly an interest in and aptitude
for pursuits within or beneficial to the maritime industry. Approximately
$20,000 was awarded 2008 as our program continues to expand.
entails scholarly performance in the classroom and, perhaps more
importantly, the hands-on learning that takes place outside a classroom.
Internships present an excellent opportunity for this kind of learning
while also allowing companies and future job applicants alike a
commitment-free trial period - which the CMA is happy to subsidize.
We believe that the ultimate beneficiary of these activities is
the maritime community as a whole.
CMA provides bonuses of $250 per two week period, up to $1,000 for
8+ weeks of work. To qualify, they must be working for a domestic
maritime company. The company should have at least one CMA member
and the intern should become a CMA member as well. The company supervisor
should qualify the employment as an internship. As the internship
grant is intended to promote internships, it should be an initial
consideration; i.e. the CMA should be contacted before the internship
begins. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of
the CMA Board of Governors. Once an application is submitted and
an internship is completed, 2-4 weeks must be allowed for processing.
Social security numbers are typically required for grant processing;
if an intern does not have a social security number the maximum
award is limited to $600.
CMA seeks to open its events to the next generation of maritime
industry participants and as such provides discounted or even free
admission to events for students where possible.
In 2006, at the behest of maritime companies, the CMA also staged
its first annual job fair in conjunction with Shipping 2006. This
formalized the networking process, allowing interested companies
for a nominal fee to set up booths to attract new employees. Students
and industry professionals alike were free to mill around the booths,
gather information, make contacts, and uncover opportunities. This
is intended to provide the companies that constitute our membership
with more and better access to potential employees while providing
students and industry professionals alike with better access to
The fifth annual Career Fair will be held the evening of Tuesday,
March 23, 2010 at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, CT in conjunction
with Shipping 2010. More details will are available by following
the link. Companies and job-seekers interested in participating
should kindly contact us. Click here for full details Click
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encourage those of you who are in a position to do so to consider
taking on an intern. The commitment is small and the benefits are
great, to both the host company and the intern.