The Digital Business Group internship is designed to give high school/pre-college students the opportunity to become an IBM intern and develop the skills, experiences, and networks that are critical to launching a career in the STEM field. For the first two weeks, We were held responsible for designing, building and testing a variety of projects that support IBM’s cloud and cognitive developer outreach activities in the U.S. A total of 7 different projects were given to us which includes: IBM Code Social Outreach, IBM Code Video Marketing Project, IBM Code Blog, IBM Code Influencer Identification, IBM Code Content, IBM Code Local Language, and IBM Code Newsletter Development.
Spotswood’s IBM Summer Intern Experience
This blog has been the hardest to write for me by far… In part, the challenge stems from trying to sum up weeks worth of experiences in just a few paragraphs. Even more challenging, this post marks the end of my internship here with IBM. In the past few days I have been preparing myself for my departure, all the while brainstorming a blog that I could go out on. Well here goes…
My internship at IBM has taught me more than I could have imagined. As the high school IBM intern, I feel my duties were diverse and ever-changing. Sometimes it’s tough to recall everything I have taken in over the past months, but I feel that these are some of the most beneficial lessons I have learned.
What I’ve Learned:
- IBMers stick together: Coming into this position, I felt that I had no idea where my career was going and I lacked confidence about what I could do and what I am really good at. My internship has definitely given me a better understanding of my skill set and where my career may take me but most importantly, I’ve come to learn that I am not alone. This job has taught me that almost everybody is in the same position. Very few college students know what they want to do and it is something that is simply not worth worrying about. I know that if I continue to work hard, things will fall into place.
- To keep writing: This was huge for me. I have always enjoyed writing and always felt that I was pretty good at it. Yet what this position taught me is that I really didn’t have the writing skills I thought I had. Writing takes practice and I simply was not practicing enough. Writing for the web and writing your average research paper could not be more different. I had to learn to adapt a new tone with my writing, something that took a little getting used to. This position kept me writing something new every day and I can say that my writing has improved drastically.
- How to behave in the office: This being my first position in an office atmosphere, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. The environment here at IBM is quite relaxed, yet it taught me how to behave in the workplace. Simply working in the office and getting used to everything here has definitely prepared me for whatever my next position may be. Just observing the everyday events has taught me more about teamwork and how people can come together to get things done. Although sometimes I have to remind myself to use my inside voice, I feel I’ve adapted to the office life relatively well.
- How to build my resume: Like I said, this internship has improved my skills a ton, both off paper and on paper. I didn’t realize it all this time, but this position served not only as a positive learning experience, but a resume builder as well. I came into the internship with a resume that was basically naked, now I am leaving and I have lots of updating to do. My resume doesn’t need a makeover, it needs to be restarted from scratch. And that’s a good thing! I underestimated how much work I did that actually translates to my resume.
As I leave, I want to thank anyone who has been reading our blogs and I’d also like to thank everyone here at IBM who has helped me out. This has truly been a great learning experience. I’ll be forever indebted to those who gave me a hand here. As far as your internship goes, remember to always be friendly, work hard, and ask questions. Always ask questions. Hopefully you come away from your internship with as much as I did if you choose to participate in it. Thanks everyone and enjoy the rest of summer!
Jack’s IBM Summer Intern Experience
This internship at IBM this summer was better than I could have ever imagined. Over the course of three months, we have had so many different projects that really helped us to explore the different technologies that IBM uses. Technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence that challenge us every step of the way. My favorite project was this one, the marketing and blogging project. It allows me to relieve stress and talk about all the different things that we have done here at IBM, which includes executive speaker visits, our other projects and my favorite, the team building activities. This variety of events made it a really, exhilarating time to work at IBM.
Even our mentors, Dianne and Ashley, were supportive since day one. They always found new ways of challenging us and making us love this internship even more. One of my favorite parts was towards the end when we went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch along with some of the other project leads. It was so much fun to get to know more about them. We learned so much from Dianne and Ashley and I would love to come back next summer as a college intern and continue this joyous thrill ride.
Aathira’s IBM Summer Intern Experience
Today we presented our final presentation to Willie Tejada! It was so amazing! We went through some of the main projects we were responsible for during this internship, talked about ourselves and what background we come from. We also commented on our internship experience at IBM as a whole! Some of the major points we had were how we reached the goal of 91.3K followers on the developerWorks twitter page and how our unique open rates and click rates for our published newsletters were actually higher than the average amount! A good industry standard is around 18-20% for unique open rates and 1-2% for unique click rates and our newsletters out-performed both which was so amazing!
Willie even asked us some questions at the end about how our career choices have changed or stayed the same since we started working at IBM. I shared that originally, all I knew was that I did not want to be a programmer/coder and I wanted to put myself out there. I always had a small interest in marketing but I never really got of sense of what it is like. But, with our amazing project mentors and leads I was able to take a sneak peek into the marketing world. And I discovered that I really like impacting people all around the world and have decided that I want to dual major in computer science and marketing in college! I find myself super lucky that I got to speak and present myself to an amazing executive like Willie!
Everything has to come to an end at some point and I can’t believe it but this is my very last blog post! My time here at IBM has been like no other and I cannot thank everyone who has helped me through this process enough! My mentors Dianne and Ashley, and all of my project leads have made this internship the best that it could ever be! So many amazing things have happened since we got here!
We got to see Ginni Rometty and Bob Lord in RTP, and I got to present to Willie Tejada! Without everyone’s support here in RTP I would have never gotten such unforgettable opportunities like this! I will always feel very lucky to have represented my school as the only high school intern from Apex High! This internship has taught me so many things about the corporate world and how to be professional! I also learned how to manage meetings, how to create and schedule your own meetings, how to use applications such as Zoom, Oxygen, XML Author, Slack, Sametime and so much more! Janine, who was one of the first people to contact me about my IBM position as an intern, has even invited me and the other interns to be an IBM high school ambassador for a September event which I am super excited about! I really hope that I will get to come back next year and I really hope that future interns read my experience and want to come! Not only was this internship challenging but it was super fun and I got to meet some incredible people! Thank you so much and until next time, it’s Aathira Balu signing off : )
Ron’s IBM Summer Intern Experience
While I may not officially be an IBM intern, I got to work with Aathira, Jack and Spotswood over the course of this summer helping them out with their blog posts. And I got to watch all three of them grow as individuals and professionals in the short time they spent with the IBM team here in RTP! It was great to have them in the building with us because of their fresh perspective on work and the constant reminder that being curious and a life-long learner are very important traits to have in today’s professional world. As someone who has decades of professional experience, it’s really important to never forget that fact, especially in today’s fast-paced world of high-tech.
And I do hope that for any other students looking for a future internship, think about IBM! We may be over 100 years old but we have constantly re-invented ourselves as technology has evolved. From blockchain to AI, IoT and much more, we have the technologies, the expertise and the professional environment to help you become a better technology professional. And maybe even a better person! Because if any high-tech company knows about always learning and re-inventing yourself, it’s Big Blue. Signing off until the summer of 2019…
The IBM Summer Intern Experience Blog
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Welcome to IBM!
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Ramping Up Our Work
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: The Land of Projects
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Executives, Emails and the Electronic Rug
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Influencing and Building Strong Foundations
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Video and Digital Outreach for Developers
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Learning to be our best with resumes and collaboration
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Influencing the Influencers
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: RTP Presentations and Marketing Automation
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Communicating with Clarity
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Email Newsletters and Retirements
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Marketing Ourselves and to Developers
- The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: The Finale