IBM Great Minds Students Internship 2024 for African Students

IBM Great Minds Students Internship 2021 for African Students

Applications are currently been accepted for the IBM Great Minds Internships for Students from central and eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in 2024, eligible scholars are by this notice Charged to apply for this program.

About Great Minds Initiative

The Great Minds Initiative is a 3 to 6-month internship competition at one of IBM’s research labs in Zurich, Nairobi, or Johannesburg for students from Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It offers students a unique opportunity to work with world-class scientists in the industry’s leading IT research organization.

The Great Minds Internships will take place in 2024. The exact start time and duration will be defined individually with the selected students, taking into account their academic commitments and the availability of IBM employees.

IBM Research has been running Great Minds courses for over ten years. The experiences on both sides have been very positive. This program also benefits faculty members when Great Minds laureates provide their universities or departments with valuable insights into real industry issues, advanced IBM technology, and IBM Research contacts.

Great minds and good ideas are the engines of innovation. In keeping with their close ties to universities, IBM is looking for the best brains and the hottest IT and social challenges for internships at IBM Research. You can get an internship at one of IBM’s research labs in Zurich, Nairobi or Johannesburg.

About IBM

IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States, with operations in over 170 countries. The company originated in 1911 as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) and was renamed “International Business Machines” in 1924.

Level/Field of study:

The Great Minds Internships 2024 are available for pursuing Internship for all full-time students enrolled in a Master’s program in Artificial Intelligence/Applied Mathematics/Computer Science/Electrical Engineering/Machine Learning/Life Sciences/Physics/Software Engineering/Service Science at a recognized university or college in central and eastern Europe, the Middle East or Africa. 

Host Nationality:

The Great Minds Internships 2024 is hosted by the countries IBM Research Labs in Zurich, Dublin, Nairobi, and Johannesburg. 

Eligible Nationality:

Great Minds Internships 2024 is open to international students from African countries, central and eastern Europe, the Middle Eastern countries. 

Scholarship Benefits:

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

Scholarship Number:

The number of offers in Great Minds Internships was not specified


The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • 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.

The CV must contain:

  • Information according to the guidelines for the creation of a CV.
  • Three search areas from the list of topics in order of priority.
  • Possible start dates and duration of your internship: 3-6 months.

Your CV must include personal information (name, address, telephone number, email address), your training, the completion date, your skills, and your professional experience. Please also include all the awards and acknowledgments you have received, as well as any other activity that you consider important for a position in the industry.

You can find examples and instructions for creating a solid resume on many websites, such as B. Europass CV.

Position Paper

The position paper (1-2 pages) should refer to the following points:

  • What are the most interesting and relevant applications in your areas of interest (selected from the list of topics)?
  • In your opinion, what are the main technical challenges of these applications?
  • What do you personally want to achieve in these areas?
  • What would you like to do during an internship at IBM Research?

This is not a quiz – there is no right or wrong answer. We recommend that you express your own points of view and propose creative and innovative ideas that can be translated into concrete projects.

Read the research areas of IBM Research – Zurich and Africa Labs to understand the projects you could work on. However, you do not need to focus on these areas when writing your summary document.

Application Procedure:

Participants must be nominated by a faculty member. A recommendation letter from a faculty member is mandatory.

To participate in the Great Minds competition, see the detailed instructions for students in the link below.

  • Send your CV and your position paper (in English, PDF format) to your teacher before the deadline.

IBM University Relations Directors from participating countries and a committee of IBM technical experts review applications received from faculty, from which they can select the best candidates at their discretion. You will be notified by the end of April 2024 if you are one of the winners.

The laureates will begin their internship in 2024 on a date agreed upon. Do not forget to suggest in your CV the possible dates and duration (3-6 months) of your internship.

Visit the Internship Webpage for details

Application Deadline:

Visit the official website to get complete guidelines with all other details of the award at


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