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Call for Summer Interns!

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 2, 2016


TALL SHIPS AMERICA is seeking a summer intern who is interested in working in a unique nonprofit environment. Interns support the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team in various components of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Series, which is an annual series of tall ships races and maritime port festivals that celebrate our rich maritime heritage and traditions and which inform the general public about the transformative power of ‘Adventure and Education Under Sail®.’ Interns join the race team in working with the vessels, crews, trainees, port organizers, US Coast Guard, and others to execute a successful series of races and port festivals for traditional sailing ships.

Our summer intern will join TALL SHIPS AMERICA in Toronto on June 30th and will depart from Duluth on August 22nd. As a member of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race Team, we expect that the intern will support festival operations and dockside vessels in Toronto, ON (July 1-3); Fairport Harbor, OH (July 8-10); Bay City, MI (July 15-17); Chicago, IL (July 27-31); Green Bay, WI (August 5-7) and Duluth, MN (August 18-21). There is an option to stay on board through our stops in Erie, PA (September 8-11) and Brockville, ON (September 17-18) if the applicants’ availability allows.  

The internship position may include but is not limited to:

  • create content for and maintain online social networks (blogging, videos, photos)
  • liaise between Tall Ships America, the ports and the ships
  • attend daily meetings with the race team, ship liaisons, or event security/USCG
  • oversee the execution of US Sailing’s REACH Scavenger Hunt and our crew games
  • distribute to and collect forms, directories, and information from the vessels

Our summer intern will be expected to sail as a trainee or volunteer crewmember on a tall ship between ports. These cruises will include five Tall Ships® Races and may include additional port stops. While enrolled in a vessel as a trainee or volunteer crewmember, you will be under that vessel’s care and supervision. Some paperwork may need to be completed and signed before joining the vessel.

Successful candidates will be organized thinkers, motivated workers, enthusiastic learners, confident communicators and mature young adults. Sailing or sail training experience is very helpful but not required. Aspiring photographers and writers are welcome.

TALL SHIPS AMERICA offers the following incentives:

  • Food allowance when traveling in support of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2016 Race Series
  • Accommodations aboard a tall ship (or a shared hotel room if a ship berth is unavailable)
  • Experience of sail training and working with tall ships, officials, and the public
  • Stipend of $750 for the full program

NOTE:  Interns are responsible for their own transportation to Toronto and home from Duluth or the intern’s last port.

If you are interested in being an intern, please apply via email to Micah Wisen:  micah@tallshipsamerica.org.   Please include a cover letter, resume and references. Additionally, please submit a brief writing sample that focuses on what value you would bring to TALL SHIPS AMERICA and what you would like to gain from the internship experience.

For consideration, applications must be received by April 22, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Final decision will be announced on April 25th. For more information about TALL SHIPS AMERICA and the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE ® Race Series, visit our website at www.TALLSHIPSAMERICA.ORG or go to http://www.tallshipschallenge.wordpress.com

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