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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc

Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2021 • Morenci, AZ

What I liked

People at the company were more than willing to help and safety felt like their number q priority.

What I wish was different

Morenci is fairly remote and the first weeks were a little overwhelming.

Advice

Don't feel bad that you don't know everything.
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Geotechnical and Water Resources Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Silver City, NM

What I liked

Fast pace, great pay, and ability to absorb new information all summer long.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had been able to work more. Longer hours and more days would have been great.

Advice

Be willing to talk to people. I met more people at Freeport that were willing to teach me than I ever have. All I had to do was ask them questions. Interns are annoying for many employees so keep in mind that not everyone will assume you are smart and deserving of respect. Respect is earned, it is not a right.
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Process Automation Engineering Intern

April - September 2019 • Empire, CO

What I liked

The internship enabled me to take on appropriate projects that gave me very valuable experience.

What I wish was different

I wish that I would have asked for more projects sooner. Once they knew I was ready for more, they gave it to me.

Advice

Try to become well acquainted with the electricians, they will help break down what is really happening in the field.
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Metallurgical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Bagdad, AZ

What I liked

Very focused on making internships value-adding experiences for both the intern and the company. Emphasis on safety. Well-developed intern program with good balance between structure and independence in daily work. Concerned and knowledgeable mentors and supervisor.

What I wish was different

That I could have been more integrated and contributing to the regular work performed by the other metallurgists and the problems they were trying to solve, instead of being given a separate problem.

Advice

Build a good relationship with your mentor. Freeport-McMoRan cares about helping you become the professional who want to be, no matter which field. You can learn a lot technically and professionally through the professional relationships you build with your mentor and others you work with there.
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Geographic Information Systems Analyst

May - August 2018 • Phoenix, AZ

What I liked

The opportunity to create spatial products for company usage was fulfilling. Being able to contribute to the company mission and be treated as an employee was very important to me.

What I wish was different

The general vibe of the company and department was fast, unfriendly, and unorganized. There was a lot of direction given from several different managers that were contradicting.

Advice

Go in and work slowly and professionally. Take initiative, do not ask too many questions.
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Geomechanical Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Tucson, AZ

What I liked

The engineers that I worked with were not only very knowledgeable, but they also had plenty of leadership experience to pass on and encourage in interns. The actual employees were great and very good resources to connect and network with.

What I wish was different

Also, I worked for their corporate office, so it was a long drive to any of the mines, BUT, I did have the option and the freedom to visit pretty much every mine for corporate processes. And working for the corporate office also has the advantage of being able to see pretty much any part of the mining company, such as when I was able to shadow employees in drilling and blasting all the way to senior Geomechanical analyses.

Advice

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Mine Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Bagdad, AZ

What I liked

I like that Freeport provided housing in an area were housing was virtually nonexistent. I had the opportunity to live with 4 other guys in company provided housing. I was able to build lasting friendships and experience new cultures. Freeport provided me with the opportunity to experience the actual day to day duties of a drill and blast engineer. Freeport has an excellent college recruiting team. After my internship they got back to me within the month with a return offer.

What I wish was different

Not much. I enjoyed my internship and the experience afforded me thoroughly.

Advice

Learn everyone's roles and never turn down an opportunity to learn another's job. Look for new experiences and most importantly always look at the bright side.
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Global Supply Chain Intern

May - August 2017 • Morenci, AZ

What I liked

Learning. This opportunity allowed me to finally get some professional experience in a great company. I learned what supply chain was like, living in a small city, making amazing friends with other interns, playing soccer and ultimate frisbee, attending tours, dinners, corporate offices and even an intern conference. I developed an interest and respect for mining and internalized some of their core values, like safety. The competitive wage was the icing on the cake.

What I wish was different

I wish that I would have been more prepared to get outside my comfort zone. I didn't know that being proactive was encouraged because I was so used to always following instructions in school. This would have opened more opportunities for me.

Advice

Do your best to be prepared for your internship and dont expect to be perfect, you are only human.
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Environmental Engineer

May 2017 • Green Valley, AZ

What I liked

I enjoyed getting experience working for a large company on projects that really mattered.

What I wish was different

I personally would have liked to be working more directly in my field, but that does not reflect anything on the job itself.

Advice

I would recommend getting to know your coworkers, it will help you learn more during a short experience.
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Environmental Engineering Intern

May - August 2017 • Morenci, AZ

What I liked

This internship gave me so much hands on engineering experience and important exposure to Industry. I was located at Freeport McMoRan’s largest copper mine in North America and I got to be a partner of making sure it was running up to code with many Environmental Regulations. I had a great mentor who helped teach me so many things and I was given a project that got me out in the field and actually made an important impact for the company.

What I wish was different

The location is a little remote, the town is owned by the company and there isn’t much out there but the mine. However the are other locations within the company near more populated cities.

Advice

I would recommend that you hit the ground running with your project, ask your mentor and others lots of questions so you can make as much progress on it as you can so you are prepared to I put present in front of your superiors.
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Metallurgical Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Sahuarita, AZ

What I liked

I enjoyed the personnel at my site. Everyone was willing to explain every single one of my questions and were willing to let me help them in their daily tasks. I learned a lot from everyone and was always kept busy.

What I wish was different

I wish that my projects had more hands on characteristics. A lot of other interns had more hands on projects.

Advice

Never stop looking to help someone. It is easy to be recognized for what you are doing as long as you vocalize the tasks you have completed to your boss. People like driven workers, especially at Freeport.
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