INTERNATIONAL technology giant IBM has been named the best company to work for as an intern in the UK.
The firm, which has its headquarters in North Harbour, Portsmouth, won the Best Employment Experience crown in the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) Awards 2013 category, which is voted for by the interns themselves.
IBM won its category for its Industrial Trainee Scheme.
The judges considered how the interns and business had benefited, the level of support and payment for the interns, and what made the scheme exceptional compared to the competition.
They praised IBM for the students’ hands-on role as ambassadors for the organisation, which involved giving them the skills and confidence to lead a team of nine interns from around the globe.
Vanessa Gough, professional development manager at IBM says: ‘We are delighted to have received this award, which is testament to our commitment to inspiring and developing the next generation.
‘Our interns take on a huge amount of responsibility, get involved in many different areas of the business and often travel. It’s a great opportunity and both parties benefit immensely.’
The NCWE Awards are in their tenth year of recognising and rewarding employers who provide high quality internships to students and graduates.
Categories cover small and large organisations in all sectors.
Winners were announced at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London by Timpson chairman, John Timpson.
Mike Hill, chief executive of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, which runs the NCWE said: ‘Entries are blind judged and, thanks to a rigorous process, standards are high so all of those who made the final cut have done exceptionally well.
‘The final list helps students and graduates identify companies that are providing truly valuable experiences among an abundance of opportunities that have wide-ranging standards.’
IBM missed out on a second award for Best Large Organisation, losing to Fujitsu.