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IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries and is the world’s largest IT and consulting services company. IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and development to shape the future of society at large.

From helping transform healthcare to improving the retail shopping experience, it’s what IBMers do. IBM’s work and people can be found in all sorts of interesting places. Mathematicians, coders, and web designers contribute to creativity in the kitchen (Watson!), rerouting traffic jams, even designing the next generation fan experience in sports stadiums around the world. It’s the kind of thing IBM have been doing for more than 100 years.

Apple. Twitter. Facebook. Hootsuite. Box. These are just a few of the global partners who work with IBM to develop powerful mobile apps and help enterprises make smarter decisions with data analytics and cloud technology.


IBM has a long history of collaboration with the University of Southampton giving both an industrial perspective to strategy whilst also supporting and working on interdisciplinary PhD research projects across a range of sectors from marine and maritime to computer science, computational chemistry and ground-breaking medical research.

A 12-month University Placement at IBM is hard to top. IBM offer Placement opportunities in business, finance, human resources, information technology, marketing, software development and design. And an exciting 12-week Extreme Blue Summer Internship program where you’ll work on high profile projects for IBM clients.

First and foremost, it gets the applicant a global leader’s name on their CV. It’s also a year filled with challenges that will stretch capabilities, give exposure that will kick start a professional career whilst allowing the opportunity to meet truly inspirational people. It’s certainly not easy; IBM are successful because they push themselves hard. After all, it’s a huge business, where complex work is going on in every place you look (and the team will encourage you to explore). But, if applicants are insatiably curious, passionate about innovation and eager to get into the world of big business, there’s nothing like it.

IBM’s graduate scheme will give you everything you need to build the kind of career you want; Challenging projects, real responsibility, world class opportunities and exceptional training and development. IBM offer roles in business, consulting, design and technology. You’ll be able to collaborate with people who are open-minded and excited about the same things you are. You’ll be in an environment that cultivates creativity and individual differences and rewards your best work.

Graduates constantly put IBM among the top UK companies to work for, thanks largely to a reputation as a progressive employer where everyone’s contribution is welcomed from day one.

IBM look for eight specific competencies: Adaptability, Communication, Client Focus, Creative Problem Solving, Drive, Teamwork, Passion for IBM and Taking Ownership. 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 business that you’re applying for. Don’t worry; if you haven’t studied business or IT, IBM are all about the person, not about their background.

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IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. Today IBM UK has around 20,000 employees, bringing innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve some of their toughest business challenges. In addition to being the world’s largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and development to shape the future of society at large.

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