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Extreme Blue Summer Internship

What is Extreme Blue?

There are summer internships, and then there’s Extreme Blue. Think of it as the opportunity to run your own business, but with the support, expertise and backing of one of the worlds leading technology companies. Extreme Blue at IBM isn’t your average summer internship. It’s 12 weeks of intense creative thinking.

Working in a small team of students, you’ll tackle a real business problem. Your task? Develop an idea to solve it – one that no one else has thought of – and then, turn that idea into a real product. When the 12 weeks are up, you’ll showcase it to our executives, business partners and clients. Expectations will be high and the results will be scrutinised closely. So, it’s not an easy ride – but we guarantee it’ll be an incredible experience.

After all, where else could you do all this?

What Roles do we offer?

What opportunities do we offer?


You'll work in a team with 4 other students - business students and technical students. In these teams your challenge will be to develop the technology and business plan that will bring a new product to life for IBM.

Business roles

You’ll be the one managing the project, keeping the team on schedule and meeting targets and objectives. That’ll involve dealing directly with clients, determining the features your solution will need and putting together a watertight business case.

Business roles are suited to:

People studying a business type degree.

Natural born leaders and expert planners.

What do we look for?

You need to be studying for a business related degree and to have excellent leadership, communication, planning and teamwork skills.

Technology roles

You’ll be part of the team that designs, architects, develops and tests an innovative new proof-of-concept for your client. You’ll work with some true technological geniuses here, too – which will give you the chance to expand your own skills.

Technology roles are suited to:

People studying a technical/scientific/numerical degree, with an aptitude for programming.

True problem solvers – those who can analyse tricky issues and work in teams to solve them.

What do we look for?

You should be studying a technical, scientific or numerical degree and have excellent analytical, problem solving and teamwork skills - along with a talent for programming.


What kind of projects will you work on?

It really could be anything. Here are examples from our 2012 and 2013 intake of students:

What we offer

Look forward to a bright future

The benefits of Extreme Blue will last well into your future career. And, if you’re looking to return to IBM as a graduate, although we cannot guarantee you a job, we’ll do everything we can to make it possible.