IBM in Education
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IBM Academic Initiative website is the ultimate source of the programs that are available to faculty, including access to free software, free books, the ability to download all the available IBM technology and courseware, remote access to certain hardware systems, participation in technical webcasts, electronic delivery of the AI newsletter, and much more.
For students, IBM has created the IBM Student Portal to give students information about competitions, events, and even job opportunities.
For researchers, the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) is available to strengthen the links between research communities and IBM. The main emphasis of CAS research projects is solving problems of utmost importance to software developers. However, it also entertains proposals relating to other aspects of computer science, including those involving theoretical work. CAS is continually initiating long-term projects in collaboration with other members of the research community. The results of these projects vary from research publications to prototypes and new directions for products.
As an employer, IBM regularily hires Interns and Co-ops for short term projects. I am a graduate of the co-op program from University of Waterloo, and had one of my six workterms at IBM. I highly recommend co-op programs for the work experience, money to pay down student debt, and the buiding of a network of employment contacts.
Full-time employees of IBM are encouraged to take part in volunteer work. I've personally been involved in teaching Girl Guides and Brownies how to create greeting cards using a software program, teaching middle-school kids to create a web page, teaching the "Economics of Staying in School" through the Junior Achievement organization, and helping build robotics for kids in the Excite Camp. I think in each case a child was given a unique learning experience and for those of us who like to volunteer, made us feel like we contributed in a positive way to our community.
For more information on IBM's involvement with education at all levels, see the Education site.