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12 Month University Placements

Our University Placement Scheme is for those in their penultimate year of their Undergraduate degree looking for a year in industry. 

Our roles will be opening periodically over the academic year. Our hiring process runs on sprints – this means we aim to complete ‘application to assessment centre’ within a 3-week period, with a final interview & offer following this stage. Individual roles will open for up to 1 week at a time throughout the year - we close when we have hit capacity. If the role you are interested in is not open yet, please register your interest and you will be notified once it is open for applications.

UK University Opportunities

Business

Location: Nationwide
Salary: £18,000 (£19,000 if London based)
Entry Requirements: Must be on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline

The best thing – you can make your mark on the business world and focus on the commercial side of IBM. What you’ll do – anything from analysing our business, creating proposals for potential clients or even doing research into different areas of the market.

  • To begin with you should be interested in taking a year out as part of your degree and to be on target for at least a 2:1 in your honours degree.
  • You must also be in your penultimate year of study and be authorised to work in the UK for the whole placement too.
  • Whilst you don’t need a specific degree background to apply, you do need to be enthusiastic, with plenty of energy and passion for the areas of our business that you’re applying for. Never fear, if you haven’t studied business or IT, we’re all about the person, not about their background.
  • University Placements are for a minimum of 1 year and must form part of your degree - normally prior to the final year of study.
  • University Placements run from June/July/August 2020 for 12 months.

Marketing

Location: Nationwide
Salary: £18,000 (£19,000 if London based)
Entry Requirements: Must be on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline

What you’ll do – your role could involve advertising, market research, organising events, managing websites, creating newsletters or working with our suppliers on the design, print and production of new promotional materials.

  • To begin with you should be interested in taking a year out as part of your degree and to be on target for at least a 2:1 in your honours degree.
  • You must also be in your penultimate year of study and be authorised to work in the UK for the whole placement too.
  • Whilst you don’t need a specific degree background to apply, you do need to be enthusiastic, with plenty of energy and passion for the areas of our business that you’re applying for. Never fear, if you haven’t studied business or IT, we’re all about the person, not about their background.
  • University Placements are for a minimum of 1 year and must form part of your degree - normally prior to the final year of study.
  • University Placements run from June/July/August 2020 for 12 months.

Our Marketing Placement is now closed for 2019. Please register your interest for placements starting in 2020.

Software Developer

Location: Hursley (Winchester)
Salary: £18,000
Entry Requirements: Must be on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline

What you’ll do – you’ll get involved in virtually every stage of either developing new solutions or supporting and improving existing ones.

The majority of our interns will be based in IBM Hursley, near Winchester, the largest software lab in Europe. This location will give you exposure to a wide selection of projects and services and will enable you to gain a once in a lifetime experience.

We do have 1-2 roles in our other software labs including Manchester, Milton Keynes and Southbank, but please be aware 90% of the placement roles will be in IBM Hursley in Hampshire. Please ensure you are happy with this location prior to applying.

We will place you within a team where you will be working alongside developers, engineers who will be there to support and encourage and inspire you during your placement, During your 12 months we will encourage you to join in various projects (outside of your day job), hackathons, etc, this will help to build your network as well as your skills and experience during your internship.

Examples of some of roles we are looking to fill are

  • Software Developers
  • Release Engineers
  • Software Engineers
  • Front End Developers

What we look for:

  • Real passion for coding and programming
  • Some experience of the following languages whether self-taught or through work experience eg. Java, C/C++ Programming, Linux, zOS
  • You should be passionate about taking a year out to gain industry experience.
  • Be in your penultimate year of your chosen degree, be on target for a 2:1 in your degree and be authorised to work in the UK for the whole placement without sponsorship.
  • Whilst you don’t need a specific degree background to apply, you do need to be hardworking, with plenty of energy and real passion for the areas of our business that you’re applying for. Never fear, if you haven’t studied IT, we’re all about the person, not about their background.
  • University Placements are for a minimum of 1 year and form part of your degree - normally prior to the final year of study.
  • Assessment Centre dates will be 22nd, 23rd, and 29th October and 10th and 12th December
  • The 2020 start date for the University placement are July 2020

Design

Location: Nationwide
Salary: £18,000 (£19,000 if London based)
Entry Requirements: Must be on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline

We’re looking for designers who will create irresistible experiences for our users.

IBM Design’s mission is simple: put the user at the center of our products. If you are a passionate problem-solver, able to empathize with users and turn that empathy into design insight, we want you to join us in creating exceptional experiences that span our vast product portfolio.

Our Design Placement is now closed for 2019. Please register your interest for placements starting in 2020.

Technology

Location: Nationwide
Salary: £18,000 (£19,000 if London based)
Entry Requirements: Must be on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline

What you’ll do – web design, problem diagnosis, database development, technical project management… there’s loads to get involved in. Whatever role you take, you’re likely to be designing, implementing and maintaining technical solutions for our clients.

  • To begin with you should be interested in taking a year out as part of your degree and to be on target for at least a 2:1 in your honours degree.
  • You must also be in your penultimate year of study and be authorised to work in the UK for the whole placement too.
  • Whilst you don’t need a specific degree background to apply, you do need to be enthusiastic, with plenty of energy and passion for the areas of our business that you’re applying for. Never fear, if you haven’t studied business or IT, we’re all about the person, not about their background.
  • University Placements are for a minimum of 1 year and must form part of your degree - normally prior to the final year of study.
  • University Placements run from June/July/August 2020 for 12 months.

Our Technology Placement is now closed for 2019. Please register your interest for placements starting in 2020.

Finance

Location: Nationwide
Salary: £18,000 (£19,000 if London based)
Entry Requirements: Must be on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline

What you’ll do – accounting, financial planning, auditing, analysis or virtually any other area of finance.

  • To begin with you should be interested in taking a year out as part of your degree and to be on target for at least a 2:1 in your honours degree.
  • You must also be in your penultimate year of study and be authorised to work in the UK for the whole placement too.
  • Whilst you don’t need a specific degree background to apply, you do need to be enthusiastic, with plenty of energy and passion for the areas of our business that you’re applying for. Never fear, if you haven’t studied business or IT, we’re all about the person, not about their background.
  • University Placements are for a minimum of 1 year and must form part of your degree - normally prior to the final year of study.
  • University Placements run from June/July/August 2020 for 12 months.

Our Finance Placement is now closed for 2019. Please register your interest for placements starting in 2020.

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HR

Location: Nationwide
Salary: £18,000 (£19,000 if London based)
Entry Requirements: Must be on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline

What you’ll do – you’ll be involved in creating and supporting initiatives and policies that help us attract the right people, and develop and motivate them once they’re working for us – so, anything from resource management, business development, to recruitment, employee well-being or diversity.

  • To begin with you should be interested in taking a year out as part of your degree and to be on target for at least a 2:1 in your honours degree.
  • You must also be in your penultimate year of study and be authorised to work in the UK for the whole placement too.
  • Whilst you don’t need a specific degree background to apply, you do need to be enthusiastic, with plenty of energy and passion for the areas of our business that you’re applying for. Never fear, if you haven’t studied business or IT, we’re all about the person, not about their background.
  • University Placements are for a minimum of 1 year and must form part of your degree - normally prior to the final year of study.
  • University Placements run from June/July/August 2020 for 12 months.

Our HR Placement is now closed for 2019. Please register your interest for placements starting in 2020.

Application Process

Before you apply, please ensure you are on track for a 2:1 or above (in any degree discipline) and are looking
to take a year out from University during the penultimate year of your undergraduate degree.

During the application process we will assess you on eight core competencies. Think about whether, and how, you can demonstrate them.

Adaptability; Communication; Client Focus; Creative Problem Solving; Drive; Teamwork; Passion for IBM and Taking Ownership.

University Placements

IBM’s online testing will include a Cognitive Ability Game, to assess your problem solving skills, and a Learning Agility Assessment, which looks at your way of learning.

Assessments will be timed.

The application form will focus on competency based questions and will ask you to provide a personal statement.

IBM Assessment Centres will typically require candidates to complete two group exercises, one being based on logical reasoning and the other being on based on discussion.
Candidates will also complete an individual interview where they will show a pre-prepared presentation.

Assessments will be timed.

Extreme Blue – 12 Week Summer Internship

There are internships, and then there’s Extreme Blue. 
Think of it as the opportunity to unleash your technical ingenuity and business acumen in the professional world working on internal and external projects - with the support, expertise and backing of one of the world's leading technology companies. Extreme Blue at IBM isn’t your average internship. It’s a race against time - with the 12 week timeline compelling you to prove your creativity, passion and knowledge to deliver some of the most innovative solutions to real life business challenges. You will work in a team of 4 to develop an idea to address a real-world challenge confronting part of IBM's business – and then turn that idea into a real product. When the 12 weeks are up, you’ll showcase it to our executives, business partners and clients. Each year 16 students join us on Extreme Blue, in 12 Technology roles, and 4 Design roles.

Before you apply, please ensure you are on track for a 2:1 or above, are in the penultimate year of your undergraduate degree; graduating in 2021.
You must be available to complete the whole 12 week program starting on 15th June 2020 and finishing on 4th September 2020.
All Extreme Blue roles are based in IBM Hursley, Winchester.

 

Technology Internship

All candidates must be in their penultimate year of study at university – please note, all roles and assessment centres will be based in IBM Hursley. You must be able to complete the whole 12 week program starting in June and finishing in September 2020.

As a technical student, this internship will give you the opportunity to work on an innovative technology project from an outside client or for an internal client. You'll build on your existing IT skills and learn new ones as well and teach others. Your role as one of the technical interns in a team of 4 will be to build, develop and improve an IT-based solution that meets the customers' needs. You will have the chance to work with leading edge technologies, be mentored by leading IT professionals and learn new technologies, craft new applications or put a modern twist on an existing tool/idea.
You will find out how IBM and the IT industry work, how IT can contribute too or be used for the good of the community and also learn how to manage real customer projects.
You'll need to utilise your technical curiosity to design, architect, develop and test your product among your technical peers, while never losing sight of your customers and the end goal.

The Extreme Blue team culture is all about:

  • Intensity
  • Passion
  • Challenge
  • Innovation
  • No boundaries

Design Internship

Please note: Design roles will open in early 2020. Please register your interest to be notified when the role opens.

All candidates must be in their penultimate year of study at university – please note, all roles and assessment centres will be based in IBM Hursley. You must be able to complete the whole 12 week program starting in June and finishing in September 2020.

As a designer, you'll be teamed up with developer interns in a team of 4 to create a solution to a real-world problem, with an assigned client.  When the 12 weeks are up, you'll showcase your working product to our executives, business partners and clients.  Design a solution that addresses a client brief - you could even get a patent out of it!

Have the freedom to work on a project with no constraints – we want you to be creative, and to push yourself and your team to come up with new ideas.

IMPORTANT – Please include your portfolio as an attachment or as a link when you apply. Without this we are not able to progress your application.

Application Process

 

Extreme Blue

IBM’s online testing will include a Cognitive Ability Game, to assess your problem solving skills, and a Learning Agility Assessment, which looks at your way of learning.

Assessments will be timed.

The application form will focus on competency based questions and will ask you to provide a personal statement.

A Manager will review your application form.

IBM Assessment Centres will typically require candidates to complete two group exercises, one being based on logical reasoning and the other being on based on discussion.

Candidates will also complete an individual interview where they will show a pre-prepared presentation.  All Extreme Blue assessment centres are held in IBM Hursley, Winchester. Assessment Centres for the Technology roles will be on the following dates: 19th and 20th November 2019.

Assessments will be timed.

Extreme Blue
Summer Internship

Why work at IBM?
 

Extreme Blue perks:

  • Free accommodation with the other Extreme Blue students near to IBM Hursley in Hampshire, UK.
  • The potential to have a patent submission on your CV 
  • An expenses paid trip to showcase your ideas at the Extreme Blue Expo in one of 7 countries around Europe.
  • Create a project that could go on to be used by people around the world
  • Have the freedom to work on a project with no constraints

Extreme Blue
Summer Internship

Why work at IBM?