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I'm about to start a one year internship after doing a second year of my CompSci course and I've got 2 really good job offers, but I'm finding it hard to decide which one to pick. As some people here probably have much more experience in the industry than I do I hope you could give me some advice.

The first position is a Software Developer at IBM. The company itself is quite prestigious and will obviously look good on a CV. I guess the role involves coding in Java and working as a part of a team on one of the IBM business products.

The other position is a Software Developer at marine laboratory, a multi-disciplinary research facility, and involves working with scientists on analysis of images of sea waters and atmosphere made from satellites. The coding is mainly in Python and C, and they only use Linux.

Personally I feel more inclined towards the research facility, as I tend to prefer working in a small team of nerds, rather than in corporate environment, having to wear a suit every day. On the other hand, from what I know, IBM offers really good working environment.

It may help to know that I'm going to do Games Development in my final year, so I thought experience of working with graphics and hardcore, lower level programming would be beneficial. But IBM is such a big name...

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Marine lab for sure!
     
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I'd take the IBM job. You have all your life to find that perfect job. It's that first job that opens all the doors
    
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Marine lab for sure!
Figures why would you say that option.
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I'd take the IBM job. You have all your life to find that perfect job. It's that first job that opens all the doors
I Agree, this pretty much sums up my thoughts
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I'd imagine that if you put "interned at IBM" on your resume, you could potentially have a lot of doors open for you.
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IBM job hands-down. Will give you the best edge for future jobs, and the higher-level programming will give you more relevant experience for game developing.

You have to wear a suit while working at IBM? I work for a company that's a similar size and it's business casual here. Even less, on most days .
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I'd take the IBM job. You have all your life to find that perfect job. It's that first job that opens all the doors
Hit the nail on the head, this one did. Another thing to consider is networking potential. You are going to meet a lot more people in high places working the IBM job than the Marine lab. People than can result in jobs later in life.
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I would go for the IBM job - it would open up many more doors for you later on. It's been stated above.
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Go IBM. Place is huge and have a chance to be promoted
 
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