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The IBM Consulting by Degrees program was developed to help you experience, grow and transform your consulting career with breadth and depth to remain agile in an ever-changing technological world. By providing you with a variety of project and role experiences, and deep skills development opportunities, our consultants are prepared to launch and accelerate their careers successfully.

New digital technologies along with cloud, mobile, analytics and cognitive computing are changing how we engage and work with one another. The Consulting by Degrees program targets high performers and provides focused training, one-on-one mentoring, and career guidance to help you gain the expertise and know-how that you need to become tomorrow’s leaders.

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Welcome to Consulting by Degrees

Waka Kobayashi, a proud IBMer

What does IBM do now?

Experience the Exceptional Opportunities

  • Join an elite development program, unmatched in the marketplace.
  • Be part of a unique and specialized community; connect locally with your peers and managers.
  • Foster your collaboration and networking skills with globally accessible teams.
  • Develop a specialized skillset through experiential learning and a tailored education path.
  • Experience a variety of role(s) and projects, as well as peer-led initiatives.
  • Benefit from customized career planning and mentoring.

Consulting by Degrees opens doors. Take advantage of this opportunity to broaden your expertise among a diverse and esteemed global network of colleagues. IBMers represent some of the most extraordinary, sophisticated and insightful people from around the world—mentors and connections that will continue to propel your career forward for a lifetime.

Opportunities

IBM is now hiring entry-level consultants

We require:
  • Willingness and ability to travel 4 days a week (home on weekends – based on project requirements) but up to 100% travel if business and client needs require
  • Reside within a reasonable commuting distance (generally 50 miles or less) of one of the following cities: Atlanta (GA), Baton Rouge (LA), Boston (MA), Chicago (IL), Columbus (OH), Houston (TX), Dallas (TX), New York (NY) and metro area, Philadelphia (PA), Washington (DC) and metro area, and San Francisco (CA). Please note that location availability is position dependent, and some locations may have limited availability
  • Public Sector positions require U.S. Citizenship and relocation to the Washington, DC metro area
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA Preferred

Think you're a good fit?

If so, we'd love to meet you in-person at one of the many schools, conferences and events that we'll be attending. All candidates must apply online. If we are at your school, you can apply through your school program.

Schools and events

  • Auburn University
  • Barnard College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • College of William & Mary
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • Florida State University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Spelman College
  • Texas A&M University
  • Howard University
  • Indiana University
  • James Madison University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lehigh University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Morehouse College
  • New York University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Notre Dame
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas - Austin
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Conferences and events
Name Location Date Year
Anaheim, CA October 5-9 2016
Houston, TX October 19-21 2016
Philadelphia, PA October 27-29 2016
Seattle, WA November 2-6 2016
Norfolk, VA November 4 2016
Atlanta, GA November 4 2016
Houston, TX November 11 2016
Minneapolis, MN November 10-12 2016

Get to know us

Stephanie Roberts

  • College of Charleston / Computer Information Systems / Graduated 2015
  • Public Sector and Government Industries
  • Requirement Analyst, Functional Tester, Production Support Subject Matter Expert (SME)

During the past year I have worked on an Army Education project, which has given me the experience of being part of a products lifecycle, from the starting point of gathering requirements through implementation, to follow-up in production support. I have taken on various job duties, from meeting with the client to determine their pain points in their daily activities, to creating the product and seeing it go live.  I am currently on the Production Support team as a Subject Matter Expert, which offers me the experience to interact with customers and clients, travel, and be on a team that gives me the opportunity for leadership positions. An added perk of being on this project is my ability to work from home three days a week.

I am enthusiastic about my continuing career at IBM and feel the year of knowledge and leadership opportunities I have had so far will benefit me in all areas of my life.  In addition to the learning opportunities I have had within my project, IBM has done a great job of offering me training outside the project.  During the past several months, I have been given the time to participate in advanced trainings for: Python programming, Agile, and Talent & Change.  

There are also opportunities for you to give back to the company and join a group of like-minded people to organize events.  I have chosen to join PSWNG (Public Sector Womens Networking Group) and am co-chair for the social committee. There are countless opportunities and paths to take in an IBM career and starting out in the CbD program has shown me how to create a solid foundation of skills for my future at IBM. If you would like to be part of a company that has a historically successful history, as well as strives to reinvent itself every day to support its current and future clients, then IBM and the CbD program is the right choice for you.

Stephanie Roberts

  • College of Charleston / Computer Information Systems / Graduated 2015
  • Public Sector and Government Industries
  • Requirement Analyst, Functional Tester, Production Support Subject Matter Expert (SME)

During the past year I have worked on an Army Education project, which has given me the experience of being part of a products lifecycle, from the starting point of gathering requirements through implementation, to follow-up in production support. I have taken on various job duties, from meeting with the client to determine their pain points in their daily activities, to creating the product and seeing it go live.  I am currently on the Production Support team as a Subject Matter Expert, which offers me the experience to interact with customers and clients, travel, and be on a team that gives me the opportunity for leadership positions. An added perk of being on this project is my ability to work from home three days a week.

I am enthusiastic about my continuing career at IBM and feel the year of knowledge and leadership opportunities I have had so far will benefit me in all areas of my life.  In addition to the learning opportunities I have had within my project, IBM has done a great job of offering me training outside the project.  During the past several months, I have been given the time to participate in advanced trainings for: Python programming, Agile, and Talent & Change.  

There are also opportunities for you to give back to the company and join a group of like-minded people to organize events.  I have chosen to join PSWNG (Public Sector Womens Networking Group) and am co-chair for the social committee. There are countless opportunities and paths to take in an IBM career and starting out in the CbD program has shown me how to create a solid foundation of skills for my future at IBM. If you would like to be part of a company that has a historically successful history, as well as strives to reinvent itself every day to support its current and future clients, then IBM and the CbD program is the right choice for you.

Michael J. Matthews - SAP WM & EWM Consultant - SAP Forecast to Produce & Logistics

  • University of Wisconsin - Madison / Industrial Engineering / Graduated 2014
  • Consumer Goods and Pharmaceuticals Industries
  • Warehouse Analyst, Logistics Analyst, SAP WM & EWM Consultant

Within the CbD program, there is huge opportunity for personal and professional development. The project opportunities are very diverse and similarly, so are the clients that you will work for. Different roles and projects will expose you to a wide range of industries and business processes. I learned about the business of logistics and warehousing, along with getting exposure to manufacturing, commercial and procurement processes. CbD has greatly exceeded my expectation of how much I could learn in an entry level position out of college.

The CbD program offers a unique and enjoyable work life balance with opportunities to network and join in fun activities with fellow CbDers from your home office. Each CbD office has a LEAD group, which is an organization for CbDers that organizes and promotes community service and networking events. I participated in several engaging community service events through Chicago Lead. In addition, they organize fun activities like intermural sports and happy hours!

If you enjoy traveling then CbD is for you! I have had the opportunity to travel and see many new exciting places such as San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Washington DC. I even took time on a weekend to plan a day trip to Yosemite National Park while working out near the bay area in California! 

Michael J. Matthews - SAP WM & EWM Consultant - SAP Forecast to Produce & Logistics

  • University of Wisconsin - Madison / Industrial Engineering / Graduated 2014
  • Consumer Goods and Pharmaceuticals Industries
  • Warehouse Analyst, Logistics Analyst, SAP WM & EWM Consultant

Within the CbD program, there is huge opportunity for personal and professional development. The project opportunities are very diverse and similarly, so are the clients that you will work for. Different roles and projects will expose you to a wide range of industries and business processes. I learned about the business of logistics and warehousing, along with getting exposure to manufacturing, commercial and procurement processes. CbD has greatly exceeded my expectation of how much I could learn in an entry level position out of college.

The CbD program offers a unique and enjoyable work life balance with opportunities to network and join in fun activities with fellow CbDers from your home office. Each CbD office has a LEAD group, which is an organization for CbDers that organizes and promotes community service and networking events. I participated in several engaging community service events through Chicago Lead. In addition, they organize fun activities like intermural sports and happy hours!

If you enjoy traveling then CbD is for you! I have had the opportunity to travel and see many new exciting places such as San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Washington DC. I even took time on a weekend to plan a day trip to Yosemite National Park while working out near the bay area in California! 

Brian Miller – Operational Transformation and Business Strategy Consultant

  • William and Mary / Kinesiology and Health Sciences / Graduated 2014
  • Public Sector and Government Industries
  • Operational Transformation and Business Strategy Consultant , Public Sector Interactive Experience practice

CbD was the perfect fit for me, because like most people, I wasn’t sure what I wanted from a career. Rather than focusing on one industry, CbD allows consultants to explore multiple industries and positions before deciding on the path they want to take in their career.

As a CbDer, I have been able to leverage IBM’s robust internal training resources to complete over 350 hours of training - in everything from advanced analytics and cognitive technologies to traditional business strategy and business case development. I have also had the opportunity to gain extensive exposure to all aspects of business development and recruiting – both critical aspects of our business that allow us to better serve our clients.

Being a CbDer and part of IBM means getting to be a part of one of the world’s top consultancies and part of a company that has truly impacted history. In every industry, across the world, IBM is called to partner with our clients to help them tackle their biggest challenges. CbD has allowed me the opportunity to continuously grow – at IBM, opportunities will be placed in front of you, but it’s up to you to capitalize on them. Plus, I’ll be honest, it’s also pretty cool to get to call myself an IBMer!

Brian Miller – Operational Transformation and Business Strategy Consultant

  • William and Mary / Kinesiology and Health Sciences / Graduated 2014
  • Public Sector and Government Industries
  • Operational Transformation and Business Strategy Consultant , Public Sector Interactive Experience practice

CbD was the perfect fit for me, because like most people, I wasn’t sure what I wanted from a career. Rather than focusing on one industry, CbD allows consultants to explore multiple industries and positions before deciding on the path they want to take in their career.

As a CbDer, I have been able to leverage IBM’s robust internal training resources to complete over 350 hours of training - in everything from advanced analytics and cognitive technologies to traditional business strategy and business case development. I have also had the opportunity to gain extensive exposure to all aspects of business development and recruiting – both critical aspects of our business that allow us to better serve our clients.

Being a CbDer and part of IBM means getting to be a part of one of the world’s top consultancies and part of a company that has truly impacted history. In every industry, across the world, IBM is called to partner with our clients to help them tackle their biggest challenges. CbD has allowed me the opportunity to continuously grow – at IBM, opportunities will be placed in front of you, but it’s up to you to capitalize on them. Plus, I’ll be honest, it’s also pretty cool to get to call myself an IBMer!