Great Minds Internship Program 2018

Jump Start Your Future at IBM Research – China


IBM Research – China invites global candidates to apply for the 2018 Great Minds internship program located in Beijing and Shanghai. The Great Minds Program is an annual competitive internship lasting for two to six months. Selected students will have the unique opportunity to work with world-class scientists in an open and cultivating environment.

At IBM Research – China, our mission is to ignite scientific innovation, strengthen IBM’s leadership in cutting-edge technologies, and to become a visionary forerunner in industrial research. Established in 1995, IBM Research – China is known as the first research institute founded by a multinational company in China. In October 2008, a second research site broke ground in Shanghai to provide local partners with the best access to IBM’s solutions and capabilities.

IBM’s international reputation for world-leading research and innovation excellence attracts scientists from all over the world. Located in the heart of the emerging markets, IBM Research – China has been leading research innovation across Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Internet-of-Things, and Industrial Innovations for mroe than two decades, establishing itself as one of the most prestigious and well-recognized research institutes in China.

Program overview

Great minds and great ideas drive innovations. As an industry-leading IT research organization, IBM Research – China has been focusing on accelerating innovative collaborations across IBM’s global labs. We strive to stay relevant to our clients by initating high market value projects. Our researchers collaborate with partners in academia in far-reaching projects to reinvent the technological future with critical innovations.

In keeping with IBM’s continuously close relationships with universities, we are seeking the brightest minds and the hottest ideas worldwide. The Great Minds Program intends to offer candidates valuable resources and industry insights. We encourage candidates to become ambassadors of the sciences and share their experiences with the local departments and institutions.

IBM Research – China is focusing on the following areas of research inquiries. We currently offer internship positions in:

  1. Artificial Intelligence: Vision, Acoustics, Conversational System
  2. Environmental: Big Data Analytics & Innovation Solutions
  3. Cognitive Healthcare
  4. Cloud Computing
  5. Internet-of-Things
  6. Blockchain


The program is open to all graduate students (preferably PhD candidates) from accredited universities. Candidates should be in their second year of graduate studies.

All majors are welcomes, with preference to the following research topics. Please refer to our JD listing for details about our current research areas and internship requirements.

Core Artificial Intelligence

  1. Conversational System
  2. Automatic Machine Learning / Deep Learning
  3. AI Perception
  4. Model Compression and Acceleration for Deep Learning
  5. Cloud Computing and AIOps
  6. Natural Language, Understanding and Speech

Industrial Innovation

  1. Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  2. AI for Healthcare
  3. Environmental Research


IBM embraces diversity. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds to apply. Qualified women scientists are highly encourage to participate and apply.

Relocation and Stipend

Interns will be paid a highly competitive stipend compared with other leading companies in China. Additionally, IBM Research – China will provide candidates with corresponding travel and living allowances. Outstanding candidates with excellent internship performance will receive a one-year IEEE membership fee upon completion of their internships.

The exact starting time and duration of the internship will be agreed upon with each candidate individually. We will take into account the candidates’ academic commitments and the availability of our IBM staffs.

How to apply

You can apply for the Great Minds Program at IBM Research – China in our Beijing or Shanghai locations. Participants must submit at least one letter of recommendation from their faculty member and their most current CV. A committee of IBM technical experts will review all applications, and qualified candidates will be notified for interviews. Finalists will start their internship in 2018 on a mutually agreed date. Please don’t forget to propose your possible starting dates and internship duration (2 – 6 months) in your CV.

Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2018.