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International Business Machines (IBM) provides information technology products and services worldwide that leverage IT and an understanding of business practices. Headquartered in Westchester County, IBM is the #1 corporate employer of Pace graduates by number of alumni.
The company functions through five segments—Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, Software, Systems and Technology, and Global Financing—and is able to provide everything from IT infrastructure and storage solutions, to outsourcing processes and loan financing to end users. With so many career paths within one company, IBM is also one of the top employers of Pace undergraduate interns in fields as varied as accounting, finance, human resources, information technology, and management.
IBM is consistently ranked among the top largest and leading companies in the world by publications such as Forbes, Fortune, and Newsweek. In 2012, Newsweek named IBM the greenest company in the U.S., and in 2011 Fortune named it the best company in the world for leaders, going above and beyond when it comes to nurturing talent from within the company.
Alumni at IBM maintain close ties with their Pace roots, frequently visiting campus and engaging in programs and initiatives at the University. Paula Summa ’78, ’84, General Manager, IBM Inside Sales, participates in Pace’s Corporate Representative Program that helps foster relationships between alumni at IBM and the University, as well as with current students. She has also participated in the Lubin School of Business’ Executive in Residence Program, where she spoke to students about the importance of technology in creating a smarter planet.
In 2013, Summa served as an executive sponsor at the first annual IBM Business Strategy and Insights Case Competition at Pace, partnering the University with IBM to challenge students to take a closer look at online conversations centered around IBM. Four winning students from the competition were guaranteed interviews for internships and full-time positions within IBM. “I appreciate what I was given [at Pace] and I want to be able to help somebody else along the way,” says Summa.