Call for Applications: 2021 Great Minds student internships/ #IBM/ (#Johannesburg, #Nairobi, #Zurich)

Applicants

The applicants for the 2021 Great Minds internships will receive feedback on their application by the end of February 2021.

Overview

The Great Minds initiative is a competition for 3 to 6-month internships at one of the IBM Research Labs in ZurichNairobi, or Johannesburg for students from central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It provides students with the unique opportunity to work alongside world-class scientists in the leading industrial IT research organization.

The internships will take place in 2021. The exact starting time and duration will be agreed upon with the winning students individually, taking into account their academic commitments and the availability of IBM staff.

IBM will pay the winners a lump sum towards travel expenses as well as compensation that covers adequately the cost of living in Switzerland, Kenya, or South Africa, respectively. IBM will also obtain the necessary visa and work permits for the successful candidates.

IBM Research has been conducting the Great Minds internships for more than a decade. This program also benefits Universities when the Great Minds winners bring back a valuable understanding of real industry problems, knowledge of advanced IBM technologies, and contacts throughout IBM Research.

Eligibility

The program is open to any full-time student enrolled in a Master’s program with a focus on

  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning
  • Applied Mathematics / Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Chemistry oder Computational Chemistry
  • Biology oder Computational Biology
  • Neuromorphic Computing / Networks

at a recognized university in central or eastern Europe, the Middle East or Africa. The students must have a solid command of the English language in both written and spoken form.

IBM is an equal-opportunity employer and encourages applications from both genders as well as minority groups.

We would especially like to encourage qualified women to participate in this competition.

Application

Eligible students will be contacted by their faculty member directly. Application documents include a CV (with name, address, phone number, email address, and nationality) and a short video (approx 3 minutes) where you introduce yourself and explain which project you are applying for (you can apply for up to three projects, please use the project number that is visible under “projects”) . Your faculty member will inform you about the application process.

Deadline

The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2020.

For more information please open this link

https://www.zurich.ibm.com/greatminds/

Participating countries

Africa (all countries)

Albania

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Belarus

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Croatia

Czech Republic

Estonia

Georgia

Hungary

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kosovo

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Latvia

Lithuania

Lebanon

Moldova

Montenegro

North Macedonia

Oman

Pakistan

Poland

Qatar

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Turkey

UAE

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

The program

At IBM Research, we have a longstanding and strong commitment to encourage and mentor the next generation of top research talents. Every year, our twelve research Labs around the world host many visiting academics, scientists and students in the belief that it takes broad collaboration of the brightest minds to create innovations that make the world work better.

With the Great Minds initiative, we want to reach out to outstanding young research talent in the countries of central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We are inviting qualified students to apply for an internship at one of the IBM Research Laboratories in ZurichNairobi, or Johannesburg in 2021 and to take this opportunity to work at world-class industrial IT research centers.

Since launching this initiative in 2007, we have hosted nearly 100 students at our Laboratories for three to six-month internships. The experiences on both sides have been very positive. The winners gain insights into real industry challenges and get hands-on experience that should be valuable to their university and faculty. They bring back knowledge of IBM’s advanced technologies as well as contacts throughout IBM Research.

The competition is open to any full-time student enrolled in a Master’s program in Artificial Intelligence, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Machine Learning, Life Sciences, Physics, Software Engineering or Service Science at the time of application. IBM is an equal-opportunity employer and encourages applications from any gender as well as minority groups. Students must have a solid command of both written and spoken English. Applicants must submit their current CV and a short video to their faculty.

An IBM committee will choose the winners at its discretion. The internships will start in 2021 on a mutually agreed date. IBM will pay the winners a travel allowance as well as compensation that covers adequately the cost of living in Switzerland, Kenya, or South Africa, respectively. IBM will also obtain the necessary visa and work permits for the successful candidates.

Thank you very much for participating. We intend to give the brightest students an opportunity that could significantly boost their future career prospects.

Yours sincerely,

Solomon Assefa
Dr. Solomon Assefa
Director, IBM Research–Africa

Alessandro Curioni
Dr. Alessandro Curioni
Vice President, IBM Research Europe and Africa
Director, IBM Research–Zurich

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