Overview

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?

IBM is now hiring entry-level consultants

  • 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 Service 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

She’ Neil

  • Howard University, Computer Information Systems, August 2014
  • Distribution
  • Designer, Interactive Experience Practice

I was attracted to the CbD program because you enter not just as an analyst, but as a consultant, and therefore have a voice that can effect real change. You are immediately immersed in a team and your opinion is respected. CbD is the only program I found that could give me the breadth of experience needed to accelerate my career. I have always been interested in technology and during my prior internships I worked in IT, but I was craving something more that would enable me to be involved in client's strategic decisions. CbD provided me that opportunity.

Growing up I went to art school, danced, and tinkered with photography, so I was thrilled to be placed in IBM Interactive Experience when I arrived in the CbD program. It allowed me to fuse my passions for design and technology. For a year and half, I worked as a consultant for a large jewelry company rotating in different roles throughout the project. I loved it. I was able to help design, maintain, and manage their ecommerce site which was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people a day. I felt that by working in this capacity and gaining this holistic digital consulting experience, IBM brought the best out of me. My project manager and mentor helped groom me and gave me the tools I needed to succeed.

The biggest thing I have learned from CbD is that hands on experience is the best way to become skilled. I was trained on the job and I feel I can better leverage my talents as a result.

CbD is a terrific entry level program because you can fast track your career with the abundant resources at your disposable. IBM helps you figure out where your skills fit best and empowers you to navigate your future career growth.

She’ Neil

  • Howard University, Computer Information Systems, August 2014
  • Distribution
  • Designer, Interactive Experience Practice

I was attracted to the CbD program because you enter not just as an analyst, but as a consultant, and therefore have a voice that can effect real change. You are immediately immersed in a team and your opinion is respected. CbD is the only program I found that could give me the breadth of experience needed to accelerate my career. I have always been interested in technology and during my prior internships I worked in IT, but I was craving something more that would enable me to be involved in client's strategic decisions. CbD provided me that opportunity.

Growing up I went to art school, danced, and tinkered with photography, so I was thrilled to be placed in IBM Interactive Experience when I arrived in the CbD program. It allowed me to fuse my passions for design and technology. For a year and half, I worked as a consultant for a large jewelry company rotating in different roles throughout the project. I loved it. I was able to help design, maintain, and manage their ecommerce site which was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people a day. I felt that by working in this capacity and gaining this holistic digital consulting experience, IBM brought the best out of me. My project manager and mentor helped groom me and gave me the tools I needed to succeed.

The biggest thing I have learned from CbD is that hands on experience is the best way to become skilled. I was trained on the job and I feel I can better leverage my talents as a result.

CbD is a terrific entry level program because you can fast track your career with the abundant resources at your disposable. IBM helps you figure out where your skills fit best and empowers you to navigate your future career growth.

Tyler

  • Savannah College of Art and Design – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design - May 2015
  • Cross-Sector, Interactive Experience
  • Designer

When I was initially looking at jobs, I was primarily focused on a variety of different branding agencies. What I found was that agencies typically only touch a few different companies and are generally involved in a specific category. I heard that IBM was starting to shift its focus to design. The idea of being part of a large shift in design as well as helping to facilitate change was very appealing to me. The opportunity to work on a wide range of accounts and in a vast number of categories was what set IBM apart from the branding agencies I was looking at.

Working at IBM, I have seen my Visual and UX design skills substantially grow - especially from a business perspective. Having to design for a real client opens up your mind to new ways of thinking: for example, being able to communicate very complex ideas such as app interactions and how users would physically interact with the application. Learning how to present this type of material in a client facing manner that is easily understood has helped to not only make me a stronger presenter but a better consultant. Working with team members around the world has also opened my eyes to new ways of communicating.

What I truly enjoy about the CbD program is that it's a very independent program where you have the ability to write your own destiny with what you want to do. You have two years to foster your skills in an environment that allows you to make 'mistakes' and learn from them to continually improve and grow as a consultant.

Tyler

  • Savannah College of Art and Design – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design - May 2015
  • Cross-Sector, Interactive Experience
  • Designer

When I was initially looking at jobs, I was primarily focused on a variety of different branding agencies. What I found was that agencies typically only touch a few different companies and are generally involved in a specific category. I heard that IBM was starting to shift its focus to design. The idea of being part of a large shift in design as well as helping to facilitate change was very appealing to me. The opportunity to work on a wide range of accounts and in a vast number of categories was what set IBM apart from the branding agencies I was looking at.

Working at IBM, I have seen my Visual and UX design skills substantially grow - especially from a business perspective. Having to design for a real client opens up your mind to new ways of thinking: for example, being able to communicate very complex ideas such as app interactions and how users would physically interact with the application. Learning how to present this type of material in a client facing manner that is easily understood has helped to not only make me a stronger presenter but a better consultant. Working with team members around the world has also opened my eyes to new ways of communicating.

What I truly enjoy about the CbD program is that it's a very independent program where you have the ability to write your own destiny with what you want to do. You have two years to foster your skills in an environment that allows you to make 'mistakes' and learn from them to continually improve and grow as a consultant.

Kathryn

  • Princeton University, Public & International Affairs, 2015
  • Distribution
  • Project Manager for Institute for Business Value Study

Consulting by Degrees was a great fit for me, because it enabled me to shape my career and empowered me with the skills to be effective in all areas I pursued. When I applied to the CbD program, I knew that I wanted to have exposure to both consulting and technology professions, but I was unsure of my exact career trajectory. Through a range of client engagements and the mentorship of my peers at IBM, I have begun to mold a career for myself that fuses to my abilities and interests.

Being a part of this program has allowed me to gain a broad range of experience and has opened my eyes to areas of the technology business that I didn't even realize would interest me. In my first month on the job, I was placed into a business analyst role for a strategy project. Following, I worked with the IBM Interactive Experience group assisting with the design of a consumer-facing mobile app. From there, I went on to help shape a client's mobility business processes. Currently, I am a program manager for a global thought leadership team, in which I am able to provide a millennial's perspective on the future of technology in business.

Having the opportunity to work with these cross-functional teams has allowed me to see solutions from end to end and build a comprehensive skill set. I can now make an impact at each step in the process. In areas where I didn't have prior knowledge, I was trained by the program to be able to contribute to my team in all aspects of consulting and delivery. It is rewarding going to work every day equipped with the skills to partner with clients to solve problems using different techniques and deep industry knowledge.

Kathryn

  • Princeton University, Public & International Affairs, 2015
  • Distribution
  • Project Manager for Institute for Business Value Study

Consulting by Degrees was a great fit for me, because it enabled me to shape my career and empowered me with the skills to be effective in all areas I pursued. When I applied to the CbD program, I knew that I wanted to have exposure to both consulting and technology professions, but I was unsure of my exact career trajectory. Through a range of client engagements and the mentorship of my peers at IBM, I have begun to mold a career for myself that fuses to my abilities and interests.

Being a part of this program has allowed me to gain a broad range of experience and has opened my eyes to areas of the technology business that I didn't even realize would interest me. In my first month on the job, I was placed into a business analyst role for a strategy project. Following, I worked with the IBM Interactive Experience group assisting with the design of a consumer-facing mobile app. From there, I went on to help shape a client's mobility business processes. Currently, I am a program manager for a global thought leadership team, in which I am able to provide a millennial's perspective on the future of technology in business.

Having the opportunity to work with these cross-functional teams has allowed me to see solutions from end to end and build a comprehensive skill set. I can now make an impact at each step in the process. In areas where I didn't have prior knowledge, I was trained by the program to be able to contribute to my team in all aspects of consulting and delivery. It is rewarding going to work every day equipped with the skills to partner with clients to solve problems using different techniques and deep industry knowledge.