Career Resources


IYRS Student Externship & Career Path Examples

Industry Job Boards and Websites

The following websites and job boards list job openings frequently:

State/Regional Trade Organizations

Almost all states and regions have marine trades associations and many have member directories that are accessible to the public. A selection of state trade associations is below but you can search on-line for other state associations.

View a more complete listing of state marine trade associations

Recommended Magazines, Websites, Blogs and E-newsletters

Boatbuilding students reading woodenboat magazineConsumer & trade magazines and websites contain articles, information and advertisements for a wide range of companies, products and services. A number have employment listings. Most are available in both print and online, and several have daily e-newsletters. Internationally, each country has its own trade and consumer publications and websites.

  • Professional Boatbuilder
  • Dockwalk
  • WoodenBoat
  • Soundings
  • Sounding Trade Only
  • Composites World
  • Sail
  • Sailing
  • Cruising World
  • Scuttlebutt
  • Scuttlebutt Europe
  • European Boatbuilder
  • International Boat Industry
  • Yachting Magazine
  • Classic Yachting
  • Reinforced Plastics
  • 3D Printing Industry
  • MAKE Magazine
  • Manufacturing Engineering

National Trade Organizations

The following are some of the bigger marine trade associations. Some represent a particular aspect of the industry (e.g., composites); others have broader-based memberships. 

  • American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA)
  • American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)
  • American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)
  • National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA)
  • National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)
  • Sail America
  • Boat US

Trade and Boat Shows

Trade & boat shows are an excellent way to network and identify opportunities. IYRS often has a presence at the following:

International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX)
Newport International Boat Show
WoodenBoat Show (Mystic, CT)
U.S. Sailboat Show
Maine Boatbuilders Show
RI Boat Show
Providence Boat Show

> View an annual boat show calendar for boat shows in the US.

> View calendar for boat shows around the world.

LinkedIn (Job Board & Opportunities)

> Access our private LinkedIn job opportunities exclusively for IYRS alumni

LinkedIn offers a great opportunity to connect with the IYRS community, and all alumni are encouraged to join our private group for students past and present, where we keep you up to date on any job opportunities we become aware of.

Holly Ashton, Director of Experiential Education & Career Services
401-848-5777, ext. 216