Co-ops & Internships
To see whether Vale might be the place for you, answer these questions:
- Do you want to get a head start on your career?
- Do you want to find out about the working world while you're still in school?
- Do you want an above-average wage to help to pay for next semester's tuition?
If you answer yes to any of the above, then our extensive co-op and internship programs are for you.
During your term of four, eight, 12 or 16 months, you'll work and learn alongside other students and Vale's skilled professionals in one of many locations across Canada. You'll be making a genuine contribution to our workplace and you'll discover the world of possibilities Vale can offer. Due to the extensive opportunities, many of our co-op students and interns choose to start their full-time careers with us after they graduate.
Our co-op and intern positions will be posted throughout the year as they're available.
"I'm happy that I was a part of such a welcoming and kind team. Everyone on the PMO team encouraged me to learn and took the time to ensure I felt supported. The team has helped build my excel skills, problem solving and confidence in the work place. The PMO team supports many areas of HR, thus allowing me to gain a holistic experience and understanding of my own team's role as well as other functions of HR."Sarah Kinley, Project Management Co-op
Western University – Human Resource Management
"Working as an intern for a global mining company seemed overwhelming at first, but the Talent Management team welcomed me with open arms and has provided me with continuous support since day one. I had the opportunity to take ownership of a wide variety of projects all the while developing critical technical and professional skills."Arany Navaratnarajah, Talent Management Intern
York University - Commerce
"My experience as a Co-op Intern within Vale's Corporate Affairs department has been incredibly dynamic, challenging, and rewarding. Since joining Vale, the Corporate Affairs team has consistently encouraged me to share my thoughts and ideas - I have been very fortunate to be ... mentored by a group of intelligent, passionate, and accomplished leaders who offer strong support and value open dialogue. Working at Vale as a public policy student has been an exciting and unique experience that has allowed me to gain invaluable private sector experience. As Canada is poised to capitalize on the global rising demand for critical minerals, largely due to their role in the transition to a low-carbon and digitized economy, my experience at Vale has allowed me to further consider important policy questions, such as how the natural resource sector and governments can work together to advance a shared agenda." Show MoreKelly Ninh, Public Relations Co-op
University of Toronto – Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Master of Public Policy
"When I began my co-op I was nervous about starting from home. Fortunately I was paired with leaders who supported my development. Immediately I felt part of the team and was able to contribute ideas to the group. The opportunities with Vale are endless, as I am now extending my co-op while I return to my studies."Camron Derreck, Public Relations Co-op
Conestoga College – Bachelor of Public Relations
1. How do I qualify for the Global Trainee Program?
Candidates from all areas of studies, who have graduated between May 2020 to May 2023 are qualified to apply to the Global Trainee Program.
2. What does the application and interview process look like?
You must complete an application form about yourself, your studies, and your working preferences. This will be followed by an evaluation process, which includes completing a quiz and solving business cases. If you are selected to move on, you will be invited to an interview with the HR team and hiring managers. Please see the selection process above.
3. When do the applications open and close for the New Graduate Program?
Applications open on September 12, 2022 and close on October 28, 2022 at 12:00 a.m EST.
4. When will I know the status of my application?
Applicants will receive updates about the status of their application throughout the recruitment process. Successful candidates will be notified in December 2022 and will start with the company in May 2023.
5. How long is the Global Trainee Program?
The duration of the Global Trainee Program is 18 months, starting in May 2023.
6. What will I be doing in this program?
Employees in the Global Trainee Program will participate in various job rotations. In some cases, they may have an opportunity to complete a rotation in a different department aligned with their interests and development needs. In addition, employees will get involved in various activities and projects to develop key leadership and technical skills.
7. Is this a full-time position?
Yes, Global Trainees are required to work full-time and are Vale employees from day one.
8. Is this a paid program?
Yes, Vale offers a market-competitive salary to all Global Trainees.
9. How has the work arrangements changed due to the pandemic?
Positions which allow for remote work can be done from home. Some positions require on-site work. Vale has strict protocols in place to ensure everyone’s health and safety, including COVID-19 protocols.
10. I have an engineering degree. Would my experience in the Global Trainee Program count towards my P. Eng.?
Yes, it counts towards your P. Eng.