The Digital Business Group internship is designed to give high school/pre-college students the opportunity to be an intern at IBM anddevelop 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. We focused on Social Outreach and Video Marketing mostly for these first two weeks as well.

Spotswood’s RTP Summer Intern Experience

The interns have been on several tours and meetings with IBM executives during our time here at the internship. To name a few events that we have done, the interns have toured an agile workspace and data centers. Specifically with the data center tour, we visited the IBM Innovation Data Center. The computing center supports Cloud workloads for IBM clients around the world to support their global businesses. We went behind the scenes to learn about the green technologies used to maintain the data center as well. Moreover, we also walked through the new agile workspace which is designed for collaboration and teamwork. People are assigned to neighborhoods and have shared spaces available for small and large group meetings along with informal discussions.

The objectives of the Agile Workspace tour include seeing an exciting new work environment designed to inspire collaboration and innovation, and understanding the importance of teamwork in all professional roles. The objectives of the data center tour include experiencing a view of a large data center in comparison to personal smart devices, such as smartphones or tablets. Furthermore, we were to be introduced concepts of cloud computing and the hardware behind all electronic interactions; attempt to understand how the data center makes use of green technologies to reduce IBM’s environmental impact on the planet.

 

Other than these exciting tour opportunities, the student intern team has been very involved with the blogs that are being published on developerWorks Blog. We have blogged about the ongoing activities and updates around the IBM summer intern program. We have also blogged once or twice on local technical resources in the RTP area. Just to restate our goal for blogging, we want to get hands on skills for WordPress, the most popular CMS in the world, improve our writing and content development skills, learn the basics of content marketing and promotion and develop relationships into the broader IBM technical teams (learn how to proactively identify, engage, and persuade SMEs to create content).

Jack’s RTP Summer Intern Experience

After a few weeks at our summer internship we met with an IBM professional to discuss resumes, Puay Kua. In this meeting he helped us to make our résumés stronger by giving us advice like helping us with where to put certain sections for it stand out more. For me, he recommended moving certifications up higher since recruiters only take a quick glance at resumes. It’s very important to make sure you stand out and make them not want to miss out on calling you. He also wanted me to phrase my words differently to sound more professional. This would help them to see how much I have learned in these life experiences.

I not only get to work on my resume but got to see the resumes of my fellow interns. This resume review also gave me a chance to learn a little more about them as well. For example, I got to know that Aathira was a part of a club called the Academy of Information Technology. At the end of her junior year, people in the club have to do a summer internship. Many people in her club applied for the IBM summer internship and Aathira was the only one to get in. For Spotswood, I learned about the many different leadership groups he was a part of, including being a XC (Cross Country) captain. Overall, this was a very intriguing experience that helped me better express myself and learn about others.

Preparing for our first RTP Summer Intern presentation
Preparing for our first RTP Summer Intern presentation

Aathira’s RTP Summer Intern Experience

We are on our 6th week here at IBM, and it feels like the time has just been running past us! It seems like just yesterday when I walked into the building for the very first time. Since we are coming closer and closer every day to the end of our internship, we have started to prepare for a couple of presentations as interns! There are two main presentations, but each one is a little different. One of them is a presentation just on one of the projects we have been working on. For this presentation, we decided to present on the marketing and blogging project! We believe we have really distinguished ourselves with this project as we are constantly writing blog posts for employees, future interns and others to read! This presentation will be presented to our project lead, unlike our second presentation which is for a much bigger audience. We will be creating a presentation about our entire internship as a whole to share our stories and experiences to the other interns here in RTP along with our mentors and project leads. We will also have to create a poster with pictures to show the different activities we have done and explain a little about what we learned throughout! This presentation will happen much closer to our end date, but we have already started preparing!

We also got to meet with Virginie, who assigned us another mini project. We each have to create a marketing plan for promoting our individual technologies. For me, I have containers and I have to come up with different ideas on how this technology can be marketed to the public! Virginie has also assigned us with coming up with ways we can help reorganize the WCA (Watson Campaign Automation) Platform, which is used for the creation and publishing of newsletters. We have to present our promotion plan to Virginie on August 6th, and our ideas for the re-org on August 15th.

We all also got to meet with Puay, a recruiter who works in Talent Acquisition! We introduced ourselves to him, and then we received valuable tips and tricks from him about how to improve our resumes! He looked at each of our resumes and told us certain things that we could rearrange or re-word to make ourselves stand out.

 

He told us that it usually takes someone 20-30 seconds to look at a resume and make an assumption about who they are and if they are worthy enough for the position they are applying for. So we learned that our resume should be exactly who we are on a piece of paper. Everything he told us was really helpful and we are planning to keep in contact with him to review our resumes once we have restructured them!

 

The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog

  1. The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog, Welcome to IBM!
  2. The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Ramping Up Our Work
  3. The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: The Land of Projects
  4. The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Executives, Emails and the Electronic Rug
  5. The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Influencing and Building Strong Foundations
  6. The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Video and Digital Outreach for Developers
  7. The RTP Summer Intern Experience Blog: Learning to be our best with resumes and collaboration

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