Sy Syms Senior Spends Summer on Baltimore Water Taxi

Jul 28, 2004 — For most students, summer internships mean long hours pecking away at a computer. For Yonatan Goetz, however, it’s a chance to hone his nautical know-how.

A Baltimore native and senior at Sy Syms School of Business, Mr. Goetz is no stranger to the city’s Inner Harbor. This is his fourth summer working for the Water Taxi – but his first as captain.

Mr. Goetz started working on boats as a deck hand at 14. He landed his first job with the Water Taxi in 2001 as a mate – collecting fares, providing tourist information, and docking the boat. This spring, he received his captain’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard.

As captain, he runs the entire operation of the boat – from supervising the mate and ensuring passenger safety, to navigating the boat to its various landings within the harbor.

“Working on the water taxi is definitely a unique and fun summer job and it’s a relaxed environment,” Mr. Goetz said. “But there is a management aspect to this.”

At Sy Syms, Mr. Goetz is a management major and a member of the Max Investment Club. To receive internship credit, he keeps a journal and will write a paper at the end of the summer. His supervisor will also submit an evaluation.

Ira Jaskoll, associate dean of Sy Syms, said Mr. Goetz will gain practical work and management experience at the Baltimore Water Taxi.

“Because he’s supervising another employee and managing an operation, the Baltimore Water Taxi is a great venue for Yonatan to apply what he is learning as a business management major,” he said.

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