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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.

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12 Month University
Placements

We offer 12-month University Placement opportunities in Business and 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 Exploration Session’ stages of the process within a 4-week period.

Salaries start at £18,000 pro rated per annum with £1,000 sign on bonus.

Design

Location: Nationwide
Salary: from £18,000
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’s mission is simple: put the user at the centre of every decision. If you are a passionate problem-solver, able to empathise with users and turn that empathy into design insight, we want you to join us in creating exceptional experiences for customers whether they’re using IBM products, or services we’ve built for our clients.

IBM hires Design placement students into IBM Design (Hursley) and IBM iX (London).

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Business and Finance

Make your mark on the business and finance world and focus on the commercial side of IBM. What you’ll do – anything from analysing our business, finance planning, creating proposals for potential clients or even doing research into different areas of the market. Within some of our finance role you may be working on accounting, auditing, analysis, and many other areas 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 for 12 months

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Technology

Location: Nationwide
Salary: from £18,000
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 for 12 months

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Marketing

Location: Nationwide
Salary: from £18,000
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 for 12 months

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Human Resources

Location: Nationwide
Salary: from £18,000
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 for 12 months

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Software Development

Location: Hursley
Salary: £18,000 + £1,000 Sign on Bonus
Entry Requirements: Must be on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline

As a Software Developer Intern, you'll work in one of Europe's largest Software Labs and will have the opportunity to get involved in virtually every stage of developing new solutions or supporting and improving existing products. Using your problem solving skills, you will work in teams alongside other developers, engineers and industry experts to provide innovative and creative solutions to a wide selection of businesses, helping to solve complex problems for our customers.

We offer a nurturing environment for you to learn in and prosper, with a career path full of rewards. We value your learning and development so you will be encouraged to join various projects outside your day to day role in order to grow your skills, your network and experience a rewarding placement year!

Examples of some of roles we are looking to fill are:

  • Software Developer (Front End)
  • Software Developer (Back End)
  • Software Developer (Full Stack)
  • DevOps Developers
  • QA/ Test Developers

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Feel supported

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.

University Placement
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.

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.

This stage will take approximately 5 minutes. Simply fill in your personal details and upload your CV to receive a confirmation of application.

This stage will take approximately 20 minutes and is a Cognify Game Based Test, an exciting series of interactive games that measure your problem-solving skills and numerical reasoning.

This stage will take approximately 2 hours. You will be sent an online application form where we ask some competency-based questions as well as your personal statement.

This stage will take approximately half a day. You will participate in group activities to demonstrate your logic and discussion skills as well as having a face to face interview with a manager. Top Tips for the Assessment Centre - be yourself, be prepared and do your research into IBM.

This stage will take approximately 1 hour. This interview is specific to a role you have been matched to. It’s a chance for you to find out more about a role, demonstrate you have done your research and have some understanding of what we do. Should you be successful at this stage we will then proceed to offer.

Extreme Blue –
12 Week Summer
Internship

There are internships, and then there’s Extreme Blue.

You will work in a team of up to 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 customers. Each year we seek up to 16 students to join us on Extreme Blue, the roles are split across Technology and Design

Technology Internship

Candidates must be in their penultimate year of study at university and on track for a minimum 2:1 in your degree

All roles are based at IBM Hursley.

Our Technical Extreme Blue Internship allows you to work on innovative, real life projects with IBM's customers. Working in teams of up to 4 to build, develop and improve solutions which meet our customers needs you will have the opportunity to showcase your existing skills and grow your knowledge by learning as you go.

During the placement, you will 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 could even achieve a patent from your project!

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Design Internship

Candidates must be in their penultimate year of study at university and on track for a minimum 2:1 in your degree

All roles are based at IBM Hursley.

Important: We will require a copy of your portfolio when you make your application. Please have this ready to share when you apply.

If you are a passionate problem-solver, able to empathise with users and turn that empathy into design insight, we want you to join us in creating exceptional experiences.

Working in a team of up to 4 you will help create solutions to real world problems with our customers, putting the user at the centre of every decision. At the end of the 12 weeks, you'll showcase your working product to our executives, business partners and customers.

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Extreme Blue application
process

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.

Initial
Application
Online

Offer of
employment

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.

Assessments will be timed.

Extreme Blue
Summer Internship

Our 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

What do we look for
in a candidate

Adaptability

How do you cope with changing demands and stress? Are you flexible? Have you successfully completed several projects with competing deadlines?

Communication

Do you present information clearly, precisely and succinctly? Adapt the way you communicate to your audience? And listen to others?

Client Focus

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?

Drive

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?

Teamwork

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.

Taking Ownership

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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