The Great Lakes Group


Meet Rebecca Teitelbaum, Engineering Intern



  • Age: 18
  • Hometown: Syracuse, New York
  • Residence: Currently, Cleveland, Ohio; when at school, Glen Cove, New York
  • Hobbies: Reading, martial arts/boxing, baking, sailing, and skiing.
  • Experience in the Maritime Industry: 1 year
  • Passion for Maritime: “I grew up on the water and have done sailing on Lake Ontario. I just fell in love with sailing and the ocean, and finding a discipline that allowed me to incorporate it was incredible.”


Academic Institution: Webb Institute
Degree: Freshman

So far, she has completed one Semester at Webb Institute.  Prior to attending Webb, Rebecca attended Jamesville-Dewitt High School in the suburbs of Syracuse. While, there she participated in the Project Lead the Way program which offered a series of engineering classes including Drawing and Design for Production, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, and Engineering Design and Development.  Most of these provided credits through Rochester Institute of Technology.


Company: Great Lakes Shipyard
Title: Engineering Intern
Tenure: January – March 2019


Rebecca is becoming a very well-rounded engineer and has already established quite a depth of educational and professional experiences.  Some of these include:

  • Production drawing and design
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Engineering Design and Development
  • Vessel construction/maintenance work
    • sanding
    • painting
    • welding
    • etc.

“I decided to pursue Naval Architecture because I knew I wanted to go into an engineering discipline, and I loved sailing! I went on two different five-week voyages, one was a 1,000 nautical mile journey through the Caribbean, and the other was on the Barque Picton Castle in the North Atlantic around Quebec, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia.”


“Each year at Webb, the freshman class is provided with a list of spaces for their Winter Work Term, which is to take place in a shipyard. Great Lakes Shipyard quickly became my top choice for its location and the work that it does. Being from Syracuse, I was really looking for a location that would get snow. Having a proper winter was important to me. I also really liked that GLS does a combination of projects, both repair and new build, for midsize to larger vessels. I knew that it would provide me with a variety of experiences and learning opportunities.”

After this winter, Rebecca return to Webb for a couple more years of school and a variety of other internship opportunities. She is planning to graduate in 2022.