• Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

My given role is to assist the sales team by creating demonstrations using the products from the Watson catalogue. I am also responsible for aiding the ICCVE team in the maintenance of their system using languages such as React.JS, PHP, Node.JS. I was also tasked with aiding the Cloud team with building chatbots for clients and creating proof of concepts.


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • My role includes helping the cloud team build chatbots for clients, which would mean preparing questions which would be used to train the chatbot and create proof of concepts. I would manage a technical briefing series which would require me to schedule meetings with subject matter experts, record their presentations, edit and post them. I would aid the ICCVE team in the maintenance of their system using programming languages such as PHP, React.JS and Node.JS


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I learnt how to adapt quickly and be able to figure things out as I go along. Many times I had to create a script in a programming language that I had zero experience in and was under strict time constraints. As a result, I was able to lean Node.JS, React.JS and some Javascript. Due to the continuous learning mentality of IBM, I was also encouraged to do a lot of courses.From this I was able to improve upon my python skills and start building personal projects.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • I was asked to manage a technical briefing series within my first 2 weeks of joining. I had a lot of responsibility in this project and essentially it was kept alive due to me. I was tasked with creating the official website for the series, scheduling times to meet with the subject matter experts, then recording, editing and posting their presentation to the IBM platform. I also had to deal with any technical difficulties that arose during the filming.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 4/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • There was a great amount of support both from my task manager and my foundational manager. There were weekly calls that gave me an opportunity to ask for help and reflect on my progress as an intern. They had a genuine interest in our discussions and wanted to help. When I asked my manager to move to a new team for more projects he helped bridge the connection to whichever part of the business I desired.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 4/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Everybody is friendly, it is not as formal as you might imagine. Everybody is willing to help and give you any advice. It is not foreign for someone to make a mistake so people are quick to forgive. Help and community is available for those who seek it, you need to be willing to talk to new people and open yourself for different experiences. Since the internship was virtual it was tough to gauge the atmosphere but the majority of people I met were positive.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 4/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I enjoyed it very much. I appreciate how I was able to move between multiple parts of the business to pick up multiple different skills. I feel like I was tested many times during my time at IBM but I am happy to have made it through with all the skills and experience I gathered. I believe my industry awareness was significantly developed and that I am now able to confidently walk into my next role knowing I have the skills to succeed there.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 3/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 4/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at IBM
  • 4/5

  • 7. Would you recommend IBM to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to IBM
  • Figure out who you desire to become at the end of your placement, set goals to work towards being that person. Make sure you are constantly checking what you want to achieve against how you are performing, this will give you more clarity and allow you to know how to improve. This is your year and you are in control of how well you do. Do not fear anything, half of the people you meet will forget you, so it is okay to make mistakes.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Computer Science

7th July 2021

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