Founded in 1911, IBM has celebrated over 100 years of innovation. From personal computers to the barcode, from floppy disks to outer space, IBM has been there.
Today, IBM is a global cognitive and cloud company changing the way the world works. We foster a culture of creative, innovative thinkers; people curious about how technology can transform businesses and impact the world. We cultivate a diverse, inclusive team of people wanting to pioneer, reimagine and disrupt the future. We’re driven to stay ahead to be essential to our clients, and this begins with our talent.
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If you’re interested in working at IBM, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when IBM hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.
What do you think of when you hear IBM - Mainframes? Hard drives? The Personal Computer?
We don’t sell tabulating machines, laptops or intel servers anymore - we’re a new IBM, and possibly not like you imagined. For a start, we use MAC’s (yes, really!), and our leaders wear jeans. We apply design thinking – and have the post-it’s to prove it. We enable start-ups to grow and are transforming healthcare – we’re even curing disease! We are defining the cognitive era, and this is just the beginning.
For over 80 years, IBM has been working to solve some of the biggest issues facing Australia and New Zealand. IBM is the trusted partner for Australia and New Zealand’s businesses and governments as they reshape and reinvent using cloud, AI and blockchain within a secure environment. Our clients succeed because of our world-leading researchers, engineers and designers and our deep industry expertise.
Careers are made from experiences. At IBM, those experiences can be diverse, unlimited and far-reaching. IBM has a unique ability to offer employees unlimited options throughout their career to explore and uncover their true passion. IBMers do this by changing job roles, industries, technologies, countries and projects all within the same company!
Join a company where you can make the world work better – we are IBMers, and that’s what we do. With learning opportunities and mentoring you’ll find a wealth of opportunities within IBM to create the career you’ve always imagined. There’re no limits to the opportunities we offer – from design to analytics, consulting to sales, development to marketing.
Whether you’re an undergraduate or a post graduate, right here is where you get a head start. Apply for our graduate and internship programs, and discover why IBM is the place to start your career.
Startwise is our official 12 month Graduate Program, enabling graduates to get up to speed quickly through accelerated professional development. The program is designed to develop IBM’s next generation of business leaders who are ready to take on the changing global environment. World-class learning opportunities, mentoring and a flexible work environment – our Graduates find a wealth of opportunities within IBM to create a career on their terms.
Graduates joining certain parts of the IBM business may also be eligible for additional learning and development programs, including the IBM Associates Program for IBM Services Graduates and the Future Sellers Program for IBM Digital Group Graduates.
- Graduate Orientation; an introduction to the business
- Employee benefits and discounts
- Access to world class training in our IBM Your Learning online portal
- Lunch n’ Learn workshops that offer personal and professional development
- ‘Ignite’ public speaking competition
- The Graduate Network, a ‘social club’ to connect with Graduates across Australia and New Zealand
- Inferno Recognition Competition, awarded to high achieving graduates
- Graduation celebration; at the end of the 1 year program
We have opportunities in a number of locations across Australia and New Zealand. Locations may vary depending on demand and Graduates may at times need to travel between IBM locations and client sites.
Our Graduates are predominantly located across our two Sydney offices (George Street CBD & St Leonards) and our Melbourne office. Smaller intakes may also be located across New Zealand (Auckland & Wellington), Perth, Canberra, Gold Coast, Ballarat and Brisbane.
- Sydney: St. Leonards, West Pennant Hills and Client site.
- Melbourne: Southbank and Client site.
- Other: New Zealand (Auckland & Wellington), Canberra, Bathurst, Adelaide, Perth, Ballarat and Brisbane.
Our Kickstart Internship Program is not like any other. Work while you study with the IBM. Get a sense of our culture and values — and start to see the career you’d like to shape. Our Internship provides you with a strong foundation for future employment – whether you stay with us at IBM.
The IBM Internship is unique. Being an IBM Intern means gaining valuable business experience with an entry level job and exposure to the world’s largest technology company. Our Interns work alongside managers across the business and play a pivotal role in client interactions, providing solutions and honing their project management skills. Interns learn how to work as part of a team in a high-performance environment and are valued for their contributions. Take the opportunity to skill yourself in new technologies and methodologies.
IBM Internships are a 12 month, full-time fixed term contract role. These paid positions available across a variety of functions: HR, Marketing, Logistics, Finance, Consulting, Design, Strategy, Computer Science and more!
- Intern Orientation; an introduction to the business
- Employee benefits and discounts
- Access to world class training in our IBM Your Learning online portal
- Lunch n’ Learn workshops that offer personal and professional development
- ‘Ignite’ public speaking competition
- The Intern Network, a ‘social club’ to connect with Interns across Australia and New Zealand
We have opportunities in a number of locations across Australia and New Zealand. Locations may vary depending on demand.
Our Internships are predominantly located across our two Sydney offices (George Street CBD and St Leonards) and our Melbourne office. Smaller intakes may also be located across New Zealand, Perth, Canberra, Gold Coast, Ballarat and Brisbane.
1. Apply Online
Once you find a role that interests you, the first step is to complete your application online. Remember you’ll need to attach your CV/Resume to the online application, so make sure you have it handy and that it’s up to date.
2. Online assessments
While your application is being screened, all candidates will be required to take two Learning Agility assessments (Cognitive and Personality). A third assessment may be required based on the role (e.g. Developer roles will require a Coding assessment).
- Cognitive Ability Assessment – helps us to understand how you learn, make decisions, and solve problems. You’ll encounter a series of 5 interactive games presenting you with text, numbers and shapes that you’ll need to read and manipulate to solve problems.
- Personality Assessment – helps us understand your motivation and interests. All content is text based and you’ll be presented with a series of statements where you must decide which one best describes you.
- Coding Assessment – helps us understand your level of programming knowledge and ability. You’ll be presented with multiple choice questions and/or a coding interface to solve a few coding challenges. Try out some practice questions here: https://www.hackerrank.com/interview/interview-preparation-kit
Take note of the expected timeframe for the assessment and allow yourself some time to prepare your workspace and surroundings, ideally a quiet well-lit space where you won’t be disturbed.
You’ll participate in a series of interviews that will either be in person or virtual. The format of the interviews (behavioural, group assessment, or technical) will depend on the role you are interviewing for. Regardless of the format, try to relax and enjoy the process. Remember that interviews are an opportunity to showcase your best and full self, as well as your chance to ask questions that help you determine if the role is a good fit for you.
You’ll be notified after your final interview if you’ve been selected for the IBM role!
IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
We strive to continually lead with our values and beliefs that enable IBMers to develop their potential, bring their full self to the workplace, and engage in a world of inclusion. Our willingness to take on issues of equity, fairness and equal opportunity have not only set us apart, but positively distinguished our company and made us a magnet for the smartest and most talented people in the world.
Moreover, diversity and inclusion is part of our DNA. It’s in our culture: IBM’s legacy of diversity and inclusion, combined with our progress, has cultivated a leadership position among our technology peers and others in the business world
At IBM we recognise that diverse ideas must come from a diverse workforce. We have always been at the forefront of diversity and inclusion and our policies and strategies directly support our business objectives, values and practices.
Today, IBM takes advantage of the attributes of its diverse employee mosaic to fuel innovation and reflect the multicultural character of customers across the globe. For every employee, diversity means far more than compliance. Inclusion goes well beyond tolerance. We celebrate IBM’s rich history of diversity in everything we do.
Each year, IBM dedicates the month of August to celebrating the 50,000 passionate IBMers across the globe who participate in any one of 250 Business Resource Groups (BRGs) spanning more than 50 countries.
BRGs are volunteer, employee-led groups whose members share a common interest. BRGs can be focused on any inclusion/diversity area e.g. gender, sexual orientation, people with disabilities, ethnic heritage or generational. Members run events and act as inclusion champions for their focus area - with the ultimate goal of helping all IBMers feel a sense of engagement and belonging.
In Australia and New Zealand IBM currently has five primary BRGs:
- Diversability – a group dedicated to furthering the needs of people with disability. This group has a very active leadership committee and strong connections to the wider community.
- [email protected] – a group which aims to support the growth, development, advancement, and recognition of women in IBM. This group has a very active Executive Sponsor who is driving a strong change agenda.
- Eagle (Employee Alliance for LGBT+ Empowerment) – a group for LGBT+ employees and their allies. This group is a particular focus area for IBM’s General Manager Asia Pacific and aims to create a strong sense of community and foster a safe, open working environment for all employees.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – This group focused on creating and implementing IBM’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) vision and objectives. The overall goal is to fully integrate Aboriginal cultural understanding into IBM Australia.
- Maori & Pasifika – This group is dedicated to weaving te reo Maori and tea o Maori into all of IBM NZ’s culture and practices.
Each BRG has a dedicated Senior Executive Sponsor whose role is to actively drive and support their group’s activities. We are proud of the difference our people make in creating a truly inclusive workplace!
At IBM, inclusion has always been part of our culture, aligning with the deeply-held personal and corporate values we all share IBMers. We have a lot to be proud of, with advocates and leaders within IBM continuing to act as leading voices in the push for diversity and inclusion across our communities.
Our policy of inclusion goes beyond employment practices and protections to celebrate the diversity of our workforce. As a company, we understand that to attract the best talent from around the world, we have to create and nurture a culture where employees can bring their authentic selves to work every day. This culture is critical to our ability to drive world leading progress and innovation.
IBM has and will continue to participate in high-profile debates over discriminatory policy measures across the world. We joined American Express, Google and 11 other global companies in September 2015, for example, to launch the first business-led coalition to support LGBT+ inclusion around the world.
The rainbow logo was introduced in 2017 as a new symbol to represent IBM's ongoing push for diversity, acceptance, inclusion and equal opportunity. The rainbow is recognized worldwide as the symbol of LGBT+ equality, and IBM is proud to fuse it with the emblem that has represented our company for more than four decades. This is a demonstration of IBM's continuing efforts to advance and influence non-discrimination workplace policies consistent with basic human rights.
Locally, IBM was one of the first corporate leaders to appeal to the Australian Prime Minister to legislate for marriage equality, ensuring full and equal legal status for the relationships of all Australians. This support was carried through by the illumination of the sky signage of the Sydney office in the rainbow logo as a public show of support for diversity, equality and inclusion
Pride Month is an opportunity for all IBMers to celebrate and appreciate the sweeping impact that LGBT+ individuals, advocates and allies have had on our global history. June was chosen in recognition of the riots held by members of the LGBT+ community against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969 – an event that helped pave the way for LGBT+ rights. In 2018 local Pride Month celebrations included the creation of a Rainbow Banner in our Ballarat office.
To help accelerate progress, IBM launched a new global program in 2018 called Out Role Models - featuring employees nominated for proven leadership and ongoing work to inspire and support others within IBM’s LGBT+ community.
Our local Eagle (Employee Alliance for LGBT+ Empowerment) Business Resource Group develops and support LGBT+ employer / employee best practices and ensure that IBM continues to represent a talented and diverse workforce.
IBM also offer the LGBT+ Ally Championship Practitioner Badge which can be earned by allies who are aligned with and within the LGBT+ community and have demonstrated a level of volunteer efforts and advocacy representation which support IBM's diversity, talent, and business priorities. Allies actively advocate through actions and activities to create a supportive, inclusive culture.
IBMers are incredibly proud of our company’s long-standing commitment to equality. We will continue promoting and defending LGBT rights around the world. And we will also continue to foster and grow a shared corporate culture in which global diversity – including diversity of thought – remains central to our company and its values.
As a business, we recognise the need to capitalise on the skills and talents of all segments of our diverse community. With four million Australians identifying as having a disability – a figure that will only increase as our population ages we are committed to building the representation of People with Disability (PwD) into our workforce.
Our long term commitment and approach to ensuring that people with disability are represented in our business has resulted in workforce representation across all business areas in the organisation and at all levels. This fact was externally recognised when IBM was named a finalist in the Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year award for the inclusion of people with disability. IBM was recognised for its ongoing commitment to disability employment through its proactive and holistic approach, resulting in disability representation throughout all business units and at all levels from graduate to senior roles within the organisation. In addition, IBM also won the Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association (ASLIA) NSW ‘Organisation of the Year’ award for its commitment to the deaf community in its workforce.
Our proactive approach to employing PwD means this important group is represented across our business. Where needed, we provide accommodations – a modified workplace, specialist equipment or tools – to ensure our PwD employees are able to realise their potential.
We also support video remote interpreting and live remote captioning and encourage hearing colleagues to undertake deafness awareness training. In 2014, IBM appointed a Global Chief Accessibility Officer to further accessibility standards and develop human-centric technology and industry solutions that support PwD.
Locally were founding members of the Australian Network on Disability (AND) – the premier not-for-profit body that supports organisations to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business. In 2016 IBM were proud to be rated as 1st out of all Australian organisations for inclusion of PwD.
Rather than reacting to legislation or responding to social pressure, IBM has always been proactive in its equal opportunity efforts. Its history of innovation and achievement in this area has long been a source of pride for company employees, at all levels, from all cultural groups. Over time and across borders, diversity runs as a common thread through IBM. Our Inclusion & Diversity underlying principles guide the way we operate every day.
The employees of IBM represent a talented and diverse workforce. Achieving the full potential of this diversity is a business priority that is fundamental to our competitive success. A key element in our workforce diversity programs is IBM's long-standing commitment to equal opportunity.
Business activities such as hiring, promotion, and compensation of employees, are conducted without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age. These business activities and the design and administration of IBM benefit plans comply with all applicable laws, including those dealing with equal opportunity. For qualified people with disabilities, IBM makes workplace accommodations that comply with applicable laws, and which IBM determines are reasonable and needed for effective job performance. In respecting and valuing the diversity among our employees, and all those with whom we do business, managers are expected to ensure a working environment that is free of all forms of harassment.
This policy is based on sound business judgment and anchored in our IBM Values. Every manager in IBM is expected to abide by our policy, and all applicable laws on this subject, and to uphold IBM's commitment to workforce diversity.
At IBM women have been making contributions to the advancement of information technology for almost as long as the company has been in existence. Where many companies proudly date their affirmative action programs to the 1970s, IBM has been creating meaningful roles for female employees since the 1930s.
IBM ANZ supports the advancement of women is one of our focus areas. Did you know IBM has had 13 women elected to the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame? We are proud of our female leaders and actively work to inspire the next generation of women in STEM.
Diversity means supporting women’s career aspirations without requiring them to sacrifice their other priorities or compromise their natural working style. We have a strong focus on making our workplace more inclusive for women and to have greater representation of women in technical, leadership and professional roles and in all areas of our business. We have professional development programs, leadership conferences and mentoring programs to advance our female talent into senior positions. In addition, our flexible work options help all employees, including women, to balance their professional and personal goals.
[email protected] – is a Business Resource Group (BRP) which aims to support the growth, development, advancement, and recognition of women in IBM. BRGs are volunteer, employee-led groups whose members share a common interest in diversity and inclusion. Members run events and act as inclusion champions - with the ultimate goal of helping all IBMers feel a sense of engagement and belonging. The [email protected] BRG has a very active Executive Sponsor who is driving a strong change agenda.
EXITE (Exploring Interests in Technology & Engineering)
Camps for girls EXITE (Exploring Interests in Technology & Engineering) Camps are an IBM initiative to help inspire girls to take science and math classes throughout high school and to help them understand how rewarding technology, science and engineering careers can be and how they offer opportunities to be creative, to become a leader and to give back to the community. IBM Australia began holding EXITE Camps in 2001in Ballarat and the target audience is high school girls aged 13 to 16. The Camps are held annually in collaboration with the Ballarat Tech School and Federation University.
Femme in STEM
Our annual free FEMME in STEM events are specially designed by women in STEM for women in STEM. Our aim for the session is to engage with young women across different academic backgrounds by inviting them into our offices for a half day program with the key activity being an Agile methodology activity. Whilst this event is targeted at women, we encourage anyone to participate.
IBM acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples as the Traditional Custodians of our lands.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
We thank them for upholding the cultures and traditions of Australia’s First Peoples.
The goal of IBMs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategy is to close the gap between employment outcomes and opportunities for this community and those of other Australians. We aim to raise participation rates, provide cultural education and ensure we have a work environment where IBMers are proud to be of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Celebrating NAIDOC Week
Every year IBM celebrates NAIDOC week in different locations around Australia. At our 2018 events IBMers learned about the history of NAIDOC week and heard from didgeridoo players Phil Cunningham or Uncle Gnarnayarrahe about their life stories and how the didgeridoo is made and played. Aboriginal caterers provided delicious Aboriginal inspired food including kangaroo pies, barramundi pies, lemon myrtle cheesecake and crocodile green curry tarts – with many of the St Leonards IBMers declaring it the Best. Catering. Ever!
All events supported the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation – with IBMers donating over 500 books for children in remote Northern Territory communities.
IBM recognises that Maori and Pasifika cultural awareness is growing amongst corporate New Zealand as an important part of our heritage and identify.
IBM NZ leaders are active champions of Maori and Pasifika culture and work to weave te reo Maori and tea o Maori into all of our culture and practices. We:
- Celebrate respect for Maori cultural events and customs
- Create opportunities for IBMers to understand and engage with Maori language and culture
- Build relationships with Maori and Pasifika in our business community