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Title:  2023 Summer Internship - Operational Excellence

Requisition ID:  113906

Morenci, AZ, US, 85540

Category:  Intern

Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. FCX operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, and molybdenum.


Freeport-McMoRan’s internship program has been referred to as one of the top programs in the mining industry. By providing access to top minds and technology in mining today, our structured internship will provide you the skills and experience to help prepare you for a successful career. Our internship program is tailored to full-time students currently enrolled at an accredited four-year university and recent graduates in North America. Internships are temporary full-time paid positions and typically run from May through August.


Under general supervision, the Operational Excellence (OE) Intern participates in and supports corporate and site business optimization initiatives with substantial guidance and oversight. The OE Intern embraces change while acting as a supporter of and encourages & standardizes working with Agile principles, Lean methodologies or other optimization strategies in the organization and fosters the Freeport Edge way of working. Specific duties include:

  • Assist OE Facilitators, Coaches and Leaders to help build and support high performing agile teams with implementing agile values.
  • Assist agile teams and/or OE projects/initiatives with virtual and in-person collaboration tools/techniques, gathering and analyzing information, formulating and testing hypotheses and developing and communicating recommendations.
  • Help to monitor and document the health of agile teams leveraging OE assessments, health checks and by building site or functional team summary presentations demonstrating the teams agile skill development and growth over time.
  • Learn and develop new problem-solving techniques including bottleneck analysis, root cause analysis, Lean management, design thinking concepts, etc.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Full-time student currently enrolled at an accredited four-year university majoring in an appropriate Business discipline or closely related field; OR
  • Recent college graduate having graduated within 12 months prior to internship start date with a degree in Business, Communications, Engineering or closely related field
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Passionate problem solver who demonstrates a willing attitude in most all situations; advocates for the best possible solution
  • Good communicator with emerging ability to communicate complex messages
  • Emerging leadership skills
  • Challenger mindset and passion to challenge status quo to find new solutions and drive out of the box ideas - loves and embraces change especially in new and evolving environments
  • Believes in non-hierarchical culture of collaboration, transparency and trust across the team
  • Passionate about understanding people / teams in various stages of Agile environment
  • Learns new skills quickly
  • Ability to receive and act on developmental feedback quickly


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Masters in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Mining Engineering or related engineering field.



  • Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures given in English
  • Ability to communicate in English with respect to job assignments, job procedures, and applicable safety standards
  • Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment
  • Work is in an office, mine, or manufacturing plant setting, which may include exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, toxic chemicals, explosives, fumes or airborne particles
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, climb stairs and ladders, work on elevated platforms, talk, hear and see
  • Occasionally may be required to lift moderately heavy objects up to thirty (30) pounds during the course of the workday
  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, manufacturing or plant environment, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required
  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/ alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing as per applicable state laws

Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others.  Accordingly, the Company has designated the following positions as safety-sensitive:

  • Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or 
  • Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery, or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on Company business or travel (for this purpose “motor vehicles” includes Company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal motor vehicles used by employees in furtherance of Company business or while on Company travel); or
  • Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee.

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