Our greatest assets
are our people
IDC cares about its employees and the community, and we are dedicated to making IDC a rewarding experience for everyone who joins our team. Words our employees most frequently use to describe working at IDC include Innovative, Friendly, Entrepreneurial, and Supportive.
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IDC offers bright and motivated students and opportunity to gain real-world experience while making significant contributions to projects and research in the organization. Each year IDC welcomes undergraduate and graduate students for a 10-week program across all areas of the company such as Research, Consulting, Video Production, IT Services, Marketing/Product Management, and Sales.
Frequently asked questions
How will you benefit as an IDC Intern?
- You will be working for an industry thought leader
- You will develop your intellectual skills and business acumen
- You can expect to be assigned meaningful and challenging projects and tasks
- You will gain broad exposure to the IDC organization and experience working in a matrixed environment
- You will receive regular supervision and coaching
What can you expect as an IDC intern?
- An opportunity to work for the world leader in technology market research and make a direct impact in projects and research
- A dedicated manager who will guide you in your work and help you to become successful at IDC
- An Intern Ambassador, a buddy in the organization, who will serve as a mentor and resourceAmbassador, aka a “buddy”, who is another friendly face in the organization serving as a mentor and resource
- Scheduled weekly lunches with your peers as well as Lunch and Learns on various topics
- A Wrap up session in which you will present your project and accomplishments
What are we looking for in intern applicants?
- 2nd or 3rd year students, or recent graduates, from a nationally recognized and accredited institution
- Strong academic record
- Desire to get real world experience at a world class technology research and advisory organization
- For research positions, students with strengths in quantitative analysis, analytical thought processes, and writing skills
- The ability to commute to our corporate offices in Framingham, MA or San Mateo, CA
What is the duration of the IDC Internship Program?
Typically, the IDC internship program runs for 10 weeks and interns work 30 hours per week in their assigned business unit.
When is the application period?
The IDC internship application process begins in January/February. Intern roles will be posted through our Careers site so please remember to check regularly. If you are interested in an intern position, please send your resume and a cover letter, highlighting your strengths and area of interest at IDC.
Reward & Recognition Program
IDC’s Reward and Recognition Program has been designed as a comprehensive reward system with the aim of reaching all of IDC’s diverse workforce. Through a combination of eight major programs, IDC has incorporated awards that challenge and reward individuals for achieving excellence in different areas.
James Peacock Memorial Award
Presented to the IDC U.S. employees who make the greatest contribution in terms of organizing, conducting, and communicating the results of IDC research to clients.
Alexander Motsenigos Memorial Award
Presented to entrepreneurial IDC U.S. employees who, like our former colleague Alexander Motsenigos, demonstrate the passion, persistence and collaboration needed to launch his/her innovative vision.
Annual Research Awards
Designed to highlight IDC’s Best-Selling Authors, Most Prolific Authors, and other award categories.
Annual Corporate Services Awards
Presented to All-Star employees and a Rookie-of-the-Year within our Corporate Services groups. These awards are designed for those who have demonstrated excellence in their specialty areas throughout the year.
Research Quality Awards
Designed to recognize analysts worldwide who are writing and delivering outstanding, high-impact research documents.
Designed to recognize, encourage, and reward outstanding employee performance in the sales group.
IDC Excellence Awards
To recognize, encourage, and reward employees for outstanding performance and service with IDC. The program recognizes both specific accomplishments and consistent superior performance.
The IDC Mentor Program is one way IDC supports collaboration, professional development and sharing of best practices for our employees. The program entails a one-year partnership with an individual in an employee's common functional area (analyst to analyst) or cross-functionally (consulting to sales). While employees in the Mentor Program are free to focus on any area of professional development they choose, IDC offers the following suggestions to help get them started:
- Career management
- Conflict management
- Cross-functional training
- Global perspective
- Job specific training
- Leadership skills
- Life/work balance
- Navigating IDC
- Organizational development
- Professional/personal achievement
- Team building
Research Fellow, Big Data, Analytics and Cognitive.
"As a Mentee early in my IDC career and a Mentor later on, I believe the program delivers value to both sides of the relationship. It's an opportunity for a newer employee to learn how things get done at IDC as a guide to working through issues and learning from another's experience in a non-evaluative setting. As a mentor, it helped me to understand the perspective of someone with whom I had worked, while sharing the satisfactions and challenges of the research organization that I represent."
Training and Development
IDC believes in investing in our employees through ongoing education. Although IDC offers analyst and sales training, the majority of our training programs are coordinated by IDG, our parent company. Please read below to learn more about the training programs available to IDC employees.
Research analysts have the opportunity to attend ongoing skills training. Multiple sessions on grammar, writing, and forecasting are offered during the course of the year.
Sales training is available for all levels of the sales organization. Sales employees are encouraged to attend classes on cross and up selling, customer service, negotiating, and presentation skills.
IDG Training & Development Offerings
IDG offers Fall and Winter/Spring Training Calendars with professional, functional, and wellness classes. On-demand courses are also offered through a variety of platforms including Lynda, Code School, and News U.
New and veteran employees can take advantage of the professional and management development opportunities offered. Programs include:
IDC Compass helps participants better understand IDC and IDG, gives them access to a wide range of IDC and IDG colleagues, provides dedicated time to focus on their continued professional development, and helps them identify ways to continue to contribute to their business unit and IDG.
The IDG Professional Program
The IDG Professional Program is a development program focused on immersing individual contributors in key leadership development areas with the aim of cultivating leadership at all levels of the organization.
The IDG Management Excellence Program (MEP)
The IDG Management Excellence Program (MEP) is an intensive management development program focusing on core management and leadership development skills.
The Media Management Institute (MMI)
The Media Management Institute (MMI) is a program that examines the functional operations and processes of both print and online publications across IDG business.
The Global Media Institute (GMI)
The Global Media Institute (GMI) focuses on enhancing awareness of the strategic issues and leadership challenges involved within IDC and IDG.
IDC CaresIDC Cares
IDC cares about our employees, clients, and our community. We have a committee of dedicated employees whose mission is to support our communities and charitable causes while encouraging a sense of team unity among IDC employees. This mission is accomplished through various social events and charitable endeavors.
IDC Social Events
Each year, the IDC Cares committee plans multiple social events. These gatherings allow IDC employees to spend time socializing and making new connections, helping to make IDC a fun place to work! Some examples of past IDC social events are a Red Sox Opening Day celebration, an end of summer gathering, a Halloween party, a friendly gingerbread house competition, and a holiday brunch.
IDC Charitable Endeavors
The IDC Cares committee plans one large-scale charitable event annually, along with smaller quarterly events. In the past, the organizations who have benefited from our endeavors include Habitat for Humanity, A Place to Turn, Operation Backpack, Operation Troop Support, BuddyDog Humane Society, the Metrowest Humane Society, SMOC (South Middlesex Opportunity Council), Last Hope K9, Sterling Animal Shelter, Wheelchairs in Motion, and the Metrowest Medical Center.
IDC’s Recycling Program
IDC is doing its part to protect the environment by participating in programs such as beverage container collection for charitable donation, paper recycling, and computer systems recycling.
IDC employees represent a diverse group of cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. In addition, we possess a core set of characteristics and values, which include:
- Forward Looking
- Results Oriented
As the market fluctuates and businesses reorganize, it's up to us to focus, follow, and forecast. It's up to us to lend insight and give direction. By forecasting market trends, analyzing business strategies or supporting those that do, IDC employees have a significant role in analyzing the future. We take our Corporate Values very seriously and embed them in all that we do.
Our Corporate Values:
- Dedicated to the mission of providing exceptional information services on information technology
- Show respect for the dignity of each individual
- Invest in our people through training and career development
- Produce products of the highest quality
- Strive for excellence in customer service
- Keep close to our customers and qualified prospects
- Be responsive to changes in our marketplace
- Keep the corporate staff lean
- Encourage autonomy through a decentralized management style via locally managed business units
- Foster an action-oriented “let’s try it attitude”