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IBM is a global cognitive and cloud company changing the way the world works.

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.

Founded in 1911, IBM has celebrated over 100 years of constant innovation. From personal computers to the barcode, from floppy disks to outer space, IBM has been there.

Today IBM has over 350,000 employees in 175 countries across 7 geographies. In 2019 we recorded $77.1 billion in revenue. 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.


350,000 Employees Worldwide
170 Countries
1911 Founded

Our Internship

Our Kickstart Internship Program is not like any other. Work while you study with 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!

Program highlights

  • 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.

Our Graduate Program

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.

Program highlights

  • 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.

Giving Back at IBM

IBM is not defined by what we make, but by the differences we make in the world. Our innovation isn’t only technical – IBM was one of the first companies in the world to have Environmental Policies, Diversity Policies & Recycling Policies. We understand that responsible and ethical conduct is the best way to grow as an organisation, as a community, and as citizens of Australia and New Zealand.

IBM has been a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for over 100 years. We have embedded corporate responsibility in our business strategy, values and management systems. Our contributions target critical societal issues and leverage our employees’ talent and expertise, as well as our technologies.

IBM’s strategic business priorities are tightly aligned with our social responsibility efforts. Both are focused on making the systems that facilitate life — such as water, energy, food, and transportation — more efficient, accessible and sustainable. Because we have so methodically aligned our service efforts to our areas of business expertise, we are able to engage longer and more meaningfully — including efforts to improve education, healthcare, disaster response, water and food, jobs and economic growth, and urbanisation.

Why we do it

Corporate responsibility enables IBM to provide greater value to all our stakeholders worldwide while delivering shareholder value. It helps attract and retain the best and brightest employees who seek careers in a company distinguished by outstanding Corporate Responsibility practices. Our strong record also provides a competitive edge with clients and helps us gain admission to new markets.

How we do it

Our operations are based on strong ethics and values that define all our decisions and actions worldwide:

  • We lead in environmental practices, developing innovative technologies to minimise our own potential impact, and in solutions to help clients achieve efficiencies in their own operations.
  • We leverage IBM technology and expertise, together with the expertise of partners, to create community programs addressing societal needs in areas such as literacy, health care, and the environment – and we scale them worldwide.
  • We ensure that the suppliers throughout our supply chain adopt ethical business practices.

Corporate Services Corp

A triple benefit: communities have their problems solved, IBMers receive leadership training and development, and IBM develops new markets and global leaders. Since its launch in 2008, the Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program has contributed over 3000 participants on over 275 teams to nearly 40 countries around the world, delivering over $70 million in market value consulting on over 1000 projects.

Red Cross Blood Service

We are strong supporters of blood donation, regularly contributing through our Red25 corporate program and supporting the 2018 Missing Type Campaign. Our relationship with the Red Cross Blood Service started in 2012 and remains strong.

Events at IBM

A big pillar of our CSR is engaging with young people. We host several workshops and initiatives across ANZ where we engage with young people – both high school and university level students – through mentoring, skills workshops and networking opportunities.

Make a Difference Day (MADD)

The mission of MADD is to work and engage with students. Combining our skills with IBM technologies and resources we hope to help students bridge the gap between traditional education and entering the workforce by being ready for 21st century STEM and other careers.

P-TECH (Ballarat)

Our P-TECH initiative partners with Federation University in Ballarat to help provide local young adults with the skills to succeed. Industry mentors support students as they work towards a science, technology, engineering, math-related advanced diploma in addition to their senior secondary qualifications.

Femme in STEM

Our 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 aim of introducing students to Agile methodology and Design Thinking principles through activities. Whilst this event is targeted at women, we encourage anyone to participate.

Work-Life Balance

In today’s competitive business environment, people seek jobs that not only offer financial security but also have autonomy, meaning and the opportunity for development and advancement. People also want time to pursue personal interests and enjoy time outside of the workplace.

Responding to these needs is nothing new for IBM. We’re committed to creating a supportive, flexible work environment which provides principles, guidelines, and workforce options that help our employees effectively manage their work and family responsibilities.

Flexible work arrangements are options that enable employees to meet their personal needs and also permits IBM to deliver on its commitments to IBM’s clients and the business. In IBM’s business environment, these options give IBM increased competitive business advantage by attracting, motivating, and retaining top talent, which in turn increases the quality and availability of the skill sets for our clients. These options also enable employees to work in ways that meet their personal requirements.

IBM provides a Work-Life Toolkit as a comprehensive resource for managers and employees to learn about IBM’s work-life principles, guidelines, programs, and education. It helps employees achieve their personal and individual business goals and support managers in making the best decision when considering their employees’ flexibility requests.

At IBM, we celebrate IBMers for who they are at work and who they are at home. Lisa Weightman is a consultant within our Global Business Services division, an Olympic marathon runner and a mother. Her story shows how IBM is enabling her to be her optimal self.

Inclusion & Diversity at IBM

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 celebrate 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Women@IBM – 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.
  3. 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. It aims to create a strong sense of community and foster a safe, open working environment for all employees.
  4. 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 integrate Aboriginal cultural understanding into IBM Australia fully.
  5. 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 drive and support their group’s activities actively. We are proud of the difference our people make in creating a truly inclusive workplace!

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