Internship Opportunities in Software Technology - Why intern with us?


There are many good reasons why you should consider going to IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center in New York for an internship:

  • Do cool research: An internship is a great way to get away for a few months and tackle a new research project. For most of our interns, the internship leads to a paper submission at an international conference, such as PLDI, ICSE, POPL, FSE, IPDPS, ICDCS, SC, ICWS, Middleware, Infocom, SigMetrics.
  • Find good problems: One of the main challenges for graduate students is to find a "good problem", some interesting research question to write a paper about or ultimately do a thesis on. At IBM, we have plenty of interesting research questions in emerging areas that are, almost by definition, relevant to industry, and due to our vast customer base, to society in general.
  • Check out IBM: IBM Research is a potential employer for you after you finish your thesis. We are a leading research lab, with thousands of Ph.D.s working on diverse topics. By spending a few months here as an intern, you can get a feeling for what it's like to work here full-time.
  • Build your network: Whether your career takes you to academia or industry, it is important to know and be known by people in the research community. Not only do many top PL and SE researchers work here at IBM's Watson lab, we also have a vibrant seminar series with talks from external speakers.
  • Live in the New York metro area: The Watson lab is about 35 miles north of New York City. NYC has plenty of famous sights, broadway shows, museums, etc. Spending a few months here is a great way to enjoy a change of scenery and experience a different corner of America.
  • Money: Our interns receive competitive salaries. While living in NY is more expensive than your typical college town, your pay-checks more than make up for that. An internship is a good way to save up some money for the rest of the academic year.
Finally, here are a few reasons why advisors should encourage their students to do internships:
  • It's good for your student: Think of an internship as a learning boost for your student. Sending your students to an internship at IBM helps you in your task of teaching them to do cool projects, publish, give talks, and have their own network. They might even discover the motivation for a thesis topic here.
  • Build your network: Communication between academia and industry leads to work that is both original and relevant, deep yet practical. Having friends or collaborators at T.J. Watson, one of the leaders in PL and SE research world-wide, helps you in producing good grant proposals, papers, and ultimately, graduates.