My name is Carly, and I’m from Tahlequah, Okla. I’m a senior at the University of Tulsa studying Political Science. This summer, I’m interning in Miami, Ariz., with Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold. FCX is a mining company committed to community development locally and internationally, something I’m hoping to focus on after graduation. Currently I’m working in the Global Supply Chain where I take part in purchasing, distribution, inventory, bid walks, and everything to do with contracts. It’s a lot of responsibility that I’m lucky to have!
Since Phoenix and Tucson are both over an hour away, I’ve had to utilize the small town charm to entertain myself. I’ve done an incredible amount of hiking after work. The mountains are beautiful; I must take advantage of them considering we only have a few hills in Oklahoma! It’s easy to go into the cities on the weekends. I’ve attended a number of concerts and festivals nearby, and really taken advantage of my first move off campus since I started TU in 2011! Fortunately I’ve made a few friends out here. Most of the other interns are engineers, something not so different from my life at TU. We are pretty much from all over the country, many from Arizona, Texas, Utah, and Michigan. Even though I’m the only one from Oklahoma, many of the people I work with have family close to Tulsa, which was a big surprise.
My closest friend here is a PhD Candidate at ASU, but he’s originally from the town we work in. It’s been a huge help to have someone who knows the hiking trails, places with the best salsa, and has a mom we can call on for a home cooked meal. I was super interested in this company because of their commitment to development in the communities where they mine. My academic advisor knows this has always been a great interest of mine, and has allowed me to structure my senior project about what I will be learning.