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Hydrometallurgy Intern (Summer 2024)



Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Who we are:

Electra is electrifying ironmaking to decarbonize steelmaking and eliminate 3.7 gigatons or 10% of global CO2 emissions. Leveraging proven industrial-scale electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, and backed by leading sustainability-focused venture capitalists, our team is developing lower cost, scalable solutions utilizing intermittent renewable energy to forge a cleaner, greener future for the trillion-dollar steel industry.

With a uniquely collaborative culture, endless passion for developing disruptive technologies, and the opportunity to revolutionize carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, careers at Electra offer challenge, reward, and the chance to bring to market solutions that dramatically improve the health of the planet.

Internship Program Summary:

The 2024 Summer Internship Program is open to current undergraduate and graduate students pursuing majors in related fields.

The goal of the Program is to provide students with hands-on, industry experience while offering the opportunity to make valuable contributions at Team Electra.

In this you will:

  • Perform bench-scale experiments to evaluate materials and process parameters for leaching, precipitation, solvent extraction or other chemical/hydrometallurgical processes
  • Perform standardized chemical and material analyses
  • Work closely with senior R&D team members on experimental design and data analysis
  • Communicate research findings in an end-of-term presentation to the technical team


  • Must be actively enrolled in an accredited college or university and pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in metallurgy, chemistry, or chemical/metallurgical engineering

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of basic wet chemistry and laboratory safety
  • Familiarity with aqueous chemistry concepts and fundamentals
  • Ability to perform stoichiometry calculations and mass balances
  • Knowledge of hydrometallurgical process steps such as leaching, precipitation, solvent extraction, or related

What’s in it for you:

  • Hands-on experience in an industry environment
  • Opportunity to work on novel technologies
  • Opportunity to collaborate with other teams


  • The pay rate for this position is $28.00 per hour for undergraduate students and $31.00 per hour for graduate students.