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Overview for Employers

The IBM System z 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 System z Job Board is a resource to connect IBM System z 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.


IBM provides world-class IBM mainframe technology to help today's enterprises respond quickly to evolving business conditions and with extreme flexibility. From automation to advanced virtualization technologies and open industry standards, IBM mainframes help deliver competitive advantages for enterprises contributing and succeeding on a smarter planet.

Operating Systems

IBM System z servers are supported by a multitude of operating systems, such as z/OS, z/VSE, z/TPF, Linux on System z and the z/VM hypervisor.


IBM's technology, solutions and industry expertise can help you find the competitive edge with a sharper understanding of your customers. Our System z solutions combine the foundation of IBM hardware, software and middleware with flexible financing and packaging options to help your business meet and overcome the challenges of doing business in the on demand world. IBM can help you develop a customer-centric view—and assist you in delivering the right solution and the right products.

Additional resources

2014 Master the Mainframe World Championship highlights

View the System z Job Board

To see or post your own System z job opportunities, visit the System z Job Board

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 System z 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)