Leading to Africa: Real World Internship Experience

Dawn Tew and Welela Haileselassie, managers of IBM’s Leading to Africa internship program, share details about the program, the kind of candidates we look for and how to apply.

L2A Egypt Induction - L2A Interns(IMG_1173)

IBMers all over the globe have helped make the world work better and smarter. Today, they continue to collaborate with clients in all industries to tackle the world’s greatest challenges. In Africa, IBM has been changing the way the continent does business for more than 50 years, and as the company continues to grow, more talented individuals are invited to be a part of the program and make an impact in the world.

IBM’s Leading to Africa program was launched in 2014 and it is designed to provide a short-term real world internship experience in major markets, Egypt and South Africa.

How does the program work?

Students participate in the internship program in the country in which they are studying (this is subject to them having work authorization).   Depending on the country and the need of the business unit, the timing of the internship and the length differ. For example, in the US, most of the students do a three-month internship during the summer time. In the UK, the students do a one year internship, with most starting in August/September, and then go back to school for one more year to finish their studies. In France, they do a 3-6 months internship with differing start dates.

Poughkeepsie L2A Interns

For students not based in Africa, the intention is to introduce them to IBM and increase their knowledge and insight into IBM’s strategy in Africa. As such, they will participate in many different development and learning experiences during their internship to educate them and get them involved with activities happening in IBM Africa. For students who are passionate about Africa and want to be a part of the transformation that’s taking place on the continent, this internship opportunity is second to none.

In which countries does the program run?

This program is offered to students in France, Germany, UK, USA, Egypt and South Africa. Full-time opportunities are based on business hiring demand and offered in African countries where there are IBM offices. Particular focus countries include Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia.

What could a participant on the program expect to gain/learn?

Interns will participate in professional development activities, networking events, and executive engagements. As a result, they will connect with global IBMers, learn about the different roles, organizations, and opportunities at IBM, and have a better understanding of IBM’s strategy in Africa.

L2A Egypt Induction - Session with CGM of Egypt Amr Talaat(IMG_1161)
Leading to Africa Induction session with Amr Talaat, Country General Manager, IBM Egypt

What makes this program stand out from other internship programs?

Complementing their internship role, planned experiences will be provided to increase their knowledge and connection to our business in Africa. Upon successful completion of the internship and based on IBM business needs, select students may be offered full-time employment opportunities in Africa.

What have students gone on to do after the program?

After the program, qualified students have received full time opportunities in IBM Africa as researchers, IT architects, project managers, technical sales and client service delivery, etc. Other students have returned for their second internship opportunity with IBM. Some have pursued IBM opportunities in other countries.  One thing is for sure, this program will jump start students’ careers at one of the most successful companies in history and give them every opportunity to excel.

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2016 Interns with Takreem El-Tohamy, General Manager IBM Middle East and Africa

In the next couple of weeks, we will publish stories of students who went through the Leading to Africa internship program. Subscribe to our blog to read about their stories and learn how the program made an impact in their careers and personal lives.

To find out more and apply to the program visit http://ibm.jobs/leadingtoafrica 

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