Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Things learned from hiring interns for IBM

Our team recently hired two new co-op students. My colleague Antonio has written up his experience taking care of the details:
A few months ago I blogged about the fact that IBM was looking for two interns to fill a long-term (paid) internship. The good news is that after an extensive selection process and a hearty dose of governmental bureaucracy (which is not unusual when relocating countries), two students have finally been able to join our DB2 team at the lab.

In case you are curious about who the students are, they’re Marius Butuc from Romania, and Henrique Zambon from Brazil. They’re good guys, feel free to follow them on Twitter (even though Henrique’s stream may be more interesting to you if you speak Portuguese).

The selection process

I received about 100 resumes from students around the globe who wanted to apply for the internship. Of those, I invited the 50 most promising applicants to have an initial phone interview, as I wanted to give a fair chance to everyone (yet at the same time, I didn’t want get the hopes up of those who clearly didn’t have a shot, and thus the remaining applicants were informed that they hadn’t made the initial cut).

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Cheers,

Leons Petrazickis
DB2 Community Team

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