An integral part of a Maine Maritime Academy education is the practical knowledge that students gain by actual work experience. A major component of all MMA programs is learning by doing. Experiential learning, including co-op and internships, varies from major to major and may include:
- At-sea engineering and deck officer experience on training ships and commercial vessels;
- Marine Biology and Marine Science cruises aboard research vessels;
- Vessel Operations and Technology / Small Vessel Operations training aboard the tug Pentagoet, the schooner Bowdoin, and work experience on commercial vessels;
- Power Engineering Technology and Power Engineering Operations training in operating plants that produce steam and generate electrical power;
- International Business and Logistics experience in businesses, companies and logistics providers;
- Design engineering and naval architecture experience for Marine Systems Engineering students.