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Title:  2023 Summer Internship - Geotechnical & Water Resources Civil Engineering - Remote

Requisition ID:  113585

Phoenix, AZ, US, 85040

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.

  • A foreign national working in a full-time status on an F-1 visa may be considered for H-1B visa sponsorship based on business needs, meeting company performance and safety expectations and with site approval.
  • A foreign national working in a full-time status may be considered for employment-based permanent residency sponsorship, based on business needs, completion of six (6) months of employment, meeting company performance and safety expectations and with site approval.


Please note: At the sole discretion of the company, this position has the possibility to work remotely up to 100% of the time from anywhere within the United States, except California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma as well as other states based on business factors. This position may require occasional travel to the Phoenix corporate offices and/or site locations throughout the United States. To that end, please be aware that under Freeport-McMoRan’s current COVID-19 protocol, employees who are entering a corporate office location or traveling by air for business must be fully vaccinated and submit proof that they are fully vaccinated prior to entry or travel approval unless the company has granted a medical or religious accommodation.


Under close supervision, the Geotechnical (Civil) Engineer Intern applies the sciences of soil mechanics, hydrology, hydrogeology, hydraulics, slope stability analysis, and related disciplines to assist with completing technical functions and/or projects related to safe and efficient tailings storage facilities (TSFs), agglomerated heap leach pads (HLPs), and/or water dams.
  • Assist with TSF, HLP and/or water dam related maintenance or planning projects
  • Monitor geotechnical instruments to collect and analyze associated data
  • Support field investigation program drilling, Cone Penetrometer Testing (CPT), etc.
  • Generate cross section with pore pressures or other relevant data
  • Perform field inspections of slopes and operating conditions
  • Create and maintain reports
  • Support field data collection and verification for water management
  • Support water balance modeling tasks
  • Perform other duties as required


Minimum Qualifications

  • Full-time student currently enrolled at an accredited four-year university majoring in an appropriate Civil Engineering discipline or related Engineering field; OR
  • Recent college graduate having graduated within 12 months prior to internship start date with a degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering field
  • Proficient in the use of AutoCAD and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Strong data analysis and problem solving skills
  • Highly accurate and detail oriented
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate strong initiative, organizational skills and ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to demonstrate company's core values of safety, honesty, fairness, respect, trust, and integrity


  • Master's degree student in Geotechnical Engineering or Civil Engineering (with emphasis on Water Resources or Environmental or Geotechnical sub-disciplines)
  • Registered Engineering Intern (EI) or Engineer-in-Training (EIT); passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam
  • Knowledge of geotechnical instrumentation installation, operation and monitoring systems and associated data
  • Knowledge of geotechnical cross sections and stratigraphy development (AutoCAD or MineSight)
  • Knowledge of geotechnical site investigations including drilling and Cone Penetrometer Testing (CPT)
  • Knowledge of soil characterization, interpretation of geotechnical lab tests, and geotechnical engineering analysis
  • Knowledge of Water Resources Engineering (Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Hydraulics, Sediment Transport)
  • Knowledge of hydro modeling tools such as HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, MIKE-11
  • Knowledge of GoldSim software fro application in water balance
  • Ability to use ArcGIS tools for data visualization and analysis


  • 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

Job Segment: Geotechnical Engineering, Civil Engineer, Testing, Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Engineering, Technology, Science

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