Brisbane students keen to enter resources sector careers have given up their September school holidays to try their hand in the resources sector.

The 11 students are part of a new program, Oresome Internships, run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) providing internships within Queensland Resources Council (QRC) member companies.

The internships range from mining engineering to IT, community relations and finance. While most internships were based in Brisbane corporate offices, some students will conduct site visits to the towns of Millmerran, Moranbah and Coppabella as part of their work.

“These internships provide year 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to see firsthand how resources sector companies operate,” said QMEA’s Manager Skills and Education Matthew Heskett.

“This pilot program aims to help the students join the dots between their studies and the world of work, make contacts in their fields of interest, and give them confidence in their subject choices and studies,” he said.

“We very much appreciate the generosity of QRC members for taking on the students and we can’t wait to see the opportunities that might open up for them in the future.

“The Oresome Internships program was developed to help address key findings from the YouthInsight study commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA). It found that 59 percent of young people knew nothing at all about mining careers.


Schools attending:

o        Somerville House

o        Wavell SHS

o        Coorparoo Secondary College

o        Anglican Church Grammar School

o        St Laurence’s College

o        All Hallows’ School

o        Kelvin Grove State College



o        Round Oak Minerals

o        Peabody

o        Coronado Curragh

o        Glencore Technology

o        Glencore Coal

o        Intergen

o        BHP

o        QER

o        South32

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