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Marine Exchange of Alaska & U.S. Coast Guard Academy Internship Program

At the Alaska Chadux Network warehouse, the cadets got to try their hand at a small-scale oil spill response with an electric skimmer.

This summer, the Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK) hosted two U.S Coast Guard Academy first-class cadets for a 6-week internship. During their internship, 1/c Jane Alandydy and 1/c Taylor Winters visited the Alaska Chadux̂ Network to learn about oil spill response and the challenges in responding to incidents in the U.S. Arctic marine environment. 

Through the USCG Center for Arctic Study & Policy (CASP), the focus of their internship was to gain Arctic exposure and to see firsthand the relationships that keep the region running. From the moment they arrived in mid-June, the cadets hit the ground running; they traveled over 7,000 miles across Alaska, visited three arctic communities, trained at our 24/7 Vessel Monitoring Center operated by MXAK, and met with maritime industry experts throughout the state.