Submission Deadline: 16 February 2015.
Pitch your vision of the most exciting IT challenges and win an internship at IBM Research
The Great Minds initiative is a competition for 3 to 6-month internships at one of the IBM Research Labs in Zurich or Dublin for students from central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It provides students with the unique opportunity to work alongside world-class scientists in the leading industrial IT research organization.
The internships will take place in 2015. 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. IBM will pay the winners a lump sum towards travel expenses as well as compensation that covers adequately the cost of living in Switzerland or Ireland, respectively. IBM will also obtain the necessary visa and work permits for the successful candidates
IBM Research is conducting the Great Minds internships for the seventh 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.
The program is open to any full-time student enrolled in a Master’s program in
- Computer Science,
- Electrical Engineering,
- 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.
Participants must be nominated by a faculty member. A recommendation letter from a faculty member is mandatory.
Students need to submit their current CV and a short position paper (1–2 pages).
The CV should include:
- Information according to the guidelines for writing a CV (see below).
- Three research areas from the lists (Zurich or Dublin) ordered by priority. Please include the reference code.
- Possible dates and duration of your internship: 3–6 months.
The 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 Zurich or Dublin)?
- 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?
How to apply
Submit your CV and position paper (in PDF format) to your nominating professor by 16 February 2015.
IBM University Relations managers in the participating countries and a committee of IBM technical experts will review the nominations received from the professors, from which they will select the best candidates at their discretion. You will be notified at the end of April 2015 whether you are one of the winners.
The winners will start their internships in 2015 on a mutually agreed date. Please don’t forget to propose possible dates and duration (3–6 months) for your internship in your CV.
Guidelines for writing your CV
Your CV must include personal information (name, address, phone number, email address) as well as your education, graduation date, skills, and work experience. Please include also any awards and recognition you have received and other activities you consider important for an industry position. In addition, include three areas of research (from the lists at right) and possible dates and duration of your internship.
You can find examples and guidelines for creating a strong CV at many different web sites, such as Europass Curriculum Vitae.
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