Deadline: 10 December 2012
Open to: full-time students enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in computer science, electrical engineering, physics, software engineering, industrial engineering and service science at a recognized university in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey, UAE, and Ukraine.
Remuneration: cost of living expenses in Switzerland or Israel, plus travel expenses
The Great Minds initiative is a competition for 3 to 6-month internships at IBM Research in Zurich and Haifa 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 2013. 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 or in Israel, respectively. IBM will also obtain the necessary visa and work permits for the successful candidates.
IBM Research is conducting the Great Minds internships for the sixth time. The experiences on both sides have been very positive. This program also benefits faculty members when the Great Minds winners bring back to their universities or departments a valuable understanding of real industry problems, knowledge of advanced IBM technologies, and contacts throughout IBM Research.
The program is open to any full-time student enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in computer science, electrical engineering, physics, software engineering, industrial engineering and service science 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.
Participating countries are: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey, UAE, and Ukraine.
IBM is an equal-opportunity employer and encourages applications from both genders as well as minority groups.
They would especially like to encourage qualified women to participate in this competition.
Participants must be nominated by a faculty member. A recommendation letter from your faculty member is mandatory. Submit your CV and position paper (in PDF format) to your nominating professor by 10 December 2012.
The CV should include:
- Personal information (name, address, phone number, email address) as well as your education, graduation date, skills, and work experience. Please include also any awards and recognition you have received and other activities you consider important for an industry position. In addition, include three areas of research and possible dates and duration of your internship.
- Three research areas from the lists (Zurich or Haifa) or open student positions (Haifa only) ordered by priority. Please include the reference code.
- Possible dates and duration of your internship: 3 months (Haifa) or 3–6 months (Zurich).
- You can find examples and guidelines for creating a strong CV at many different web sites, such as Europass Curriculum Vitae.
The position paper (1–2 pages) should address the following points:
- What do you see as the most interesting and relevant applications in your areas of interest (selected from the lists at official website below)?
- In your opinion, what are the most important technical challenges in these applications?
- What do you personally want to achieve in these fields?
- What would you like to accomplish during an internship at IBM Research?
This is not a quiz — there are no right or wrong answers. They encourage you to express your own views and to propose creative and innovative ideas that could be turned into concrete projects. You should inform yourself about the research areas at IBM Research – Zurich or Haifa to understand what kind of projects might be possible to work on. However, they do not require that you focus on those areas when writing your position paper.
Your CV and position paper have to be in English. Please submit them in PDF format.
You can find more information and instructions for students at the website HERE.
Your faculty adviser should review the information and instructions on the website HERE and submit your recommendation letter by 21 December 2012. IBM University Relations managers in the participating countries and a committee of IBM technical experts will review the nominations received from the professors, from which they will select the best candidates at their discretion. You will be notified at the end of February 2013 whether you are one of the winners.
For more information, please see the original call for applications HERE.