London – 20 October 2021: Women in Mining UK 2021 Summer Internship at the World Gold Council – Hannah Matheson
Written by: Hannah Matheson
When I applied for the ESG internship that was offered through WIM UK with the World Gold Council (WGC), I mentioned I had a keen interest in the decarbonisation of the mining industry and the use of renewable energy in mining operations, a topic I had studied as an undergraduate in Mining Engineering at Camborne School of Mines. Fortunately, this is something the WGC cares deeply about and I was hired to work specifically on climate change issues with John Mulligan, Climate Change Lead at WGC.
Coming straight from university into this internship was very exciting for me. It was a brand-new challenge and I was eager to learn as much as I could from my new colleagues. The people at WGC were one of the best parts of my experience. Everyone was really supportive and keen to share their knowledge. I’ve learned so much about all aspects of the gold industry!
During my internship, I gathered and compiled data on gold mining companies regarding their carbon emissions, researched and wrote case studies on gold mines that are already using renewable energy, assisted with the WGC’s newest climate report and researched the physical risks of climate change on mining operations.
Working in this department has been fascinating and really rewarding on a personal level as this topic is something I’m very passionate about. I’m now staying on with the WGC and have moved on to work with the wider ESG team.
Thank you to WIM UK and the WGC for partnering on this internship programme together and offering such an incredible opportunity!