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Doe Run interns gain valuable experience in the mining and metals industry

August 11, 2022 - Companies who wish to sustain their future must have qualified workers ready to fill open positions. One way that companies do this is by hiring summer interns from college campuses.

The Doe Run Company, based in St. Louis, Missouri, sees the importance of this process. The company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. They are dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, operating one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers located in Boss, Missouri. They mine from one of the largest lead mining districts, also in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection, and convenience. These people know their business and are ready and willing to impart their knowledge to the next generation.

This summer, the Doe Run Company gave 29 college-level students hands-on experience as interns working alongside the company’s talented and knowledgeable employees. The opportunity to apply concepts learned in a classroom to real-world situations is invaluable as these students move toward their careers in mining, engineering, and geology. This year’s intern class includes students from 15 colleges and universities in 10 states, including 16 students from Missouri schools. The majority of the interns are working in Doe Run’s Exploration Department, where they will help analyze and digitize historical drilling data. Several interns are at the Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division, while others are serving at the Metals Division facility, and one is at the Doe Run corporate office.

“The experience our interns receive outside the classroom is immeasurable. They learn day-to-day operations from some of the best in the mining business, including employees who were interns before they began working full time for Doe Run,” said Jan Lott, vice president – human resources at Doe Run. “We love seeing the growth and interaction between students and our team. It allows for new ideas and innovation in the mining and metals business.”

Mining is a thriving Missouri industry. The mining sector is expected to grow to 671,300 jobs by 2030, a 17% increase compared with 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That makes intern programs like this one very important to the industry and the state. Even if these interns do not end up as Doe Run employees, they will be able to be better employees wherever they serve because of their intern experience provided by Doe Run.