After a day of maritime transportation classes, the students gathered their resumes, took to the hallways, and waited their turns to speak with company representatives to vie for internships. Companies that interviewed students included Higman Marine, Buffalo Marine, Cheryl K Marine, Harley Gulf Marine, Marquette Transportation, Martin Marine, G&H Towing, Harbor Services, J.A.M. Services, and BaySmart.
"It's really cool that companies come here and interview us in our classrooms," said Richard Zienty, who interned last summer with Buffalo Marine and rode from Houston to Lake Charles and everywhere in between. "I'm interviewing for my second internship this summer but I'm also looking to get hired with a company.”
Texas ranks third in the nation, with Houston ranking second, for all domestic maritime industry jobs, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers Study released by the American Maritime Partnership. Having a maritime training program just around the corner allows local maritime companies access to a pool of candidates ready for work in the maritime industry. Companies like Higman Marine, Buffalo Marine, and Cheryl K Marine have hired San Jacinto College interns and employees for the past three summers.