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Cooperative Education

We bring prepared students and interested employers together.

The cooperative education work experience is powerful and dynamic, providing both technical and social learning opportunities. The purpose of the co-op is to facilitate practical, hands-on experience in a student’s field of study.  Along with this work experience comes exposure to:

  • Current practices in your area of study
  • Management organizations and structures
  • Diverse equipment, machinery, people, and geographical locations
  • The social atmosphere and its surrounding community

Cooperative education courses at Maine Maritime Academy are an integral part of our students' education and a graduation requirement for most majors.

Program Highlights:

  • Some sponsor companies are large, national and multinational companies. The primary motivations of these companies in sponsoring co-ops, is to train and evaluate students in order to develop them as prospective future employees
  • Co-op courses earn academic credits toward graduation
  • Experience may be an avenue for employment opportunities with sponsor companies
  • Typically completed during summers between academic years (students may opt to do year-long co-op with pre-approval)

Program Specifics:

  • All students who are preparing for the USCG unlimited license programs are required to participate in MMA’s original Cooperative Education program called Cadet Shipping
  • Students in the USCG unlimited license programs may do a co-op following completion of the training cruise
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