Overview

In the entry level consulting 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 consultants play a critical role in that journey.
With over 1,000 consultants on hundreds of different client projects, the entry level consulting program is an opportunity to experience a variety of roles, grow as a consultant and transform into an IBM leader. You are supported by program managers, peer buddies, project managers and extensive in-person training - beginning with boot camp to develop core consulting skills on day one. Each starting consultant 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. You will receive a collaborative, challenging and transformative experience.

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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.

Our consulting program 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 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

Schools we plan to recruit at this fall:



  • Adelphi University
  • Auburn University
  • Barnard College
  • Baruch College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • 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
  • NYU
  • Ohio State
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • 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

If your school is not listed above, please visit ibm.com/careers to learn more about our entry level opportunities

Carnegie Mellon University

Event Location Date Time
IBM Tabling at University Center University Center 09/11/2018 10AM-2PM
Tepper Meetup 2018 Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon University 09/11/2018 5PM-7PM
Student Athlete Networking Reception Carnegie Mellon University – Legacy Plaza area between Cohon University Center and West Wing 09/11/2018 8-9:30 PM
IBM DAY TBD 9/17/2018 8AM-3PM

George Washington University

Event Location Date Time
GW School of Business Consulting Panel TBD 09/12/2018 TBD

Georgetown

Event Location Date Time
TBD TBD TBD TBD

James Madison University

Event Location Date Time
JMU Tabling Event: Day 1 Showker Hall 09/06/2018 10AM-2PM
JMU Tabling Event: Day 2 Showker Hall 09/07/2018 10AM-2PM
JMU Interview PREP Student Success Center 09/11/2018 9AM-2PM
JMU Lobby Day Student Success Center 09/18/2018 10AM-2PM
CISE Fair Festival Ballroom 09/19/2018 11AM-3PM
On Campus Interviews Student Success Center 09/26/2018 9AM-5PM

Johns Hopkins University

Event Location Date Time
JHU Career Fair Ralph S. O'Connor Rec Center - Baltimore, MD 09/27/2018 11AM-3PM

North Carolina A&T

Event Location Date Time
NC A&T Career Fair Corbett Sports Center 09/12/2018 07:30AM-3PM

North Carolina Central

Event Location Date Time
Career Ready Fest AE Student Union 09/13/2018 10AM-1PM
Mix & Mingle with University Honors Program & IT Eagles AE Student Union: Room 146 09/13/2018 1:30PM-3PM
Career Meetup Session AE Student Union: Room 146 10/03/2018 5PM-7PM
Internship Prep with CS & Business class (CSB 2000) School of Business Building Room 124 08/30/2018 9:25AM-10:40AM
CbD Program Overview with IT Eagles School of Business Building Room 124 08/30/2018 10:40 AM - 11:25 AM

North Carolina State University

Event Location Date Time
Cookies + Consulting Atrium Day EB II Breezeway & Atrium 08/29/2018 11AM-4PM
Meet with ECE Ambassadors & IEEE EB II 08/29/2018 4PM-5PM
Speed Networking Session with IBM EB II Atrium or Talley Student Center 08/29/2018 5:30PM-7:30PM
Resume Roulette with Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers TBD 09/03/2018 7PM-8:30PM
Prepare 4 the Fair with National Society of Black Engineers - What to Wear, How to Maneuver, Avoiding a Resume Scare, & Bringing Flair! Mann Hall Room 307 09/13/2018 7PM-8PM
Computer Science ePartners Career Connections Event Talley Student Center 09/17/2018 12PM-4PM
Design Thinking Workshop with Consult Your Community, Poole College of Management, & College of Engineering Talley Student Center 09/17/2018 7PM-9PM
Engineering Career Fair (tentative) McKimmon Center 09/18/2018 9:30AM-4PM
On-Campus Interviews Career Development Center - Pullen Hall 10/01/2018 8:30AM-4:30PM

Pennsylvania State University

Event Location Date Time
Supply Chain Coffee House Info Session Atrium, Smeal Room 2017 08/27/2018 6AM-8:30PM
Supply Chain Career Fair Atrium, Smeal 08/28/2018 11AM-4PM
IST Career Fair Nittany Lion Inn 09/10/2018 10AM-3PM
IBM Big Blue Event Days Inn 09/10/2018 6PM-8PM
Non-Technical Full-Time Bryce Jordan Center 09/11/2018 11AM-4PM
Intern Fair Bryce Jordan Center 09/12/2018 11AM-4PM
Technical Fair Bryce Jordan Center 09/13/2018 11AM-4PM
#MegaFair Nittany Lion Inn 09/17/2018 12PM-5PM
EECS Day Nittany Lion Inn 10/01/2018 1PM-7PM
On-Campus Interview Day Bank of Amercia Career Center 10/01/2018 8:30AM-4PM

University of Maryland - Baltimore College

Event Location Date Time
Fall Career and Internship Fair UMBC Retriever Activities Center (RAC) 09/26/2018 11:30AM-3:30PM

University of Maryland - College Park

Event Location Date Time
Resume Reconstruction with Engineering Career Services 1131 Martin Hall 09/05/2018 9AM-1PM
Smith School Speed Networking Session OCS Suite (Room 2570) 09/05/2018 6PM-7:30PM
Engineering Speed Networking + Information Session Kim Engineering Building 09/07/2018 3PM-5PM
Industry Night: Operations Management & Business Analytics TBD 09/10/2018 5:30PM-8PM
Joint Fall Fair (ENGR/STEM) and the Computer Science Fair Xfinity Center 09/12/2018 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (STEM/Engineering) 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Computer Science)
Group Case Interview Workshop with UCC Career Development Center 09/21/2018 12PM-1:30PM
On-Campus Interviews Career Development Center 09/28/2018 8:30AM-4:30PM

University of Pittsburgh

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University of Virginia

Event Location Date Time
Career Center and School of Engineering Resume and Career Fair Pitch Marathon Bryant Hall 09/05/2018 10AM-3PM
Career Center and School of Engineering Tech Night Takeover and McIntire Careers in Tech Bryant Hall 09/05/2018 5PM–7:30PM
Career Center Consulting Symposium Bryant Hall 09/07/2018 9AM-1:30PM
UVA -Engineering, Science, Technology Fair John Paul Jones Arena 09/12/2018 10AM-3PM
Commerce Career Day John Paul Jones Arena 09/13/2018 10AM-3PM
Federal Consulting Night Bryant Hall- 1815 Stadium Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA 09/20/2018 6PM-8pm
On Campus Interviews Bryant Hall 10/02/2018 8:30PM-4:30PM

Virginia Commonwealth University

Event Location Date Time
Business Career Fair VCU School of Business Snead Hall & Qimonda Atriums 301 West Main Street 09/18/2018 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Employer Breakfast & Set-Up 10AM-3PM.  Career Fair
Engineering Office Hours (Walk - In) College of Engineering ROOM TBD 09/18/2018 12PM-4PM (during Business Career Fair)
Information Session College of Engineering ROOM TBD 09/18/2018 5PM
Engineering Career Fair Snead Hall Atrium & Qimonda Atrium, 401 West Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 09/19/2018 8 – 10 am: Set up and continental breakfast 9:30 am: Soft opening of the Career Fair 10 – 3 pm: Career Fair 11:30AM–1PM: Lunch
VCU Career Connections College of Engineering ROOM 235 09/26/2018 10:00AM - Coffee hour
On Campus Interviews Business School 10/04/2018 8:30-4PM

Virginia State University

Event Location Date Time
Business & STEM Career Fair Gateway Dining & Event Center 09/18/2018 10AM-2PM

Virginia Tech

Event Location Date Time
Business Horizons Career Fair Squires Student Center 09/06/2018 10AM-4PM
IBM Tabling Pamplin Atrium 09/07/2018 10AM-2PM
CRSC Fair The Inn at VT 09/10/2018 Afternoon
Engineering EXPO Squires Student Center 09/11/2018 All Day
CMDA Club Meeting (Computational Modeling and Data Analytics) TBD 09/11/2018 Evening
Recruiter Resume Workshop Pamplin Atrium 09/12/2018 Morning/Afternoon
On- Campus Interviews Smith Career Center 09/28/2018 9AM-4PM

Wake Forest

Event Location Date Time
Careers in Consulting Networking Night Broyhill Auditorium in Farrell Hall 09/18/2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Conferences and events
Name Location Date Year
Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference Houston TX September 26-28 2018
SWE National Conference Minneapolis MN October 18-20 2018
NENAAC National Conference Pasadena CA October 17-21 2018
SHPE National Conference Cleveland OH November 7-11 2018
AISES National Conference Oklahoma City OK October 4-6 2018

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 consulting 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. This 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. This program 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 consulting 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 the program 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.

IBM has 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 consulting 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. This 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. This program 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 consulting 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 the program 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.

IBM has 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 consulting 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 consulting 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

IBM’s consulting program 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

IBM’s consulting program 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.