IBM Great Mind Initiative Internships

Deadline: 20 February 2017
Open to: students from recognised university in central or eastern Europe, the Middle East or Africa
Remuneration: IBM will pay the winners a lump sum towards travel expenses as well as compensations


The Great Minds initiative is a competition for internships of 3 to 6 months at one of the IBM Research Labs in Zurich, Dublin, Nairobi, or Johannesburg for students from central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It provides students with a unique opportunity to work alongside world-class scientists in the leading industrial IT research organisation.
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.


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;
  • 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;
  • They would especially like to encourage qualified women to participate in this competition.


  • IBM will pay the winners a lump sum towards travel expenses as well as compensation that covers adequately the cost of living in Switzerland, Ireland, Kenya or South Africa, respectively;
  • IBM will also obtain the necessary visa and work permits for the successful candidates.

How to Apply?

To participate in the Great Minds competition

  1. Participants must be nominated by a faculty member;
  2. A recommendation letter from a faculty member is mandatory;
  3. Students need to submit their current CV and a short position paper (1–2 pages) Europass Curriculum Vitae;
  4. Position paper (1–2 pages) should address the following points:
  • What do you see as the most interesting and relevant applications in your areas of interest (selected from the lists of topics)?
  • In your opinion, what are the most important technical challenges in these applications?
  • What do you personally want to achieve in these fields?
  • What would you like to accomplish during an internship at IBM Research?

For more information please visit the official web page

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