Interns and co-op opportunities


Student employment assignments provide you the opportunity to become familiar with IBM's organization, work style, culture and global reach. Salary is based upon the number of credits completed towards your degree. You must provide verification of credits, in writing, from your school, prior to assignment.


Co-op and internship programs are an important recruiting channel for IBM because they help us identify high-potential prospective employees. Participating students are often considered for repeat internships or a long-term commitment of regular employment. Our philosophy, simply stated, is recruit once, hire twice.


Intern or co-op — what's the difference?


Internships and Co-ops allow students to apply their knowledge and expertise in their particular field, while gaining experience working for a global enterprise. The result is an experiential education that deepens the students knowledge and prepares them further for their chosen career.

An Internship is a short-term, supervised work experience in a student's field of interest for which the student may or may not earn academic credit. This is generally a one-time work experience for three to six months.

A Co-op is a partnership between the student, university and employer to provide the student with a rich learning experience in their chosen field of study. The length of Co-op experience is typically a semester plus a summer (ex. January to August or June to December).



Types of assignments


Each year IBM offers hundreds of internship assignments within our various business units. Refer to the skills matrix to see where you might fit in. Then, spend time talking with our recruiters, hiring managers and new hires when we visit your campus.
Remember you can always see a full list of all of our opportunities at You must apply to this site in order to be considered for any role at IBM, even if you interview with us on campus. Check back often, as we do update our job postings frequently.

In addition to the many technical roles we have available, other unique opportunities with IBM might include the following:

• Extreme Blue Extreme Blue™is IBM's premier internship program and incubator for talent and technology that fuels innovation. The program continues to deliver amazing results worldwide by attracting top technical and MBA students to build innovative solutions that align with IBM's vision of 'Building a Smarter Planet.'If you want an experience that empowers you to run a mini-business in solving a problem or providing a client solution, this internship is for you! To learn more about this opportunity and how to apply, refer to the Extreme Blue site.

∑ Sales and Distribution (S&D) Summit Intern Program: Interns within the S&D Summit program interact with other smart and highly motivated IBM teammates to deliver Software and Hardware solutions through the application of a consultative sales approach to clients of all sizes and across various industries. To learn more about this opportunity and how to apply, refer to
∑ Consulting by Degrees (CbD) Intern Program: Interns are assigned to a dynamic project team with mentorship and on the job training. You will have an opportunity to learn consultancy from some of the best and brightest in the business as you take on challenging responsibilities and learn how to help clients integrate strategy, process, technology and information to increase effectiveness and reduce costs. To learn more about this opportunity and how to apply, refer to





Students must be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university leading to an undergraduate or advanced degree and must be in good standing at their school. Students should be hired into positions related to their degree.




Position availability


The main hiring seasons follow the academic school calendar (Fall, Spring and Summer), but IBM continuously seeks to hire top students interns or co-ops throughout the year.


Return assignments


You will be eligible for a return IBM assignment if your job and school performance are satisfactory and a business need exists. Information on the procedure for return assignments will be provided to you by your manager or staffing representative prior to your exit interview.


Intern and Co-op Benefits

  • Challenging and stimulating work assignments in leading-edge technology and services operations
  • Relocation assistance funds for eligible students
  • Housing location assistance provided prior to arrival at IBM location
  • Competitive salaries that increase as additional credits towards the degree are earned
  • Overtime pay at time-and-a-half for hours worked beyond the normal 40-hour week for undergraduate students
  • Paid holidays during assignment period according to site  procedures
  • Five sickness and accident days for assignments greater than 60 work days
    ∑ Additional benefits to be provided upon an offer letter