& Co-Ops

Work on projects that have a lasting effect on the world we live in and define the technology of tomorrow. We are looking for the one-of-a-kind, to not just think outside the box, but reinvent it. At IBM, you will work alongside a global community of 6000+ interns in a workplace that champions inclusion and a culture of giving back.

IBM’s internship programs are an opportunity to learn from the best and develop skills that will make you stand out in today’s rapidly-evolving market. If you’re ready to do what you love and having a great time doing it, join us.

Future Blue

Future Blue is a community for students, by students, at IBM Canada. When you become an IBMer, you’ll have the opportunity to join and be a part of the Future Blue Program. You can focus on building your career with this not-your-average internship experience filled with networking and social events, career development activities, hackathons, give-back-days, and more. Future Blue is focused on helping you transition into your new role, and at the end of the summer, you’ll celebrate your achievements at our Signature Event with other interns and IBM execs.

Extreme Blue Program

There are internships, and then there’s Extreme Blue™. This is your opportunity to unleash your technical ingenuity and business acumen into the professional world. You’ll work hard and work fast with the support and expertise of one of the world's leading technology companies to deliver innovative solutions for real business challenges.

The Extreme Blue experience includes:

  • 10-week to 3-month time frame, varies by region
  • Working with a team of peers to develop a solution for a real-world challenge
  • A weekly showcase with multi-disciplinary tech and business leaders across IBM
  • Continuous mentorship and hands-on training working on cutting edge projects
  • An end-of-session presentation and demo to IBM execs and stakeholders
  • A one-of-a-kind internship experience


As an IBM Developer, you will be part of a hands-on, tailored experience that will teach you to apply your development skills in the cognitive computing era. Interns receive team assignments to a variety of business units and earn the opportunity to work on relevant and timely projects that impact IBM clients. Internships begin in January, May, or September.

Human Resources

Are you looking for a challenging and fulfilling internship? As a Human Resource intern, you’ll take part in meaningful work in a range of areas, including compensation, diversity, recruitment, workforce planning, and leadership development. You’ll be challenged to advance your leadership and analytical skills through experiential learning.


Do you have a passion for transformation and innovation? The IBM Finance Internship experience is a tremendous hands-on opportunity providing exposure to corporate finance and the broader corporate structure. You’ll continue your learning experience – gaining both technical and professional skills as you manage business deliverables and opt-in to participate in projects that make an impact.


Our Marketing & Communications internship provides aspiring, innovative marketers with an opportunity to make an impact at IBM, ultimately making an impact on the world. Our Internship/co-op provides a solid foundation of marketing technical skills through a challenging problem-solving team project on which to build a career and contribute to the success of our customers.


The North American (NA) Summit program provides new IBM sellers in the US and Canada with the experiences and tools needed to partner with IBM clients to define and sell value-added Cloud Platform and Cognitive solutions. The NA Summit Program develops new IBM sellers through immersive training that provides a solid foundation of consultative selling skills on which to build a career and contribute to the success of our clients.

Student employment assignments provide you the opportunity to become familiar with IBM's organization, work style, culture and global reach. Salary is based upon the number of credits or co-ops completed towards your degree. You must provide verification of credits/co-ops, in writing, from your school, prior to assignment.

Co-op and internship programs are an important recruiting channel for IBM because they help us identify high-potential prospective employees. Participating students are often considered for repeat internships or a long-term commitment of regular employment.

What’s the difference

Internships and Co-ops allow students to apply their knowledge and expertise in their particular field, while gaining experience working for a global enterprise. The result is an experiential education that deepens the students’ knowledge and prepares them further for their chosen career.

A Co-op is a short-term, rich learning work experience in a student's chosen field of study for which the student may or may not earn academic credit. This is generally a one-time work experience for 4 or 8 months.

An Internship is a partnership between the student, university and employer to provide the student with a rich learning experience in their chosen field of study. The length of an internship experience is typically 12 or 16 months.

Types of assignments

Each year IBM offers hundreds of co-op/internship assignments within our various business units and Career Paths. Find an opportunity using Watson Candidate Assistant. Then, spend time talking with our recruiters, hiring managers and new hires when we visit your campus.

You can see a full list of all of our opportunities here. You must apply to this site in order to be considered for any role at IBM, even if you interview with us on campus. Check back often, as we do update our job postings frequently.


Students must be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university leading to an undergraduate or advanced degree and must be in good standing at their school. Students should be hired into positions related to their degree. All positions require Canadian or Permanent Resident status, study permits (for 4-month summer co-ops only) or proper work permits (for positions taking place anytime outside the summer work term).

Why Intern at IBM

"I chose IBM because I was excited about the wide variety of opportunities here. There are so many different products to work on and different roles to play. It's also exciting that the IBM products that we work on are used by so many people and businesses around the world." - Rachel F.

"I had the opportunity to expand my skills by applying them on a project that is much greater in size than what could be accomplished in school. I now understand how software is actually developed in the real world and the related processes that go with that, such as talking with the client, scheduling of meetings, testing and preparing a product for deployment." - Steven C.

"A co-op with IBM turned into my entry to a great job as I joined IBM full time this year. During my co-op, I learned a boatload of new technical skills - and a whole lot more! The co-op with IBM was absolutely worth it. It was a decision that has single-handedly affected my life after graduation." - Eric W.

Intern and Co-op Benefits

  • Challenging and stimulating work assignments in leading-edge technology and services operations
  • Relocation assistance funds for eligible students
  • Access to IBM Canada’s Future Blue community of interns
  • Competitive salaries that increase as additional credits towards the degree are earned
  • Paid holidays during assignment period according to site procedures
  • Additional benefits to be provided upon an offer letter

You can see a full list of all of our opportunities here.