Foss Maritime is an avid supporter of programs that provide growth and learning opportunities to students in high school, college and trade schools. We offer a variety of programs to help students gain meaningful work and learning experiences.


Foss offers several paid internship programs that provide students with challenging and exciting opportunities while gaining real work experience within a maritime company. Our goal is to prepare interns to move into regular part and full-time roles, and many have gone on to be offered positions with Foss.

Internships start mid-June and end no later than mid-September, with possible flexible start and end dates. Maximum number of hours per week is thirty.

Fields of Study and/or Interest
Available openings will be dependent on the needs of each department and could vary from year to year.

2017 openings are posted in the spring.

Departments include:

  • Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Legal
  • Safety
  • Operations
  • Engineering/Naval Architect
  • Sales/Commercial/Marketing
Geographical Locations
Interns are assigned based on field of study and/or interest and organizational needs. Various project opportunities may be available in the following areas:

  • Seattle, WA (various locations)
  • Portland, OR
  • Richmond, CA
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Anchorage, AK
Enrollment Criteria and Eligibility
There are restricted number of interns allowed for specific periods of time taking into account considerations of space, mentorship availability, and equipment. A candidate will be eligible if the individual is enrolled within an accredited institution or up to 12 months past their graduation date.

To qualify, students should possess the following:

  • Strong work ethic
  • Able to work independently
  • High degree of professionalism.
  • Ability to commit to the entire assignment with no time off, unless by prior approval.
  • Excellent attention to detail, accuracy and timely follow up skills.
  • Flexibility and eagerness to learn.
  • Strong computer skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Eligible to work in the US
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater.


A cadet is a student who is associated with a maritime program through an accredited college or a technical or vocational trade school. The program must include experimental learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development working on a vessel.

The cadet program gives students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience, earn seatime and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths, and gives Foss the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Cadet assignments in this category are generally of a limited duration, not to exceed 90 days.

How to Apply
Available intern/cadetships will be posted on this site. Students must apply online through our applicant tracking system and provide the following attachments:

  1. 1. Cover letter with their specific learning objectives
  2. 2. Transcript – including coursework and cumulative GPA (can be unofficial)
  3. 3. Resume
  4. 4. Letter of recommendation.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Foss practices equal employment opportunity in all job openings. All qualified applicants will receive a consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, language, age, sexual orientation, political ideology, gender expression or identity, marital status, pregnancy, military status, otherwise qualified disabled or honorably discharged veteran status, the presence or perception of a sensory, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law, except where such characteristics are a bona fide occupational qualification, as defined under applicable laws. Persons with disabilities and disabled veterans are invited to identify themselves and to suggest reasonable accommodations that the company may make to aid in achieving success on the job. Foss does not discriminate on the basis of national origin or citizenship status as provided under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.


Job Shadow is an educational experience that introduces non-paid observers to a particular job or career by pairing them as an unpaid observer with a Foss employee who is a subject matter expert (SME). The job shadow experience is designed to be a limited observation only experience, lasting one to fivedays and is intended to be solely for the benefit of the observer. The goal is to help individuals learn about careers at Foss and the maritime industry.

The observer will follow or “shadow” the SME as he/she performs normal work activities. The observer may observe, ask questions, and gain first-hand knowledge of the career and workplace environment. The SME is considered to be the observer’s supervisor. The job shadow experience does not fulfill any hands-on experience; therefore, the observer will not engage in any activity during their experience.

To apply, download and complete the application for the shadow program.