An innovative and valued component of the TMI Internship Programme is its structured and methodical approach which aims to develop on the skills and knowledge gathered by TMI students during their three years campus based instruction.
Prior to commencing the internship component of their degree programmes, each TMI student is given a Training and Resource Manual. This manual explains how the Internship Programme is structured into clearly identified sections, each of which serve to expose the intern to different facets of seafaring and their roles in learning the tasks and practices involved. Interns thus gain a complete and clear understanding of what the Internship Programme aims to achieve and are therefore able to relate their on board tasks and responsibilities to their overall academic and career goals.
Learning is induced through probing questions and exercises intended to stimulate inquisitiveness, leading to a more thorough understanding of the subject. An intern is expected to devote an average of about 6-8 hours per week towards this type of learning and feedback.
Performance during the Internship Programme counts towards the final grade of a student, and to this end each intern has to provide evidence of his / her learning on board by submitting an Assignments and Project Report to the Faculty at TMI on their return. Each intern also has to address a seminar on the training they have received, to senior TMI faculty. These aspects of the appraisal process build upon TMI's emphasis on "real world" report writing and communications skills and impart a sense of achievement and self confidence in students.