Overview

In the Consulting by Degrees (CbD) program, you join a cohort of talented and committed colleagues on a two-year journey designed to develop you into a top consultant at IBM. IBM is transforming, and CbDers play a critical role in that journey. As Ismail Amla, Managing Partner GBS NA, says, “One thing I am really keen for CbDers to understand is that leadership expects them to help change IBM.” With over 1,000 CbDers on hundreds of different client projects, the CbD Program is an opportunity to experience a variety of roles, grow as a consultant and transform into an IBM leader. CbDers are supported by program managers, peer buddies, project managers and extensive in-person training --beginning with a 3-week boot camp to develop core consulting skills. Each CbDer is aligned to a practice where they develop subject matter expertise in one or more industries as they work on multiple projects during the two-year program. CbDers receive a collaborative, challenging and transformative experience.

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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.

Consulting by Degrees Roles

Technology Consultant

As a Technology Consultant, you will help design, develop and integrate solutions using best practice technologies, tools, techniques and products our clients demand today.

Enterprise Applications Consultant

As an EA Consultant, you will develop your expertise in one of the following areas of SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, Workday or SharePoint solution suite, and help our clients integrate enterprise-wide data for improved performance and efficiency.

Designer

As a Designer, you will focus on designing world-class digital user experiences in support of our clients’ experience strategies by addressing user needs and the appropriate expression of their brands.

Cognitive Consultant

As a Cognitive Consultant, you will work on cross-sector projects that help clients implement Watson Cognitive Solutions to digitally reinvent their strategy and operations by leveraging unstructured data, driving greater efficiency and the transformation of their entire enterprise through cognitive insights.

Business Transformation Consultant

As a Business Transformation Consultant, you will work on projects that help clients integrate strategy, process, technology and information to increase effectiveness, reduce costs and improve profit and shareholder value.

Analytics Consultant

As an Analytics Consultant, you will focus on defining key business problems to be solved; formulating mathematical approaches and gathering data to solve those problems; developing, analyzing/drawing conclusions, testing solutions and presenting to the client; and enhancing performance by applying advanced mathematical modeling, simulation, data analytics, optimization techniques, and data visualization.

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), Boston (MA), Chicago (IL), Columbus (OH), Dallas (TX), Detroit (MI), Houston (TX), Jersey City (NJ), New York (NY), Philadelphia (PA), San Francisco (CA), and Washington (DC) and metro area. 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

  • Adelphi University
  • Auburn University
  • Barnard College
  • Baruch College
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clarkson University
  • College of William & Mary
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell
  • DePaul
  • Drexel
  • Duke University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Florida International Univ
  • Florida State University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia State
  • Georgia Tech
  • Howard University
  • Howard University
  • Indiana University
  • James Madison University
  • Lehigh
  • Morehouse
  • NC State
  • North Carolina A&T
  • Northeastern
  • Northwestern 
  • Notre Dame
  • NYU
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Princeton
  • Purdue
  • Rensselaer Polytech University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Spelman
  • Texas Tech University
  • TX A&M University
  • UMass-Amherst
  • Univ Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • University of FL
  • University of GA
  • University of Houston
  • University of Maryland - Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland - College Park
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Texas - Austin
  • University of Texas - Dallas
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia State
  • Virginia Tech University
Conferences and events
Name Location Date Year
ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Atlanta, GA September 20th-23rd 2017
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Recruiting Orlando, FL October 4th-6th 2017
Great Minds in STEM (HENAAC) Pasadena, CA October 18th-22nd 2017
Society of Women Engineers Austin, TX October 26th-28th 2017
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Kansas City, MO November 1st-5th 2017

Get to know us

She’ Neil

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

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

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.