What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?
My main role was to collect geological information, combining my field observations and maps in order to work out the environment of deposition, and samples which were collected for assay.
What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?
There is sometimes a lot of apprehension when you’re about to undertake work in remote areas for extended periods of time and I certainly felt nervous in the days running up to being deployed. During this placement I learnt a lot about working in the outback in Western Australia, including first aid in the field, how to collect and label rock samples, and I learnt a lot about the social and economic aspects of mining, which are all skills I can easily transfer to future projects I may work on.
What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?
I worked on an ore-genesis model for the company. They already had a good idea of its formation, but by using the laboratory equipment at CSM I was able to provide strong evidence to support the company’s theory.
Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?
We had a couple of punctures so I have improved my tyre changing skills…