Hear from some of our Alumni
James M – Technical Intern in Ireland
I was part of the 2013 Ireland Extreme Blue internship, and I really enjoyed it. We were given the ambitious project of finding a way to curb cyber-bullying, which was a new style of project for me as it involved looking at a problem beyond the scope of getting code to run correctly. Compared to other internships I have worked on before, where a checklist was given of tasks to be completed, our team was given free reign of this project, taking it in whatever direction we saw fit. IBM helped me to develop skills in public speaking over the summer, as we prepared a weekly pitch of our project. The internship culminated with an expo with other Extreme Blue teams from all around Europe, where we got to demonstrate our solutions.
Andrea C – Technical Intern in Canada
To me, the Extreme Blue program captures what IBM is all about in a nutshell. In small teams, we united together to "restlessly re-invent" and build an original software prototype, where we "put the client first". During the summer, I contributed to selecting features that my team thought were of value to our client. I found that Extreme Blue is an extremely unique internship because it allows technical interns to be involved at a higher level of the software product development. Additionally, we were able to "think, prepare, and rehearse" with our product pitch and demo to IBM executives at IBM headquarters in Armonk, New York. Through the Extreme Blue program, I was able to view a clear glimpse of IBM values and identified with them. I am now working as a software developer on the Social Media Analytics team – the same team I interned with at Extreme Blue.
Gemma B – Technical Intern in the UK
Extreme Blue was a brilliant way to spend a summer. The project we were given was solving an interesting, real world problem, and as well as gaining technical skills and experience, we were able to improve our communication, teamwork and presentation skills. It was up to us to decide how we wanted to approach the project, to manage our own time, and design the solution. The European Expo at the end of the 12 weeks was a great opportunity to meet the other interns from across Europe and learn about the projects they had worked on, as well as presenting and demonstrating our project.
Sam M – Technical Intern in the UK
Extreme Blue was one of the best career decisions I have made. It was a fantastic 12 weeks where I worked with some of the most gifted people I have had the privilege of meeting. It was a great gateway back to IBM as a graduate. So far I've been named IBM UK's youngest ever Senior Inventor and I'm already working on client projects helping add value to their business every day. I look forward to continuing my work with customer over the next few years embracing all the challenges I can find.
Aman K – Business Intern in India
I was an Extreme Blue Business Intern in 2012 and throughout the program I gained an insight into future technologies. The Extreme Blue Internship is taken very seriously at IBM. It is one of the best internships we have. Students get opportunities to work on future technologies, which they might not have even thought of. You get a first-hand interface with clients, which broadens their perspective to approach a problem.
My one piece of advice for applicants would be that your focus should be on having in depth knowledge on certain topics, rather than on surface knowledge on all the topics. Now I have moved on from the program my current job role includes end to end recruitment delivery which involves everything from sourcing to selection to delivery.
Patrizia G – Technical Intern in Germany
The key thing I gained from my Extreme Blue experience was the ability to develop a cool prototype with new team members to great success. I would definitely recommend the program to others my friends at University as you can gain a lot of experience during your time on Extreme Blue. My number one piece of advice would be to choose the projects you are most interested in as with passion and creativity you will be able to develop a completely new innovative solution.
My role now and on the Extreme Blue program involved experimenting with sensors. Sensors are becoming more and more part of our lives, support us in our processes and helping to calm down. Here at IBM you can build projects that can be an important part of the future.
The key thing I gained from my Extreme Blue experience was the ability to develop a cool prototype with new team members with different backgrounds. I would definitely recommend the program to others as, you can gain a lot of experience and get in touch with new technologies and products. Additionally you meet and work with people from different counties. Such experiences shape your life! My number one piece of advice would be to choose the projects you are most interested in as with passion and creativity you will be able to develop a completely new innovative solution.
Sensors are becoming more and more part of our lives, support us in our processes and helping to calm down. My role now and on the Extreme Blue program involved experimenting with sensors and integrate it in a IBM product used by big worldwide companies. Here at IBM you can build projects that can be an important part of the future. Your work can influence the future!
Koen W – Technical Intern in the Netherlands
I would definitely recommend the Extreme Blue program as it is the best learning experience and a great way to get to know IBM. As well as this over my time on the program I have gained presentation and client engagement skills. My number one piece of advice for Extreme Blue applicants is to be different. I decided to return to IBM because of the inspiring and motivated people I met during my Extreme Blue internship In my first three years at IBM I've been able to work as IT specialist, Project Manager and IT consultant in different projects. Then I worked as the program manager for the Extreme Blue project in the Netherlands for 2 years. The past five years I've worked as a senior IT Architect for two of IBM's key clients and I am also an accredited IT Architect.