2019 Great Minds student internships

Pitch your vision of the most exciting IT and social challenges to win an internship at IBM Research

Overview

The Great Minds initiative is a competition for 3 to 6-month internships at one of the IBM Research Labs in Zurich, Nairobi or Johannesburg for students from central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It provides students with the unique opportunity to work alongside world-class scientists in the leading industrial IT research organization.

The internships will take place in 2019. The exact starting time and duration will be agreed upon with the winning students individually, taking into account their academic commitments and the availability of IBM staff.

IBM will pay the winners a lump sum towards travel expenses as well as compensation that covers adequately the cost of living in Switzerland, Kenya or South Africa, respectively. IBM will also obtain the necessary visa and work permits for the successful candidates.

IBM Research has been conducting the Great Minds internships for more than a decade. The experiences on both sides have been very positive. This program also benefits faculty members when the Great Minds winners bring back to their universities or departments a valuable understanding of real industry problems, knowledge of advanced IBM technologies, and contacts throughout IBM Research.

New! AI for Social Good

We are experiencing an era when everything that surrounds us is captured digitally. This wealth of data offers an unprecedented opportunity to change the world for the better. From reducing or eliminating inequalities, to improving access to healthcare and education, to reducing pollution and our carbon footprint, the opportunities are endless. Two additional Great Minds 2019 projects are focused on addressing these topics using artificial intelligence.


Eligibility

The program is open to any full-time student enrolled in a Master’s program in

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Life Sciences
  • Physics
  • Software Engineering
  • Service Science

at a recognized university in central or eastern Europe, the Middle East or Africa. The students must have a solid command of the English language in both written and spoken form.

IBM is an equal-opportunity employer and encourages applications from both genders as well as minority groups.

We would especially like to encourage qualified women to participate in this competition.


Nomination procedure

Participants must be nominated by a faculty member. A recommendation letter from a faculty member is mandatory.

To participate in the Great Minds competition, see the detailed instructions for students.


Deadline

The deadline for submissions is 25 February 2019.