Internships Yield Results

female cadet in whites with water behind her

Diana Kurek is currently an International Maritime Business (IMBU) senior cadet at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. During her time as a student at MMA she has spent two semesters at sea; one as a freshman, and one as the Business Operations Cadet Officer teaching the new freshman class about the IMBU major and career opportunities in this field. Diana also participated in two internships; one with the Panama Canal Authority and the other with Charles R. Weber Company. This story is based on her second internship, which led to her dream job offer!

1/C Diana Kurek:
Last year, as a junior cadet, I was invited by Dr. Bani Ghosh, IMBU Department Chair to attend the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Conference in Stamford, CT. At the Conference, I learned about many diverse maritime companies and interacted with maritime professionals to learn about the industry.     

After attending the Conference, Dr. Ghosh asked to me to write a small article reflecting on my experience at the Conference, which she later forwarded to Mr. Joe Gross, the Director of CMA Education Foundation. My article was published in the CMA Newsletter in March 2013. I stayed in contact with Mr. Gross and communicated with him throughout the spring semester of my junior year. He worked closely with me to help me find an internship for the upcoming summer. It was through Mr. Gross that I received my internship with Charles R. Weber. 

I spent a month in the summer of 2013 at Charles R. Weber immersed in the ship chartering and brokerage atmosphere. After spending one month, I knew that chartering and brokerage is exactly what I want to pursue for my career. Everyone at Weber was very responsive and helpful and always willing to teach me. I learned about the operations department and worked with the project brokers during my summer internship. 

I returned to Charles R. Weber for a week in February 2014, and spent my week at the chartering desk learning more in depth of the necessary steps one must follow as a charterer to fix a deal. At the end of the week, Mr. James Ford, Managing Director at Charles Weber, offered me a job upon graduation! 
I migrated to the US from Belarus when I was ten years old. It was a path less travelled. When I joined MMA, it was a path less travelled compared to regular undergraduate schools…When I joined the International Maritime Business program, it was a path less travelled in a license track dominated school…. However, I could not be happier as it eventually led to my dream destination.