Internships have long been a routine way for students to get a taste of the work-a-day world, and for companies to try win the affections of top talents when they’re on the verge of making career decisions. But there are internships and then there are INTERNSHIPS.
IBM’s Extreme Blue falls into the second category. Groups of four students spend 12 weeks working on a real-world technology problem, writing a business plan, and producing a prototype product or service that might end up being a piece of IBM’s portfolio. Since the program started in 1999, students have generated more than 500 patent submissions, helped create more than 50 new product capabilities, and contributed more than 15 pieces of software to the open-source community. This year, 48 students in the US and Canada participated in the program that wrapped up today with a series of presentations and product demos.
I asked some of the students to describe what was most valuable about their Extreme Blue experience. Here’s what they had to say:
Aya Catalina Ibarra