I have an amazing opportunity for students who are looking for an internship starting in May (2021). This is your chance to work on cutting-edge technologies, in a fantastic team, and positively impact millions of learners worldwide in the process.
When I asked for quotes from our current interns on the team, here is what they had to say:
“Why are you wasting time writing a post.” — John
“I’m debugging here.” — Samantha
“For Pete’s sake Antonio, it’s 3 am in the morning.” — Tyler
Jokes aside, our current (and past) interns absolutely love their experience in our team at IBM.
In order to make this as clear as possible, I’m going to explain things in a FAQ format.
Q: What are the requirements?
You must be:
- Based in Canada;
- Legally allowed to work in Canada without a sponsorship;
- Enrolled in college or university.
Q: What roles are available?
Software Developer (4 months)(Closed, as we received 400+ applicants for this position.)
- Software Developer (8 months)
Data Scientist (4 months)(Closed, as we received 400+ applicants for this position.)
- Data Scientist (8 months)
- UI/UX Designer (8 months)
Apply by clicking on the links above.
Q: Can I apply for more than one position?
Yes! For example, if you are fine with both 4 and 8-month development internships, you can apply to both positions.
Q: How many positions are available in total?
We are hiring 10 interns in total.
Q: Do I have to be enrolled in a co-op program?
No. Despite what the job postings say, co-op enrollment is preferred but not required.
Q: Is this going to be a remote position?
It’s hard to predict the future when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. These internship positions will definitely start off remote, but there is a small chance (for the 8-month positions, at least) that you’ll be required to go back to the office when it’s safe to do so. The office is located in Markham, ON, Canada. If it comes to that, at the time, out-of-province students will receive relocation assistance.
Q: Who are you looking for?
We are looking for enthusiastic students who are passionate about technology. In my experience, the most successful candidates are resourceful and will employ all tools available to succeed in their job (including mentorship and support from our senior developers and data scientists).
Q: How big is the team?
We currently have about 20-25 people on the team, divided for the most part between data scientists and developers. Half of our developers and data scientists are interns, so we put a lot of emphasis on growing interns into fully qualified developers and data scientists. Most of our full-time regular team members were interns in our team at some point in the past.
Q: I don’t have all the skills listed in the job posting, can I still apply?
Think of the “preferred” skills listed as a wishlist for the perfect candidate. The perfect candidate might not exist, however. So apply if you have an interest in the job and you have at least one or two of the required skills listed.
Q: What’s the hiring process like?
- You apply for one or more positions.
- If we think you’re a good fit, we’ll schedule a 30-minute web interview with me and one of my developers (or data scientist for the Data Science positions). This is a technical interview. You won’t be solving algorithmic puzzles or anything like that. Sample question: What are some of the differences between GET and POST requests?
- If you do well in the first interview, you’ll be scheduled for a soft skills interview with me and my manager (an IBM CTO). This interview is even less stressful than the first one. It’s mostly about getting to know you better, your interests, ambitions, etc. Above all, it’s an opportunity for you to learn much more about our team, what we do, and for you to ask questions freely.
- If you did well in both interviews, we’ll inform HR that we want to proceed with you. So the rest is just paperwork.
We don’t have a whole lot of time. May is coming fast. So if you are interested, seize the opportunity and apply now for an internship at IBM! I look forward to speaking with you.
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