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A VMware Intern’s Reflection on the Community that Gives More

Connect with Ariel Weingarten, 2013 VMware Intern within the Ecosystems Research and Development Team, as he shares his meaningful experiences with the people community at VMware.

 

One of VMware’s core values is Community; a community focused on giving more. With over ten thousand employees it’s hard to imagine a cohesive set of mores standing out. Throughout my internship at VMware, I was pleasantly surprised at the sense of community and my colleagues’ motivation.

Often, the idea of “give more” is confused with giving more of your time, which quickly becomes unmaintainable. Instead, VMware helps its employees to work at a broader scope. The same amount of effort can provide so much more when the whole community is kept in mind.

Some remarkable things can happen when you’re willing to dedicate your time, talents, and energy to work within a larger organization. I’d like to share three examples that illustrate what I mean.

Drinking from the Fire Hose

From the moment I accepted my offer at VMware the giving had already begun. My flight was paid for, my living arrangements were awaiting my arrival, and a classy shuttle and affable driver were ready to take me to my first day of work. After getting dropped off, I was already eager to get started at making myself a worthy investment for this kind of treatment. Little did I know I had only seen the tip of the iceberg.

My first few weeks were filled with connecting with coworkers who provided deep insight on managing virtual infrastructures and VMware’s virtualization stack. It was a truly staggering amount of information; in the words of my mentor, I was having fun “drinking from the fire hose”. This rich educational experience in enterprise virtualization software is rare to have experience in as a student and one that I’m truly grateful for.

Intern Life

Some really great things come about when you try to outdo VMware at creating a thriving people community. After enjoying numerous VMware-hosted intern events, I wanted to give back by helping organize a barbecue for the 200+ interns at the intern’s housing location. The VMware University Relations (UR) Team enthusiastically came back offering to help fund an intern-planned event. I came up with a wish list and was thinking that the UR Team would cover a portion of it and I’d raise the rest from my fellow interns. Instead, the UR Team provided me with a Visa gift card that allowed me to throw a fun and friendly intern owned and operated event for the entire intern class. I was thrilled to see that the desire to give more and a bit of determination are taken seriously and acted upon at VMware.

VMware rewards taking the initiative both in and out of the workplace.

Giving Until the Very End

After four months, I sat at my desk reflecting over my time at VMware. I was a bit bummed out that my time with the company was ending. That being said, I was far from dissatisfied. Working at VMware provided me with some of the most valuable expertise in the industry right now: solving problems with virtualization technology. There are a lot of companies out there looking for this in an employee and one of them happened to call my mentor that day.

He must not have noticed how hard I was reflecting because he asked if I could handle a customer support call. As it turned out, the customer was having some trouble with VMware Server Certification. This was a process that I had become intimately familiar with over the course of my internship. What started as a support call became an interview of sorts and the next thing I knew I had a consulting job at AMD.

By then end, I realized that the opportunities at VMware are vast. If you are willing to put in the hard work, the company steps up to give you more to work with. This synergistic environment leads to positive changes in both the workplace community and abroad.

 

-Ariel Weingarten

 

About Ariel:

Ariel is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Software Engineering at the University of Waterloo. During the summer of 2013 he interned with the Ecosystems Research and Development Team developing a server certification automation infrastructure at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California. He will be returning to VMware to intern in January of 2014.

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A Look Back at the 2013 VMware Summer Internship Experience

At VMware, students are both challenged and rewarded with meaningful work and rich experiences in a collaborative environment that empowers them to architect what’s next. Hear from Kim Hollenshead, University Relations Recruiter as she shares her take on a few memorable intern experiences from the past summer.

Summer’s quickly coming to an end and a good number of our interns have already returned to their university campuses and even more are set to depart from VMware campuses within the coming weeks.

Over the last few weeks I’ve had final week phone calls with some of our interns and each time I’ve started the conversation by asking them if they can believe their time with us is over. Every one of the interns I’ve spoken to has answered with something along the lines of how they can’t believe time has flown by so quickly.

VMware’s typical internship is 12-weeks and the majority of our interns are relocated to one of two major campuses – Palo Alto, California or Cambridge, Massachusetts. This year we also had a handful of students in our Colorado and Austin, Texas offices.

Since the greatest majority of our students head to our headquarters in Palo Alto, we make sure that they have some fun events and learning opportunities to attend outside of their normal intern project work. Some of the things that took place this summer included:

  • An ice cream social where they were able to mingle with the other VMware interns from various universities across the country
  • A kick-off event where they heard directly from VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger about VMware’s three areas of focus: Software-Defined Data Center, End-User Computing and Hybrid Cloud as well as what’s next for the business
  • Various Tech Talks and Leadership Speaker Series as well as a PhD symposium
  • MBA Coffee Chats geared specifically to our MBA student’s interests
  • Service Learning Projects where interns contributed their time to give back to the community
  • Several fun outings including a trip to the Tech Museum in San Jose and Angel Island
  • We also hosted a few events focused on connecting our female engineers to other professional female engineers so they could talk through workplace and career advice

And at the end of every intern season we host several poster and presentation sessions where interns can show off the research and business plans they’ve worked on during their time with us. It’s always great fun to see how much our interns have accomplished and afterward there’s a voting process where the winners receive a fully paid trip to VMware’s premier event – VMworld.

With all the fun and excitement that’s built into the 12-weeks that they’re here with us, it’s always bittersweet to send them back to school, but when we do we can rest assured they’ve both enjoyed their time with us and that they are returning with a larger understanding of the work VMware employees do and the work that we’re architecting for future generations to come.

 

-Kim Hollenshead

 

About Kim:

Kim Hollenshead a University Recruiter at VMware, has held various roles within human resources (HR) since 1997 beginning with that as a corporate recruiter in Austin, Texas. With the evolution of the internet, Hollenshead found herself mesmerized by online social networking and social media and became involved with these outlets in 2005. Today, Hollenshead marries her HR and online social persona by advocating the use of social networks. She envisions them as tools to help both employees and employers in ways that can either better employees’ skill sets or to create value by using online tools to make high impact business decisions.

In October 2010 she joined VMware as a contract Recruiting Consultant and finding candidates to fill Sales, Sales Operations and other various business roles across the US. (www.twitter.com/vmwarekim) and in August of 2011 transitioned to VMware’s University Relations department as a University Recruiter. She’s currently supporting Networking, Security, Virtual Center, VM Cloud Director and Tech Ops business units to find VMware the brightest recent graduates and interns.

When she’s not busy with her VMware recruiting you’ll often find her reacquainting sorority sisters as the VP of Membership in the Texas Hill Country / North Austin ADPi Alumnae Association. She’s a lover of Tex-Mex and anything on Bravo TV and enjoys gardening, cooking, paper crafting, making jewelry and hanging out with her 3 dogs and a cat that has the personality of a dog and her husband.

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VMware Interns Drive What’s Next Through Meaningful Projects

VMware interns contribute their intellectual curiosity, innovative ideas and refreshing enthusiasm to the company every day. Interns make an impact from day one. Matt Wendorf, Technical Recruiter for University Relations shares how interns can bring their innovative ideas to life and professionally develop at VMware through meaningful projects that are driving what’s next in IT.

 

You will not find interns at VMware fetching coffee or answering phones this summer. No, interns from across the globe will find themselves traveling to VMware office sites for the opportunity to work on meaningful projects with tangible business implications. VMware interns are seen as capable extensions of their product engineering teams. These individuals are the future thought leaders in the systems software industry and are highly regarded with such prestige. Many of the 200+ R&D interns that join VMware every summer already come with a proven track record of success, but an internship at VMware will give them the opportunity to take this success to the next level.

It is not surprising to see an intern’s work during a 12-16 week internship show up in a product’s source code. We have products shipping today that still rely upon code created by an intern many, many moons ago. If an intern is looking for the necessary product development experience to compete in the hyper-competitive systems software industry, those skills are often honed during a VMware internship. From design to technical specs to prototype to product, our interns will have the opportunity to master this domain while contributing to the bottom line.

An Intern at VMware might also find themselves in the thick of the software patent application process. These interns will learn what it takes to work alongside their product team and IP lawyers to prepare and submit a patent application. The valuable experience with the challenging and complicated patent application process is also great experience to add to their CVs. There are numerous occasions where an intern knowingly and surprisingly found their name on a VMware patent. This gives the intern’s work incredible visibility both internally and externally.

While some VMware interns are attracted to product engineering projects, other interns are more concerned with research-based internships. VMware has plenty of research-based internship opportunities that go through a rigorous approval process with graduate students in mind. These intern projects tend to be more exploratory and have a larger scope. Our research interns forgo opportunities with prestigious research labs and often come back each summer to intern at VMware. Their intern projects often serve as the foundation for their degree research and thesis. They can also gain special access to invaluable systems and resources not available to all researchers.

Sometimes these interns find themselves rubbing elbows with the top engineers in R&D and working on the most advanced research projects happening within the company. These projects are often forward looking and strategic, but can serve as a foundation for future product roadmaps. Our Horizon Mobile product was essentially created out of a summer internship project. The VMware Horizon Mobile team now boasts more than 20 engineers and a successful position in the mobile virtualization space. A summer internship at VMware can get you in on the ground floor with such product teams.

Research interns also have opportunities to publish papers and submit them to the best technical journals and conferences. Our mentors and managers empower the interns to go above and beyond the original project scope. Not only might an intern’s paper be published in our internal publication, the VMware Technical Journal, but papers could and have been accepted by outside journals, systems software conferences and technical workshops alike.

We on the University Relations team are trying to create an intern program that is conducive to both personal and professional growth. Giving our interns a sense of value through product engineering, publishing, patent applications and advanced research makes VMware one of the most attractive internship opportunities in today’s software industry.

 

Do you want to envision what’s next in IT and for yourself? Learn how you can bring your innovative ideas to life and watch them grow here.

 

Matt Wendorf, Technical Recruiter for University Relations at VMware

 

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