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Overview for Employers

The IBM z Systems Academic Initiative and IBM Master the Mainframe contests foster education and innovation on the mainframe around the world. These educational efforts not only expose the next generation of minds to a hands-on enterprise computing experience, but also generate a significant group of able and talented programmers ready for IT jobs with the mainframe. This page is a destination for employers looking to hire new mainframe employees, post job opportunities, or support the program.

Job Opportunities & Internships

IBM Master the Mainframe competitors consist of a very select and gifted pool of students. These competitors have the skills your organization needs. The IBM z Systems Job Board is a resource to connect IBM z Systems clients and partners with students learning the mainframe and professionals seeking enterprise computing internships and job opportunities. Please consider posting your opportunities there to connect with top candidates.

Contact IBM

Students, educators, parents, or organizations looking to get involved in Master the Mainframe, please contact us.


Infrastructure matters. Businesses turn to the IBM mainframe for unmatched security, operational efficiency, speed, seamless scale, and lower cost per transaction. The IBM z System, the world’s premier data and transaction engine, is enabled for mobile, integrates transactions and analytics, and delivers efficient and trusted clouds.

Operating Systems

IBM z Systems supports multiple operation systems:


The IBM z Systems portfolio of solutions, along with IBM's deep industry expertise, helps organizations like yours reinvent enterprise IT for mobile, analytics, cloud and security.


IBM z Systems combine leading-edge innovation and unparalleled capabilities to power cloud, business analytics, mobile applications, and the most important workloads.

Additional resources

2014 Master the Mainframe World Championship highlights

IBM z Systems Job Connector

See or post your own z Systems job opportunities

Business partners speak about the contest

"Anyone with a passion for technology – whether its big data, security, cloud or analytics – can find it working on the mainframe. No other platform delivers such an endless set of technologies and opportunities. As IBM advances the mainframe platform and CA Technologies provides the software innovation to run the mainframe, the possibilities grow exponentially."

Michael Madden,
General Manager for Mainframe
CA Technologies

"The mainframe is the bedrock of many of MetLife’s core systems. As one of the largest global life insurers we are excited to see IBM continue to develop global talent around enterprise computing. Good luck with the contest."

David Ditillo,
Vice President, Regional Application Development – Americas
MetLife Insurance

"IBM’s Master The Mainframe Contest enabled Visa to recruit students with mainframe computing skills - a critical success factor in extending the reach and capabilities of our network while at the same time enhancing the security of payments and maintaining high volume / high availability. Without the IBM Master The Mainframe Contest, perhaps we could have found students with aptitude – but participation in this program demonstrates a student’s interest in mainframe computing which, to us, translates to a wise long-term investment."

Jeff Gill,
Senior Director, Switching Systems
Visa Inc

"In a world where so many see the need to chase a fad, some things are just fundamentally correct. In the case of large scale computing, the mainframe has proven to be clearly fundamental to business. That is why BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina continues to innovate and drive our business on the mainframe and now helps lead the charge, along with IBM, in supporting the advancement of academics to address the need for growing IT talent."

Lonnie Emard,

"The Master the Mainframe Contest is a great way to get the millennial generation excited about enterprise computing. I've been following the contest for a number of years and had success hiring from the contest and z Systems Academic Initiative."

Martin Kennedy,
Managing Director, Global Enterprise Systems

My Mainframe career begins now!

Dontrell Harris of MetLife shares his experience with IBM's Master the Mainframe contest at Mainframe50. (00:04:48)