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UK Undergraduate Programmes
We offer various internships from Business to Technology, from HR to Software Development and many more opportunities to kick-start your year in industry. You’ll work on real projects, all whilst being supported to gain as much as possible from the experience.
This scheme is for those seeking a year in industry during the penultimate year of their Undergraduate degree.
12 Month University
We offer 12-month University Placement opportunities in Business, Finance, Human Resources, Technology, Marketing, Software Development and Design. Whichever role you choose, you’ll gain the experience, skills and contacts you need to help us solve some of our client’s toughest challenges. In return, we’ll give you everything you need to build the career you want, including fantastic support, training and development and a competitive salary. Our University Placement Scheme is for those in their penultimate year of their Undergraduate degree looking for a year in industry. Roles open periodically over the academic year for up to 1 week at a time. We close these once we have hit capacity.
Our hiring process runs in sprints – this means we aim to complete the ‘Initial Application to Assessment Centre’ stages of the process within a 4-week period.
Salaries start at £18,000 pro rated per annum.
You will be assigned a dedicated Early Professional Manager to oversee your personal and professional development, as well as the opportunity to have mentors from the business, making sure you get the most from your programmes.
Build your skills
World-class learning opportunities, mentoring and a flexible work environment - you will find a wealth of opportunities within IBM to create the career you’ve always imagined.
Be part of a community
There’s a huge community of early professionals at IBM, including Apprentices, Placement students and Graduates, meaning you can carry on the fun outside of work.
Training and Development
Our award-winning, bespoke training will make sure you have the personal, business and technical skills to take your career wherever you want to go. You’ll work on real projects, with real clients, all whilst being supported to gain as much as possible from the experience.
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.
We welcome applications from candidates of all nationalities, but there may be some restrictions if you cannot demonstrate that you have your own right to work within the UK. You should check you meet the criteria for people looking to work in the UK before you submit your application online. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration for more information.
The process is quick, we don’t want you waiting around. Our aim is to get you from online application to assessment centre in just four weeks. Our schemes close quickly so make sure you register your interest above, and once you have applied, check your emails regularly to see what stage of the process you are at.
Extreme Blue –
12 Week Summer
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.
Extreme Blue application
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.
- 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
What do we look for
in a candidate
How do you cope with changing demands and stress? Are you flexible? Have you successfully completed several projects with competing deadlines?
Do you present information clearly, precisely and succinctly? Adapt the way you communicate to your audience? And listen to others?
Can you see a situation from a client’s viewpoint, whether that’s colleagues or customers? Can you anticipate their needs?
Creative Problem Solving
Do you use ingenuity, supported by logical methods and analysis, to propose solutions? Can you anticipate problems? Do you put forward innovative ideas?
Will you proactively learn new skills – even if they’re beyond the scope of your current job? Will you put in the time and energy needed to achieve results?
How do you work with others to achieve shared goals? Do you easily build relationships with others? Are you a team player?
Passion for IBM
Do you know what IBM does and what our most recent achievements are? Are you up to speed with the latest trends in our industry? What are the biggest challenges we face? You’ll need the facts at your fingertips and the enthusiasm to match.
Do you take responsibility for tasks/decisions? And implement decisions with speed? Can you show when you’ve worked to correct your mistakes?
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