I lead development of small scale websites (microsites) and delivered them to our clients and partners. I worked regularly with a team of client advocates, as a developer I would never directly communicate with the clients. I participated in daily scrums with the rest of my team and worked with our advocates when our clients sent in new content or updates.
Straight away I was involved with real client work, delivering real content to paying IBM customers. I was also handed responsibility for managing an email TaskID, sorting through emails and replying/forwarding messages when needed.
My task manager organised bi-weekly catchup/mentor sessions which were very reassuring and great for sorting any issues that I had. IBM has a very strong system for support and there are hundreds of experts available that will be more than happy to help.
The culture was generally really positive and warm. Many IBMers I have spoken to have complimented IBMs ethos of allowing people to switch roles if things aren't going quite right. I got the impression IBM likes to invest in it's people - IBM actively encourages participation in THINK events as well as hosting regular expert talks and thousands of hours of online learning available.
My internship was 100% at home which was a major detractor, but besides that I have really enjoyed my time at IBM. From my first day in July my team had fully migrated to a virtual working setup which worked really well. It felt as if we were in the office with how easy it was to collaborate virtually. I couldn't have asked for a friendlier and more supportive team.
Spend some time researching IBM's developing technologies and what markets they are doing well in and where they are expanding. Make sure to stress your soft skills like communication, versatility and resilience as these will take you a long way.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
6th July 2021