Panama Co-Op

This competitive non-paid one month long co-op takes place in Panama City, Panama. The Co-op offers a very unique experience in career, cultural and social opportunities such as:


Career Activities (note that these may vary year to year):

  • Tour Local Shipyards & Businesses (Meet with business owners)

  • Board ships on Canal (Safety inspections & audits)

  • View operation of Panama Canal Locks

  • Free Trade Zone

  • Dredging Division; Board of Inspectors

  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

  • Trip to forested Barro Colorado Island


Cultural Activities

  • Heritage Trail

  • Old Panama City Ruins

  • New shopping malls

  • Trips to the city

  • Trips to outskirts


Social Activities

  • Interact with Panamanian Cadets

  • Activities with MMA alumni in the area

  • Live on the International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) campus

  • At UMIP, go to the gym, sporting events, take classes, and participate in school activities!




Who can apply?

The Program is only opened to 1/C and 2/C (3/C if space allows) International Maritime Business and Marine Safety and Environmental Protection cadets.


How many credits will I earn?

Cadets will earn 6 credits after completing the co-op.


How can I prepare to apply?

  • Focus on your grades

  • Leadership roles are considered

  • Participate in volunteer activities

  • Participate in extra-curricular activities, sports, clubs, etc.

  • Practice your Spanish (However, it is not mandatory to know the language.)


How much will this co-op cost?

  • Room and board is covered.

  • Airfair - approximately $800

  • Co-op fee/credit (varies each year)

  • Personal spending


When can I apply?

The program has an early fall deadline each year. Cadets should watch for co-op meetings and program announcements to apply. The application instructions will be given at these.


Who can I contact in case I have any questions?

Please contact the Director of Career Services, Maryanne Richards for any questions.

Phone: 508-830-5039