IBM Tech Re-Entry Program

IBM Tech Re-Entry Program

Return to the workforce the right way. We value your skills and knowledge – we’ll welcome you back and show you why IBM is a great place to re-start your tech career.

 

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About the Program

IBM's Tech Re-Entry Program is for talented technical professionals who took a break from the workforce and are looking to restart their careers. This paid internship will enable you to work on projects that match your expertise, interests, and abilities and could lead to full-time employment.

During your internship, you will have the opportunity to update your skills in a contemporary work environment. You will have access to the latest tools and technologies available and work alongside multi-disciplinary teams to hone your expertise and deliver on client-critical solutions. You'll be able to experience the breadth of IBM resources while updating your expertise, developing new skills and forging new relationships.

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Six reasons to join the program

Working in IBM is always about impact, inclusion, and infinite experiences. But there are more great reasons to join the Tech Re-Entry program.

The program offers flexibility and ease of transition from your break to getting back to the workforce.

A dedicated mentor will help you get up-to-speed with the environment and new technology.

Working with multi-disciplinary teams will enable you to deliver client-critical solutions.

You have the opportunity to update your skills and expertise as you work on real projects with real impact.

Your cohort of like-minded re-joiners will support you as you restart your journey together.

The internship experience could lead to a full-time employment at IBM after you complete the program.

Meet IBMers in
the Program

Meet IBMers in the Program

Don’t give up on your career; own the journey you have taken. The opportunities and pathways have been changing for women. Corporate opportunities are changing to acknowledge and support that women pursue and prioritize goals differently than men.

- Priti, Joined IBM in March 2017

I had concerns about getting up to speed quickly enough on new technologies. The IBM Tech Re-Entry program's orientation session, as well as weekly conference call, provided much needed assurance that I have the ability to tackle the challenges of re-entering the tech industry.

- Anna, Rejoined IBM in March 2018

This program not only helped return me to the workforce full time, it helped me solidify a career pivot into a field I love: data science. Both my manager and my technical mentor were amazing supporters; their voices gave me confidence when I had none.

- Jen, Joined IBM in March 2017

Hear our stories

Hear our stories

After a ten-year break from a career in tech, Priti Shah successfully participated as an apprentice in IBM's Tech Re-Entry program, an internship program that provided her with the support and resources to reintegrate back into the workplace.

Jennifer Howland, IBM Executive for Pathways for Experienced, Diverse Technical Talent, was just named one of Hudson Valley's Women in Business. In this interview, she shares her 33-year career in STEM and why IBM created the Tech Re-Entry internship program.

After taking a parenthood break, Karuna Barla re-joined IBM in 2018 through the Tech Re-entry Program. In her blog, she talks about her experience during her career break, her decision to go back to the workforce, and her journey back to IBM.

Hear our stories

What have you done lately?

After a ten-year break from a career in tech, Priti Shah successfully participated as an apprentice in IBM's Tech Re-Entry program, an internship program that provided her with the support and resources to reintegrate back into the workplace.

How programs for diverse technical talent are formed

Jennifer Howland, IBM Executive for Pathways for Experienced, Diverse Technical Talent, was just named one of Hudson Valley's Women in Business. In this interview, she shares her 33-year career in STEM and why IBM created the Tech Re-Entry internship program.

How I restarted my career after a parenthood break

After taking a parenthood break, Karuna Barla re-joined IBM in 2018 through the Tech Re-entry Program. In her blog, she talks about her experience during her career break, her decision to go back to the workforce, and her journey back to IBM.

Student employment assignments provide you the opportunity to become familiar with IBM's organization, work style, culture and global reach. Salary is based upon the number of credits completed towards your degree. You must provide verification of credits, in writing, from your school, prior to assignment.

Co-op and internship programs are an important recruiting channel for IBM because they help us identify high-potential prospective employees. Participating students are often considered for repeat internships or a long-term commitment of regular employment.

What’s the difference

Internships and Co-ops allow students to apply their knowledge and expertise in their particular field, while gaining experience working for a global enterprise. The result is an experiential education that deepens the students knowledge and prepares them further for their chosen career.

An Internship is a short-term, supervised work experience in a student's field of interest for which the student may or may not earn academic credit. This is generally a one-time work experience for three to six months.

A Co-op is a partnership between the student, university and employer to provide the student with a rich learning experience in their chosen field of study. The length of Co-op experience is typically a semester plus a summer (ex. January to August or June to December).

Types of assignments

Each year IBM offers hundreds of internship assignments within our various business units and Career Paths. Find an opportunity with Watson using our Find your Fit tool.. Then, spend time talking with our recruiters, hiring managers and new hires when we visit your campus.

You can see a full list of all of our opportunities here. You must apply to this site in order to be considered for any role at IBM, even if you interview with us on campus. Check back often, as we do update our job postings frequently

Eligibility

Students must be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university leading to an undergraduate or advanced degree and must be in good standing at their school. Students should be hired into positions related to their degree. Many positions require U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status, although Foreign Nationals will be considered for some programs.

Why Intern at IBM

"I chose IBM because I was excited about the wide variety of opportunities here. There are so many different products to work on and different roles to play. It's also exciting that the IBM products that we work on are used by so many people and businesses around the world." - Rachel F.

"I had the opportunity to expand my skills by applying them on a project that is much greater in size than what could be accomplished in school. I now understand how software is actually developed in the real world and the related processes that go with that, such as talking with the client, scheduling of meetings, testing and preparing a product for deployment." - Steven C.

"A co-op with IBM turned into my entry to a great job as I joined IBM full time this year. During my co-op, I learned a boatload of new technical skills - and a whole lot more! The co-op with IBM was absolutely worth it. It was a decision that has single-handedly affected my life after graduation." - Eric W.

Intern and Co-op Benefits

  • Challenging and stimulating work assignments in leading-edge technology and services operations
  • Relocation assistance funds for eligible students
  • Housing location assistance provided prior to arrival at IBM location
  • Competitive salaries that increase as additional credits towards the degree are earned
  • Overtime pay at time-and-a-half for hours worked beyond the normal 40-hour week for undergraduate students
  • Paid holidays during assignment period according to site procedures
  • Five sickness and accident days for assignments greater than 60 work days
  • Additional benefits to be provided upon an offer letter

You can see a full list of all of our opportunities here.

IBM Design Studio

Are you looking for an internship that feeds your soul?
IBM has just the thing for you in Design Patterns--an intensive software design internship experience that hires the dangerously curious, teaches through participatory learning, prototyping, and reflection, and drives to early outcomes for bleeding edge IBM products and services.

Over the course of the 8–10 week long experience in our Austin Studio, Design Patterners are deployed in small intern cohorts guided by their product team mentors to attack complex problems for real stakeholders. Think of it as the love child of Education and Practice.

  Design Patterners are skilled in:

  • DESIGN RESEARCH
  • USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
  • FRONT-END DEVELOPMENT
  • VISUAL DESIGN

Not all of these at once though. No such thing as unicorns, right?)

The IBM Design Studio champions the voice of the user, our projects are meaningful and multifaceted, and our studio is full of strange and brilliant people. So, quite honestly, there’s a chance you might just be the right fit. Come explore.

Don’t just meet executives, work directly with them! “Design Patterns interns bring talent, passion, and imagination to design that authentically expresses the character of IBM. They’re what we need in the next generation of IBMers.”

Jon Iwata, Senior Vice President Marketing and Communications

We’re now hiring for Fall 2017 (Sep-Nov) and Summer 2018 (June- Aug).

Apply at ibm.com/design/careers.shtml

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