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Black & McDonald Summer Internship a success!

With the fall season just around the corner, Black & McDonald has officially wrapped up its second internship season. This summer, we welcomed 50 new and returning interns into diverse opportunities spanning from Toronto to BC to Kansas City. Our talented team of interns were discovered in part through our North American campus recruitment tour, and were selected from a pool of over 2000 applicants!

"Working at Black & McDonald has truly been a blessing. This experience has allowed me to develop relevant skills to pursue my goal of becoming a project manager."
- Intern, Mechanical and Electrical Projects

Passing the baton

The program's success is largely due to the commitment, dedication and support of our mentors. Although passing the baton is easier said than done, each mentor unwaveringly applied outstanding leadership and coaching in order to equip their intern with the skills and confidence they needed to succeed. Striking a balance between direction and autonomy enabled each intern to successfully deliver presentations to their regional VP, DM, and internship team to conclude the summer.

"At the beginning of the summer I wasn’t confident in my presentation skills. However, with the support and encouragement of my mentor, I completed my presentation with confidence and ease."
- Intern, Energy & Sustainability Services

"The program is well set up in terms of having a dedicated mentor with whom I met weekly to discuss progress and goals. My mentor gave me the space to learn as well as the support I needed to grow."
- Intern, Utility Projects

A recipe for success

An internship program doesn't just happen. Our Talent Development team carefully crafted the program to empower interns to apply their theoretical knowledge from the classroom to a practical real-world setting. Their involvement touched on multiple key business functions, including estimating, project coordination, finance, energy and sustainability, IT, procurement, health and safety and more.

It didn't stop there! Our interns built valuable connections with Black & McDonald employees through site visits, quarterly all-staff meetings, BBQs, golf tournaments and networking events. Here, they were able to interact with other members of the Black & McDonald family, building connections that will stand the test of time.

"This experience has exceeded my expectations. I love how there is a well-structured educational aspect, which allows new graduates in the Construction Program to enhance their skill set."
- Intern, Project Scheduling

Looking back, looking ahead

Once again, Black & McDonald's Summer Internship Program has proved to be a success. We are very proud of our 2019 summer interns and are thrilled to see a number of interns still working with us. We look forward to welcoming a new and returning interns next year!

"Black & McDonald understands that they are not hiring industry experts. Sufficient information is given in order for an intern to gradually build up their knowledge to take on more and more responsibility. The internship program at Black & McDonald is an ideal place to start and grow a career." - Intern, Mechanical & Electrical Projects

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Black & McDonald's depth of experience has made us the partner of choice across a wide range of industries. To get there took time and effort. Our management team invested in the development of our people, determined to make our highly-experienced tradespeople renowned as the best in their industries.
With over 90 years of documented lessons learned, we are able to consistently apply that knowledge - meeting our customers’ most demanding challenges, in their most critical environments.