Frequently Asked Questions
Should I send everything (transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay and application form) in one package?
Please use the online application form to submit your essay and resume, and list of technical courses with dates and grades. Letters of recommendation from your professors should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ask the registrar at your college or university to send your transcript directly to the above email address, or if that is not possible, to the address below:
Dr. Barbara Jones
Chair, IBM URM Research Internship Program
IBM Almaden Research Center
650 Harry Road
San Jose , CA 95120-6099
When will I be notified about the internship?
The IBM selection committee will notify all applicants whether or not they are successful. This normally takes place in early April or before.
Will I get any help in finding a place to live?
IBM provides some housing assistance in two ways:
Suggestions of where to look/lists of actual openings and
Some financial assistance to offset the high cost of housing in this area. Please note that the amount of such payments varies each year, depending on various conditions (local economy, IBM budget, etc.)
The intern is expected to pay for the bulk of his or her housing costs out of the summer salary. Even so, most interns save a substantial amount from the summer.
Are there funds for travel to the internship site?
Yes. Awardees will receive a lump sum to cover relocation expenses. The amount will depend on on from how far away they are moving.
Is laboratory biology okay as a major?
Yes, both computational biology and laboratory biology are acceptable as majors as long as there is a biophysics or biochemistry emphasis.
I'm a math major. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, if you have had some applied mathematics courses or if you math is for a computer science project. Applied math for the physical sciences or computer science if fine, as is math associated with quantum computing.
I'm an Astronomy/Astrophysics or Aeronautics major. Am I eligible to apply?
We do not have any research projects currently in these areas, and your application would unfortunately not be considered.
What kind of project will I be working on?
The types of work possible at IBM Research is described on the following web sites.
Research areas are individually selected for each intern to optimize the match between the skills and interests of the students and IBM's ongoing research programs.
How much will I be paid for the summer?
Interns are paid a competitive industrial salary, which averages around $8000 or more for the summer.
What is the length of the internship?
The internship is roughly 10 weeks long and can be adjusted based on the intern's availability. The starting date is chosen to mesh with the student's school schedule and coordinated with him/her.
What about the due date?
Applications should be postmarked by February 1, 2013. You should inform your professors and the registrar at your college/university of this date, too. Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be sent separately from the application; however, your application is not complete until we have received all materials!
Will I need a car to get around?
Many of the interns at IBM Almaden do not have a car. There are housing opportunities not far from the site, public transportation, shuttles, and bike paths. Grocery shopping is either walking or biking distance for many people. If you come to IBM Almaden and do not have a car, we recommend obtaining a bicycle, as the weather is generally good in the summer (very little chance of rain) and it comes in handy for commuting.
Are students at non-US colleges and universities eligible?
We only accept applications from students attending U.S. institutions. Students may hold any citizenship, not restricted to U.S., but must be enrolled at a college in the U.S. This is because it is extremely difficult to compare grades or course programs from foreign universities. An exception can be made in certain cases for applicants from Puerto Rico, but colleges in all other countries including Mexico are not eligible.
I'm a senior and plan to attend graduate school next year. Can I still apply?
One of the main goals of the internship is to benefit sophomores and juniors as they prepare to apply for graduate school. By the time you would be with IBM for the summer, your applications and acceptance to graduate school would be already long set. Please consider applying to work for IBM during the summer using one of the regular IBM summer positions, advertized on the IBM web page, or see the Society of Physics Students Summer Science Clearinghouse for more listings. .
For information on other summer programs at IBM, and hiring policies in general, please see Careers at Research.