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Extreme Blue Technical Internship

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Current Intern - Extreme Blue Technical Intern
Current Intern - Extreme Blue Technical Intern

I have been working at IBM as an intern (Less than a year)

Recommends
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Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Prestigious program that has garnered mention in business strategy books; competitive pay and benefits (i.e. free housing, travel stipends, NYC weekend); brilliant and interesting coworkers; generally relaxed work environment with extraordinary autonomy for interns: you generally set your own pace and level of accountability; good work locations (could be a lot worse than Austin and Raleigh); do a halfway decent job as a technical intern and you'll practically have your pick of full time opportunities.

Cons

The success of your project and the quality of your experience is too heavily dependent upon the engagement of your project mentors (some teams had awesome mentors--others, not so much). Campus-wide perks are terrible (not even free coffee/tea, let alone anything else), too much time wasted on meetings and other bureaucratic proceedings. Executive presentations can disrupt an entire day which is problematic when you have several in one week.

Advice to Management

Be more selective about the projects (and mentor teams) you accept if you can. Avoid project sponsorships from groups looking for cheap labor and do what you can to solicit higher profile opportunities that focus on IBM's strengths (analytics, big data, Smarter Planet type stuff).

Rumor is that a lot of executives think the program is an unnecessary expense, but it's one of the few things keeping IBM relevant to elite CS and engineering students--keep fighting the good fight!

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