No, you do need to meet STCW requirements for a domestic officer endorsement.
Domestic (National) Endorsements are what you're sailing on in US waters. Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping or STCW (International) Endorsements are what are attached to domestic endorsements for going into international waters. Which means you have to hold the equivalent Domestic Endorsement to obtain an STCW Endorsement.
Below are some common equivalents. This is not an exhaustive list.
Master 100 GRT Inland
NO STCW GOES WITH INLAND
Unlimited Chief Mate OC
Chief Mate 3000 GT or More
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Nate has over 15 years of professional maritime experience and has hawsepiped his way to a 3rd Mate Unlimited Endorsement with full STCW compliance. He is proud veteran of the NOAA Commissioned Corps.