Be an IBM intern

IBM's Kickstart Internship Program will give you the skills and practical, on-the-job experience you need to take your career to the next level. Not only will you be gaining real world experience on work that is genuinely changing the way the planet lives, works and plays, you'll also be building an invaluable business network to leverage later. Most importantly, you’ll get a sense of IBM’s culture and values –and start to see the career you would like to shape. The relationships you make, and the impression you leave can help you secure a permanent position with us when you graduate.

The Kickstart Internship offers full-time employment for a 6 or 12 month duration across our business units, with successful students selected based on current university performance, aptitude and potential.


Intern orientation

Start your first day in IBM in an engaging intern orientation where you’ll meet your peers and get to understand IBM’s businesses.


You’ll receive a monthly newsletter to keep you up-to-date with important news in IBM and updates on your Kickstart Program.

Lunch and Learn workshops

You will be invited to workshops that give you extra opportunities to develop skills and learn more about IBM over lunch. Grab the opportunity to learn a new skill and network with your peers.

Speed mentoring

Melbourne and Sydney run an annual Speed Mentoring event, giving Kickstart Program access to IBM professionals from all areas of the business. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with a large number of IBMers and potentially start a mentoring relationship.

Linkedin and community pages

Be a part of the bigger IBM intern community when you join the IBM intern Community Page and Linkedin Group. These are where you can gain access to everything you need to succeed in your Kickstart Program and be connected to past and present Kickstart Program socially.

Intern Network

Run by Kickstart Program for Kickstart Program; organising social and professional events as well as building the Kickstart Program brand across IBM.


To be eligible for our Kickstart Program you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or permanent residency holder
  • Be enrolled in a tertiary degree at a University in Australia or New Zealand
  • Have a strong academic record, i.e. credit average or above
  • Less than 2 years relevant work experience


We have opportunities in a number of locations across Australia and New Zealand. Locations may vary depending on demand and you may at times need to travel between IBM locations and client sites.

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.

*In Ballarat, we have an ongoing relationship with Federation University Australia under the Earn As You Learn program. Find out more.

Andrew Sharp

IBM Intern 2016

“My internship experience with IBM has been one of incomparable value. It has provided exposure to a wide variety of roles, as well as education in fascinating areas that were previously unknown to me. I've been entrusted with responsibilities that stretched my abilities, and challenged me to step outside of what I know, and into what I can achieve. My mentor provided extensive guidance, on both the tasks at hand and my career aspirations. While my intern colleagues gave me encouragement and perspective of the opportunities available in the world. I can say without hesitation, that it has been a remarkable opportunity and crucial stepping stone towards further success within IBM.”

Andrew Sharp