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


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • Working with various clients, day to day creating wireframes, running user testing sessions, creating prototypes, implementing design systems, creating components. All of this contributes to an iterative workflow where work is continually presented to the client and improved upon for the final solution. Working alongside other designers, developers, project managers, BAs.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Prior to my placement I had never experienced this particular type of design. I was very quickly able to pick up a number of new skills due to the high level of learning opportunities IBM provides, as well as the level of responsibility given to me early on. Specific skills include: presenting to and communicating with clients, higher understanding of visual design, UX design.

  • 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?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • 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 a high level of responsibility on the projects I worked on, managing large portions of the key deliverables for various clients and often being a direct point of contact for clients.

  • 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?
  • There are a number of groups within IBM which provide support, i.e. task manager, foundation manager, other interns, the buddy system, colleagues, so I received a high level of support and guidance where it was needed. Additionally there are regular reviews with the managers to ensure that you're happy with the progress you're making and the projects you're working on.

  • 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?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The specific part of IBM I worked within has a culture similar to a start up which allows for a higher level of creative freedom and collaboration with other employees. Additionally the teams are generally small and diverse, again contributing to a higher level of innovation. Overall a very supportive atmosphere where everyone wants you to succeed.

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

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

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 4/5

  • 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?
  • In general I really enjoyed my placement, I was able to develop a large number of new skills and was given a high level of responsibility to work on meaningful projects. Working from home was occasionally challenging but there were the support systems in place to manage that.

  • 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
  • Ensure you have a thoroughly researched IBM and the specific part of IBM you are intending to apply for. This is definitely something interviewers etc. look for, understanding IBMs key values e.g.. design thinking, working in an agile way etc. and show that you're willing to learn.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


Central London and City

13th September 2021

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