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

Role Description

Supporting the GBS Distribution Sector team across our business operations and processes, our client accounts and the internal sector community. In this role our interns will move between different projects and tasks partnering with a variety of teams, including those in the sector go-to-market team, leadership team and on client accounts. In this role you will be provided with the opportunity to experience our business and the industry by participating in industry analysis, marketing, events coordination and communications and client related activities. The role is primarily the Distribution sector management. Tasks involved in the role will vary but may include alignment to key bid teams, industry research, interlock with offerings development, production of management information, data analysis, tracking and reporting.


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • Working on client account projects. From running workshops with clients, working on client proposals, to project management and project delivery related work. Assisting the internal sector and go-to-market team - this can be anything from industry research to general operations and analysis.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I have really developed my professional confidence over my placement, and have been able to better define what I want to peruse as a career post-university. I have had such autonomy to explore the different industries and service lines within consulting, and I have been able to gain experience in the ones that interest me most, so I can really craft my placement as my own.

  • 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 given as much responsibility as I wanted to take over my placement. I had so much autonomy to peruse different opportunities, so there's such a huge capacity at IBM to make the most of your own potential - it'a all down to how much you want to challenge yourself. I have project managed my own teams, represented IBM externally to clients, and presented in front of Senior Leadership.

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

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • A lot - although difficult within a virtual environment, I still felt well-connected with my teams

  • 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?
  • There are amazing people doing great things at IBM to prove why diversity & inclusion is so important to get right. However, there are pockets where sexism and discrimination exist. There is not a good enough reporting and support system to make junior members feel safe and comfortable to raise issues when they occur - especially when landing project-based work relies upon your professional network. This is pushing a lot of younger talent away when such behaviour is brushed aside.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 1/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 1/5

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

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I have really enjoyed my placement, and my experience can be largely accredited to the teams I have worked with - I am always encouraged to make the most out of my placement and to take opportunities to challenge and develop myself as a young professional.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 4/5

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

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

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

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to IBM
  • Be yourself - IBM truly value this and will allow you to flourish if you are willing to step up to opportunities and push yourself outside your comfort zone.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Management Consultancy

9th July 2021

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