Intern, Maritime (LaPlace, LA)

Thank you for your interest in joining our team! 

Cooper Consolidated is a balanced, asset-based provider of midstream stevedoring, barge, marine, and logistics services. With operations based along the lower Mississippi River between Southwest Pass and Baton Rouge, we provide cargo handling and movements throughout the U.S. inland waterway system. Our expert team ensures your important cargo is safely transported from origin to destination while making the experience as easy and worry-free as possible. 

At Cooper Consolidated, our goal is to be the leader in the cargo handling industry.  The key to this rests squarely with our people, and the backbone of how our people operate is our unique culture. The CC Way - 28 principles of our high-performing culture - describes the values, behaviors, and practices that are the foundation of this culture. It's what makes us a leader in our industry.

This job is primarily responsible for learning, participating in and performing a variety of physical labor, maintenance, general office and project work related to the organization’s day–to-day facility and/or terminal business operations. Responsibilities may include safety initiatives, general office administration, accounting, HR, marketing, customer service, and involvement in some long-range strategic planning. This role will provide hands-on real-world experiences that will enable you to develop your professional working potential and make key contacts for future networking.

In this job, you will:

Actual job duties may or may not be performed by all job incumbents; will vary dependent on location and assigned department.

  • Learn and follow the company’s safety program.
  • Perform various manual labor duties; this may include loading/unloading trucks/barges/rail, cleaning barges, movement of product to storage, loading of trucks using heavy equipment, loading of products to required specifications; operating, running, monitoring, and shutting down dryer; operating a variety of heavy equipment.
  • Perform general clean-up including sweeping, shoveling, washing, painting and other general housekeeping responsibilities.
  • Learn scheduling needs and how schedules affect various daily facility operations.
  • Perform a variety of customer service related tasks.
  • Participate in assigned projects.
  • Attend and participate in various meetings.
  • Assist in preparation of information and research materials.
  • Shadow multiple positions within the organization and train on a variety of tasks.
  • Provide recommendations for facility and equipment repairs and construction projects.
  • Depending on business needs, may rotate through various departments at a facility or facilities.
  • May perform a variety of general office and administrative tasks.
  • May assist with data entry, bookkeeping.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Here’s what you’ll need to be considered:


Required – Currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution pursuing a college degree.


Required – None.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of grain or agricultural industry.
  • Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with the ability to interact with all levels of people within and outside the organization.
  • Basic computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to learn and apply leadership and managerial skills.
  • Ability to learn and apply conflict management skills.

Here’s additional information you need to know:

Physical Demands & Requirements

Medium work.  Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Depending on department supported, must be able to work around deep water.

Balancing.  Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling and walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces.  This factor is important if the amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.

Climbing.  Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.  Body agility is emphasized.  This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.

Confined Spaces.  Ability to work in confined and space restricted areas.

Lifting.  Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position.  This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.

Stooping.  Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.  This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.

Talking.  Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.  Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.

Environmental Conditions

The work environment described here are meant to be representative of those an employee would normally encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.

The physical environment requires the employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions. Frequently required to use personal protective equipment.

Exposure to such conditions such as fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases, and/or poor ventilation that affect the respiratory system, eyes, or skin.

Travel, depending on area supported, up to approximately 25%.

Are you ready to make a meaningful career move & an impact at Cooper Consolidated, LLC? Apply today!

Known in our industry for stability and high ethics, Cooper Consolidated, LLC offers a stellar benefits package including: an outstanding 401(k) retirement plan with company contributions, medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, life, & disability benefits, flexible spending accounts, paid leave (holidays, vacation, sick), wellness programs, recognition programs, community involvement opportunities, and much more!

Cooper Consolidated, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EEO is the Law links in English or Spanish. We are unable to legally hire anyone who is not eligible to work in the United States nor are we able to sponsor visas.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.

All Third Party Agencies, Headhunters, and Recruiters

Cooper Consolidated, LLC and its Subsidiaries only forms contracts with recruiters with whom we have an established relationship and with whom we have in place a signed contract. All contact from third parties must go through our Human Resources Department. Any contact made outside of our Human Resources Department by a third party will cancel any future business relationships between the third party and Cooper Consolidated, LLC and its Subsidiaries.

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