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Location: London, England, GB

Category: Stakeholder Engagement

Intern – External Affairs

based in London, UK

2024 Internship

  • Get real work experience at one of the largest mining and metal companies in the world
  • Be at the centre of a dynamic function advocating Rio Tinto’s purpose and strategy
  • Work in an environment where we challenge you to drive positive change

Our Internship Program is an opportunity for you to shape Rio Tinto from the inside out. We want you to be part of our team to help take us forward by solving the emerging challenges of our time. At Rio Tinto, we believe the best ideas come from bringing people together with different perspectives to work toward a common goal – to create a better tomorrow.

About the role

We are offering a 6 or 8-month internship based out of our headquarter office in London, UK. The External Affairs (EA) team has accountability for engaging external stakeholders to positively shape Rio Tinto’s policy and regulatory environment, enhance our competitive position and build trusted partnerships in our priority markets around the world.

With teams and country offices globally, the EA function has responsibility for delivering commercially focused advocacy with stakeholders including governments, regulators, think tanks, civil society and industry associations.

EA seeks to embody our company values of Care, Courage and Curiosity. These values underpin the way we manage the economic, social and environmental effects of our operations, and how we govern our business.

Reporting to the Principal Advisor, External Affairs UK & Middle East and working in a collaborative community within the External Affairs team, you will

  • Provide support to the EA team for the UK & Middle East region including, providing geopolitical and policy analysis.
  • Monitoring engagement logistics involving the external affairs team and key stakeholder mapping and engagement. Preparation and planning for senior executive attendance at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.
  • Political, policy and stakeholder research in advance and following the UK General Election. Political parties and Parliamentary monitoring on key issues relevant to Rio Tinto, including climate change, critical minerals and international relations.

What you’ll bring

  • A commitment to safety of yourself and your team
  • Minimum two years completed in a bachelor or master’s degree in an associated subject including economics, international affairs, business or political science
  • Good political instincts and interest in world affairs
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in a team
  • Strong analytical and policy development skills
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently

What’s on offer

  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A competitive salary
  • A relocation stipend and assistance for eligible candidates
  • Ambitious, exciting, and rewarding experience
  • Opportunity to build relationships with the Rio Tinto team and community
  • A great chance to prepare yourself for longer term opportunities at Rio Tinto

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and materials company. We operate in 35 countries where we produce iron ore, copper, aluminum, critical minerals and other materials needed for the global energy transition and for people, communities, and nations to thrive.

We have been mining for 150 years and operate with knowledge built up across generations and continents. Our purpose is finding better ways to provide the materials the world needs – striving for innovation and continuous improvement to produce materials with low emissions and to the right environmental, social and governance standards. But we can’t do it on our own, so we’re focused on creating partnerships to solve problems, create win-win and meet opportunities.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from underrepresented groups such as Indigenous people, women, the LGBTI+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.

Next steps…

There’s no better time to lead this change than the leaders of the future and that starts with a graduate or internship role at Rio Tinto. Apply today.

Please note, in order to be considered for this role, you must complete all pre-screening questions.

*Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove job postings as there is enough applicants, therefore, if you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please submit your application as soon as possible.

Finding better ways to provide the materials the world needs.

Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove advertised roles prior to this date. Applications received will be assessed over the following weeks.

Applications will close on June 04, 2024.



About Rio Tinto Group

Rio Tinto Group is a British-Australian multinational company that is the world’s second largest metals and mining corporation (behind BHP). It was founded in 1873 when a group of investors purchased a mine complex on the Rio Tinto, in Huelva, Spain, from the Spanish government. It has grown through a long series of mergers and acquisitions. Although primarily focused on extraction of minerals, it also has significant operations in refining, particularly the refining of bauxite and iron ore.[4] It has joint head offices in London, England and Melbourne, Australia.

Rio Tinto is a dual-listed company traded on both the London Stock Exchange, where it is a component of the FTSE 100 Index, and the Australian Securities Exchange, where it is a component of the S&P/ASX 200 index, American depositary shares of Rio Tinto’s British branch are also traded on the New York Stock Exchange giving it listings on three major stock exchanges. In the 2020 Forbes Global 2000, it was ranked the world’s 114th-largest public company.