IBM Accelerate:
Talent Identification Program

Further your employability. Discover the tech of the future and learn the foundational skills of tomorrow.
Earn an industry recognized badge while building your skills through weekly learning sessions with our IBMers.

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Preparation for Future Employability

IBM Accelerate offers high potential undergraduate students a virtual learning experience delivered through weekly live sessions over eight weeks during the summer.

The program will identify and equip students with the knowledge and readiness they need to be prepared for future consideration of opportunities within the technology industry.

Learn the skills of the future to adapt and evolve. Explore the technology helping to power industries. Earn a digital badge and network with industry leading IBM professionals.

About the Program

8-week experience

Apply and take part in our 8-week learning program open to students who meet our eligibility criteria. Delivered through weekly sessions (three-hours in the evening) by industry-leading IBM professionals, you will be able to hone your skills for the future and build your network.

Foundational Skills

Employers agree that although technical skills are important, foundational skills are what make an employee successful in the world of work. Build and learn more about the kinds of skills that will help you stand out in an interview and navigate the workforce!

Track Based Learning

Focus on the knowledge and skills most applicable to your interests and career aspirations. A track-based learning approach will allow you to dig deeper on what it takes to succeed in the skills track of your choice! Hover over to learn more about each topic.

Coaching

Coaches can play an important role in helping you define and map out your career journey. You’ll be matched with an IBMer to be your Accelerate Coach who will help guide and advise you throughout the program as you learn more about IBM and map your potential career path moving forward.

Learning Tracks

Focus on the knowledge and skills most applicable to your interests and career aspirations. A track-based learning approach will allow you to dig deeper on what it takes to succeed in the skills track of your choice!

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Client Services & Consulting

Eligibility

At IBM, we are seeking those who are striving to build a better future. This is where your drive meets vision. Putting your time and development first, this program is designed to put you in the driver's seat of your career allowing you to focus on what you are truly passionate about while providing exposure to the foundational skills required for career success.

  • This program is open to all undergraduates graduating between December 2022-June 2024. All candidates who meet this criteria may apply. We especially encourage applications from individuals currently underrepresented in technology, including those who self-identify as Black, Native American, African American, and Hispanic/Latinx.
  • Participants must supply their own computer/laptop with internet access for use throughout the program.
  • Participants must be enrolled in a post-secondary education institute (i.e. college or university)
  • Participation is open to all majors and areas of study, although participants are encouraged to have an interest in STEM and technology.

FAQs

What are your diversity policies?

Diversity and inclusion is part of IBM's DNA. We ensure everyone feels welcome and valued for who they are. More than just joining a team; it’s about openness, collaboration, trust, and the invitation and expectation of thriving, having a voice, being active and part of creating IBM’s future. At IBM, we celebrate diversity of thought and experience in everything we do. Together, we inspire, innovate and change the world. Find out more about why we are leading the way in Diversity & Inclusion across the globe. To learn more visit: www.ibm.com/diversity. If you need assistance completing your admissions form, please contact mamburn@us.ibm.com.

Will I be paid for participation in IBM Accelerate?

No. This is an unpaid, virtual learning opportunity. Participation does not imply current employment nor guarantee future employment with IBM.

Do I need to be in a specific US location to participate?

No. All programming is virtual, so all you need is a computer and internet connection. However, this is a US-based program, and you must be enrolled in a US-based post secondary education institute.

What if I'm not graduating from December 2022 - June 2024? Can I participate? 

Yes, while program content is designed to benefit students in their first two years of study, third- and fourth-year college students may also apply.

When will the weekly sessions happen?

  • Weeks of June 7th through July 28th, 2021
  • Mondays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm EST: Foundational Skills Sessions
  • Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm EST: Track Learning Sessions

What happens at the end of the program?

  • Participants who complete the program will be awarded an IBM digital credential (badge) and may be considered for IBM internship opportunities. Please note, IBM does not provide visa sponsorship for internship positions now or in the future.
  • Participation does not imply current employment nor guarantee future employment with IBM.

What benefits will I gain from participating in IBM's Accelerate program?

  • Participants who complete the program will be awarded an IBM digital credential (badge) and may be considered for IBM internship opportunities. Please note, IBM does not provide visa sponsorship for internship positions now or in the future.
  • You will also gain valuable foundational and technical skills within a profession that interests you! You'll learn what it means to work in the corporate world within that profession, enabling you with the knowledge to guide your career and achieve your professional goals. You'll develop relationships with IBMers and have the opportunity to network with other Accelerate participants.
  • Overall, we're confident we've developed a unique experience that will truly accelerate your professional network, skillset, and career moving forward!

What if I have a job that I was planning on working this summer - can I still participate in IBM Accelerate?

Yes! We have designed this virtual learning experience to accommodate participants who may have other commitments like classes, jobs, or summer internships. Sessions will be delivered in the evenings.