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Graduates and interns

Create tomorrow

If you want to drive real change, we have just the place to do it. Our Early Talent Programs allow you to shape Rio Tinto from the inside out. We want you to be a 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.

Applications now open for Canada Graduate and Internship Programs

We have roles open for exceptional Graduates & Interns to join our Early Talent Programs from a range of disciplines across different areas of the business.

Graduate program

We’re looking for motivated students who want to reinvent tomorrow and make lasting change. We want you to help us shape the future of our company and industry.

Our 2-year graduate program gives you the tools and skills to innovate and invent – to challenge the way we do things and help us find better ways.

As we have graduates joining at different times of the year depending on regions, our development program is divided in 2 phases, which are completed over a period of 16 to 24 months.

Overview of our development program

  • Phase 1

    You’ll focus on:

    • Building networks and relationships with teammates, leaders and technical experts.
    • Resilience and emotional awareness, caring for yourself and others, connecting effectively with a diverse range of people.
    • Personal and professional skills development to support your life-changing transition from the academic to professional environment.
    • Our strategy, values, and behaviours.
    • Our value chain and expertise of our commercial, technical, and functional groups.


    Unlock your potential

    This short-form digital learning series is a set of bespoke, on-demand video modules specifically crafted for Rio Tinto graduates to develop the essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your first professional role.

    One-on-one coaching

    Practical support

    You will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced external coach who will give you practical support and tools to help you achieve your personal and career goals.

    GradConnect – phase 1

    Insights from our leaders | From the ground to the end product | Local and global connections

    Get together with fellow graduates locally and virtually to network and learn. Starting a new role in a large and complex organisation like ours can be overwhelming. At the GradConnect, you’ll get to hear from leaders first-hand about their own experience at Rio Tinto, and learn about our strategy, values, and projects in action. The event also includes subject matter experts from across the business who will deliver interactive sessions on key disciplines like closure, automation, orebody knowledge, processing, tailings, water and more.

  • Phase 2

    You’ll focus on:

    • Collaborating with others, sharing ideas, innovating and developing new ways of working
    • Building your understanding of innovation at Rio Tinto, by developing knowledge on intellectual property and technology transfer
    • Creating solutions to real business challenges our organisation is facing
    • Developing creative problem-solving skills
    • Being courageous, thinking and acting strategically, learning how to anticipate change, and seize opportunity

    Innovation and technology online modules

    Two series of training modules designed to give you the tools and knowledge to successfully develop innovative solutions. This training is offered through our partnership with the Rio Tinto R&D and Technology community.

    GradConnect – phase 2

    Get ready to innovate | Insights from internal and external thought leaders

    Get ready to embark on a journey where creativity meets strategy, and ideas are transformed into compelling narratives. Together with your teammates, you will be exposed to topics like globalisation, technology, innovation, and creativity. Interact with internal and external experts to learn methodologies and strategies, helping you innovate and collaborate to create the best ideas and solutions. You can then put what you’ve learned into action as part of the innovation project.

    Innovation project

    Deliver real business impacts

    This is your opportunity to be creative and propose solutions to change the way we work – now and in the future. Work with other graduates to bring your ideas to life.

    Graduate festivals

    Pitch your idea

    You and your team will pitch your final innovation project to a panel of internal senior leaders and experts. This is your opportunity to demonstrate what you can bring to our business with fresh and innovative thinking. Your idea could even be adopted by the business!

  • Access to a whole lot more

    There are a range of resources available to you throughout the program:

    Learning resources

    Access to world-class digital learning resources via LinkedIn Learning and our Graduate Insights.


    Collaborate with fellow grads via MS Teams channels, Graduate Champions network or through our Coffee Roulette, where you can grab a (virtual) coffee with people from all around our business.

    Mentoring and job-shadowing opportunities

    There are opportunities to connect with subject matter experts to help grow your network, add to your knowledge, and learn new skills.

    Technical resources

    In addition to learning on-the-job, you can also access online courses, webinars, and tap into our internal technical expert networks to deepen your technical knowledge.

How to apply

Applications for the graduate and student programmes follow the university calendar in each region.

For graduate roles you need to:

  • have the right to work in the country where the position is based (citizens, permanent residents, student or postgraduate work visa holders)
  • have graduated with a relevant university degree and have less than 2 years of relevant work experience

For intern/co-op opportunities you need to be:

  • enrolled in a relevant university program
  • returning to university after the internship
  • in the country where the position is based


Drill and Blast Engineer, Kennecott copper operations, US

I’m passionate about emerging technology and how we can apply these new ideas to solve old problems.

Breanna, Drill and Blast Engineer, Kennecott copper operations, US


I was keen to learn about using drones in traditional survey work. So, as part of the graduate programme, I was able to get my professional drone licence and spend time with the survey team learning about how they use drones to keep people away from potentially hazardous environments while still collecting high-quality data. I hope to work more in mining automation in the future.

The Rio Tinto Graduate Programme gave me the flexibility to try different roles and work with many teams. Since I joined as an intern in 2015, I’ve worked in operations, asset management, drill and blast, and short-range planning. This meant I was able to learn from different teams across the mine site.

Not all my different experiences were exactly what I was expecting, but I found value and learned from them all!

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