IBM Great Minds Student Internships for African Students (Pitch your vision and win an internship in Zurich, Nairobi, or Johannesburg)

Great Minds student internships

Program(s) Offered: IT, Sciences, Engineering
Program Level: Graduate (Internships)
Provider: IBM Research
Country to Work in: Switzerland, Kenya, South Africa

Scholarship Description
The Great Minds initiative is a competition for internships of 3 to 6 months at one of the IBM Research Labs in Zurich, Nairobi, or Johannesburg for students from central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Great minds and great ideas drive innovation. In keeping with IBM’s traditionally close links to universities, IBM is seeking the brightest minds and hottest IT topics for internships at IBM Research. The Great Minds student internships provides students with the unique opportunity to work alongside world-class scientists in the leading industrial IT research organization.

IBM Research is conducting the Great Minds internships for the 10th time. 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.

IBM Great Minds student internships

The program is open to any full-time student enrolled in a Master’s program in:
  • Computer Science,
  • Electrical Engineering,
  • Physics,
  • Software Engineering,
  • Industrial Engineering or
  • 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.

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

Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries, central and eastern Europe, the Middle Eastern countries

Participating Institutions
IBM’s Research Labs in Zurich, Nairobi, or Johannesburg

Fields of work
IT topics at Masters level across a range of disciplines: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Software Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Service Science at a recognized university or college in central and eastern Europe, the Middle East or Africa.

Sponsorship duration
A total 3 – 6 months.

The internships will take place in 2018. 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.

Scholarship benefits
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.

Method of Application
Participants must be nominated by a faculty member. A recommendation letter from a faculty member is mandatory. Submit your CV and position paper (in English, PDF format) to your nominating professor by the deadline date below. IBM will review the nominations received from the professors, from which they will select the best candidates at their discretion. Please don’t forget to propose in your CV possible dates and duration (3–6 months) for your internship.

It is important to read the detailed instructions for students and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information

The deadline for submissions is 16 February 2018

You will be notified by April 2018 whether you are one of the winners.

The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation, with headquarters in Armonk, New York, United States. IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Application Deadline: 16 February 2018
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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