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IBM Z Ambassadors–or, ZAmbassadors–are volunteers who play a key role in the IBM Z student community. Our ZAmbassadors help:

  • Build the IBM Z student community
  • Spread the word about Master and Mainframe (MTM) and other learning opportunities with members of their campus communities
  • Advocate for IBM Z Enterprise Computing


Grow Your Skills

Grow your skills through experience like community building, networking, event planning and more.

Build Your Resume

Gain valuable experience that you can showcase to future employers. Plus, earn special badges just for ZAmbassadors.

Expand Your Network

Network with faculty, other students, industry influencers, and top employers. Connect to your campus community plus make international connections.


ZAmbassador Spotlight

Chloë Allen-Ede and Lella Violet Halloum

Chloë Allen-Ede and Lella Halloum saw a need: with the shift to virtual learning due to COVID-19, students were hungry for opportunities to connect with each other and prepare them for the future world of work. The two students sprung into action and created the zStudents webinar series. Over a period of 10 weeks, they brought together over 1.5K students and welcomed over 20 industry experts for lively conversations ranging from recruitment to tech for good.

Chloë Allen-Ede

IBM Student Hub Senator and ZAmbassador

What was your favorite thing about the event series that you created?

The fact that the industry experts we got on the webinars were so open and wanted to chat to us students. I think there is always this fear that the experts are too busy for answering students questions and so it was really encouraging to all those who attended to be able to engage and learn so much from them. Seeing the communication between students and those working was really inspiring. Hearing the feedback we got after the webinar showed what a difference having this sort of student-to-industry relationship could make.

What do you enjoy most about the ZAmbassador program?

Having all these opportunities available to me and being able to connect with my fellow nerds on why Mainframes are so awesome! I get the chance to speak to students all across the world and the program allows us to collaborate together in a meaningful way. We get to learn and help each other, which is something that is so valuable!

Lella Violet Halloum

IBM Student Hub Senator and ZAmbassador

What have been your zStudents highlights?

Connecting 1.5K zStudents all drawn together by a shared passion for technology was sensational — it was like my dream Computer Science class! Hosting our series was especially vital during this anomalous summer as we were all physically disconnected, being part of a global & entirely virtual community made us all feel slightly less isolated.

What do you enjoy most about the ZAmbassador program?

Having the ability to connect with like-minded people from across the globe & expanding my professional network has been insightful. I’ve spoken with several zAmbassadors since I became one & we are like one big family — despite our differences we all share an eagerness to inspire technologists into enterprise computing & that drive unites us. This was particularly poignant when we hosted our zStudents episode: ‘Is Computer Science For Me?’ as hearing the journeys of zAmbassadors in the field & their energy for technology was infectious!


  • Custom badges just for ambassadors
  • Showcase ambassador achievements, involvement, and skills through Slack, social and newsletter
  • Provide opportunities to write blog articles, leading to higher visibility
  • Special ambassador swag
  • Introductions to IBM recruiters when you are near to graduation
  • Mentorship calls with IBM staffers


  • Be our presence at your university and advocate for IBM
  • Host a Master the Mainframe workshop
  • Promote IBM Z events and Master the Mainframe through your social media channels
  • Be active on Slack and the Student Hub
  • Bring creative new ideas for events and community activities on your campus


You must currently be a student.
(Not a student? Fill out the ZAmbassador application form and we’ll get in touch about other volunteer opportunities.)

Understand and speak intermediate English

Be able to volunteer an hour or two a week of your time to being a ZAmbassador

Complete at least Levels 1 and 2 of Master the Mainframe (this can be done during the time you are a ZAmbassador)

Have an interest in technology and mainframe computing.