Coast Guard hosts high school student interns

A screenshot from one of the public service announcements produced by Coast Guard interns from Shaker Heights High School. Click on the image to view a compilation of their videos.

It’s not uncommon for college and graduate students to intern at government offices, including those of the U.S. Coast Guard.  Common opportunities exist for law students, or possibly college-level marine science students, working within their repective fields.

Recently, six seniors from Shaker Heights High School, in Shaker heights, Ohio, had the opportunity to take time from their senior-year schedules and spend time working with Coast Guardsmen at Marine Safety Unit Cleveland.

Coordinated by Lt. Graham Lanz, a Shaker Heights alumnus (class of ’97) and member of the Inspections/Investigations Division at MSU Cleveland, Shaker Heights seniors Trent Gamlich, Jack O’Halloran, Leo Katz, Jacob Miller, Isaac Hoffman and Eric Super were able to come and see the wide array of missions performed by Coast Guardsmen in the Cleveland area.

“This is MSU Cleveland’s third year in a row hosting and mentoring seniors from Shaker Heights High School, and we have always been thoroughly impressed with the quality of students coming from that school,” said Lanz.

Trent Gamlich, Jack O'Halloran, Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener, Leo Katz, Jacob Miller, Isaac Hoffman and Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen. Kneeling from left to right are: Eric Super and Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Jorgensen.

These six students spent much of their time working for the Ninth Coast Guard District’s External Affairs Office, during National Safe Boating Week. The goal of National Safe Boating Week, held annually during the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend, is to heighten awareness among recreational boaters of the importance of boating responsibly and wearing a life jacket at all times.

Using their background in video production, the group outlined, storyboarded, shot and edited five public service announcements highlighting safety messages directed to recreational boaters, paddlers and swimmers. Along with showcasing their video production talents, it gave these students an opportunity to further their own knowledge of water safety information, as well as giving the Coast Guard more material to get out to the public.

Click Here to view a compilation of the videos produced by the Shaker Heights High School interns.

”These young men came to us with past filmmaking experience as finalists in the National History Day competition, so this project seemed like a natural fit,” said Lanz. “In addition to making some great public service announcements, I think they also made some great memories. They learned a lot about the Coast Guard and had fun while doing it.”

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