My internship experience at JCCBI: Fatima Ait Haddou

10 September 2018

In 2013, the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc. (JCCBI) installed the “super beam” on the Champlain Bridge. This project received a lot of media attention, and it piqued my curiosity. I wanted to learn more about the project’s scope and complexity and about JCCBI, which has a reputation as a leading infrastructure manager. The Corporation also has a reputation for its engineering internships that open doors to the job market for students, as you can apply the technical and theoretical knowledge you learn in school.

Becoming an intern with JCCBI has been an incredible opportunity. I’ve had the chance to work on large projects from A to Z and interact with different stakeholders (consultants, contractors, supervisors, etc.). I’ve also developed skills in project management and coordination and considerably improved my communication, team work and interpersonal skills.

During my internship, I was assigned to the Champlain Project Office, where I worked mainly on the Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure. My role was to:

  • Follow up and check the compliance of tasks carried out by the team JCCBI hired to monitor the construction work.
  • Visit active work sites and validate information entered in daily reports.
  • Attend site meetings and track deliverables and deadlines with project stakeholders.
  • Review notices of change and contract amendments.
  • Update documents to track construction work progress.
  • Conduct research to gather information about rehabilitation work on the Champlain Bridge. This internship experience has been truly rewarding! After getting my degree, I was hired by JCCBI as a junior engineer. Today, I’m continuing to tackle interesting challenges in a stimulating environment while working on large-scale, innovative and unique projects with a dynamic, friendly and thorough team.