program overview

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle has partnered with our friends at the Port of Seattle, Sound Experience, Seattle Skills Center, and Compass Courses to introduce the Youth Maritime Career Launch Program (YMCLP)! The Youth Maritime Career Launch Internship Program is a 3-month PAID internship that connects youth and young adults ages 18-24 to permanent employment opportunities with employers in the Maritime Industry. Our goal is to establish an employment pipeline to diversify the maritime workforce and get young adults into entry level jobs in the industry!

“The Youth Maritime Career Launch program has shifted my life path because I never thought I’d be on a boat working.. Now this is what I want to do. To hopefully one day become a marine engineer.. This is definitely a huge opportunity to be financially secure. It’s not your average job. So, if you’re not into working a 9 to 5 or an office job and you’re more of a hands on worker — then I feel like this will fit you and you should at least try it out!”

Martrez D.


Youth Maritime Career Launch Program (YMCLP) Overview


A video overview of the Youth Maritime Career Launch program!


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Are you ready to begin your internship?!

Through hands-on experiential learning and 1:1 networking opportunities, participants in the program gain industry-level training and employment via a 3-month paid internship.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Rolling! Students may apply at any time.

Apply now for the next cohort!

“You don’t need a college degree to get into the Maritime industry. There are a lot of opportunities, job openings, and room to advance in this line of work. This [program] could secure a career that will support yourself and support your family.”

Grace D.


Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Why should you apply for the Youth Maritime Career Launch program?


If you’re still on the fence about applying for the Youth Maritime Career Launch Program, this video is for you! Take a look at these experiences from former program participants who have successfully enrolled in and completed the internship!

Martrez Darden's Story


Check out this video highlight of former Youth Maritime Career Launch Program participant, Martrez Darden, who shares his story about why he decided to join and how the program has impacted his future.


Program Enrollment Information


Enrollment for the Youth Maritime Career Launch Program is rolling, meaning students can apply at any time! Click the tabs below to find answers to the most frequently asked program questions, information about participant eligibility, and more!

There will be two cohorts for YMCLP in 2024. The first cohort will be in the Summer between the months of July-September. The second cohort will occur in the fall between the months of October-December.

All program participants must be:

  • between the ages of 18-24 years old at the start of the cohort.
  • Able to work in the US legally
  • Able to pass a drug test
  • Have full COVID-19 vaccination

Participants in this program will be trained in job readiness skills, certified in basic safety procedures, entry level maritime skills, etc. before going into their internships.

Participants in this program will also be supported in wrap around services including transportation assistance, work related clothing, access to safety gear/equipment, and more.

Participants will be paid an hourly stipend of up to $18 per hour and work a maximum of 35 hours per week during the 3-month internship period.

Stipends will be paid bi-weekly.

Each participant will be required to complete a 5-day STCW Basic Safety Training course (BST) before the start of their internship. This is a Coast Guard approved and International Maritime Organization standard training.

The course is divided in (4) modules that will provide classroom instruction and hands-on experience with the necessary safety equipment for each module’s area of focus. 

The (4) BST course modules are as follows:

Basic Firefighting (2 days): Covers the fundamentals of fire, how fire starts, how to extinguish shipboard fires and minimize the risk of fire in a safe controlled environment.  

Personal Survival Techniques (1 day): Learn, practice, and demonstrate skills needed for successfully using lifejackets, life rafts, and immersion (survival) suits. 

First Aid & CPR (1 day): Covers basic first aid and CPR (using an AED) while emphasizing techniques and methods used while at sea. 

Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR) (1 day): Provides real-word perspective of working on vessels that are crucial to a safe and healthy workplace. Topics covered includes emergency procedures, how to understand orders and be understood in relation to shipboard duties, preventing marine pollution, and observing safe working practices.

At the end of the course, participants will receive certificates of completion for each module that will help them qualify for Maritime jobs.

*** BST course expense will be covered by the YMCLP upon successful program enrollment ($1350 value). ***

In addition to the Basic Safety Training course, each participant will also receive a week-long introduction to entry level skills that will help prepare them for maritime careers. This will include:

  • Sailing
  • Navigation
  • Emergency Response
  • Basic deck skills
  • Tides and currents
  • Ship terminology and systems
  • Hands-on experience of what it’s like to function as a crew

Learning these skills will require an open mind, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to work as a team!

Students participating in the Youth Maritime Career Launch program must adhere to the following Student Code of Conduct:

  • No inappropriate and/or abusive language or conduct
  • Respect personal property
  • While in class do not use cell phones or other personal electronics
  • Respect the instructor, the classroom & other students
  • Follow directions (of instructors, volunteers, guests and other adults)
  • Respect the resources (laptops, notebooks, etc.)
  • Information that is illegal or that advocates illegal acts or facilitates unlawful activity is prohibited
  • No threatening or intimidating any person or suggested violence, hatred or discrimination toward other people
  • No inappropriate religious or political messages
  • No racially, culturally or religiously offensive
  • Do not encourage the use of controlled substances, participation in an illegal act or uses the system to incite criminal actions
  • No defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, pornographic or sexually content

If you have any questions about the Youth Maritime Career Launch program or potential program sponsorship, please contact Grace Dollente via

“The Youth Maritime Career Launch program is an exciting opportunity to get the skills you need to enter a career in the Maritime industry.. Maritime industry careers include everything from work on the water to work that’s on land [including] in marine construction or ship building or even maritime law.”

Tiffany S.


Maritime & Green Jobs Workforce Development


What kind of jobs could you get in the Maritime industry?


There are a TON of jobs you could get in the Maritime industry! From boat mechanic to maritime lawyer, there are a variety of careers you can choose from once you break into the Maritime industry — many of which do not require a college degree. Click the tabs below to check out some interesting Maritime industry jobs and how much they pay!

This is the ultimate job any person interested in marine careers would like to have. Being a captain of a cruise ship is a matter of great pride. This is one rewarding job which involves great responsibility as well.

The salary can range from $48,000 up to $200,000. However, on average, cruise ship captains earn around $96,000 per year.

Since the role of the tugboat is to ensure the safe passage of ships bulky and huge in nature, the tugboats have to be maintained in prime condition at all times.

 The role of the engineer in a tugboat is to make sure that the engines are functioning properly. In addition to the engines, the tugboat engineer is required to make sure that all other equipments and gadgets in the tugboat are in perfect condition and will not cause any failure to the operation when brought into use. 

In the state of Washington, Tugboat Engineers can make an average of $130,000 per year.

Welders are one of the most important part of skilled workforce in a shipyard. Welders are the ones responsible for welding all the metal structures that make up the ship, which includes the ship’s hull plates, frames, girders, tanks, foundations, pipes, etc. Most shipyards have welding training schools within their premises. 

In the state of Washington, shipyard welders can earn an average of $30 per hour or about $62,000 per year

Electricians are responsible for installation of all the electric cables on board the ship, based on the cable routing plans. They also install all the electrical and electronic equipment, navigational equipment in the bridge and radar, lighting, control panels, main electrical control room panels, etc.

In the state of Washington, marine electricians make an average median salary of $96,000 per year and can earn up to $120,000 per year (top 20%).

There are a number of mates on board a ship, the highest of these being the Chief Mate, also known as the Chief Officer, or First Mate. As a Chief Mate you must report directly to the ship’s captain with regards to the navigation of the vessel, and your main task is to ensure the stability of the vessel, whilst also being responsible for the deck crew.

Your maritime jobs duties include overseeing any cleaning, repairs, and maintenance to the vessel, as well as assisting the captain in the evaluation and training of any new crew members when needed. This will be specifically in areas of firefighting, safety, as well as search and rescue.

In the state of Washington state can earn an average salary $123,000 per year, while experienced chief mates in the industry (top 20%) can make up to $171,000 per year

The Able Seaman, otherwise known as the AB deckhand, is usually at the helm of the vessel or watching from another vantage point for any obstructions in the way which must be reported immediately to the captain or first mate. You are also responsible for performing continued maintenance services on the ship’s exterior and interior as the watch stander.

You will serve in various other positions, such as a day worker where general operating and maintaining the deck machinery is needed, as well as anchoring and mooring the vessel, loading and unloading equipment and supplies, and storing the supplies and equipment. The AB deckhands are usually responsible for the launching and operating of the lifeboats and various other safety equipments.

In Washington state, Able Seamen can earn anywhere from $50,000 to $78,000 per year.

A ferry pilot transports aircraft from one location to another. Your duties usually focus on the transport of new or used aircraft from a manufacturer or seller to a buyer. Ferry flying can involve different types of airplanes, but when you pilot a ferry flight, the plane does not have passengers or cargo.

You can also transport an aircraft to a specific location for maintenance or perform a return flight for an aircraft that provided one-way service to private clients. Some ferry pilots work with commercial airlines. Your responsibilities in this scenario involve moving aircraft to different airports where the airline needs them.

An average salary range for a Ferry Pilot can be anywhere between $100,000 to $155,000 per year.


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