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The Community at VMware Empowers Renmin University of China Student to Thrive

From day one, student innovators are empowered to do everything they’ve ever dreamed of at VMware while making a positive impact on the world. Connect with Renmin University of China Student and Staffing Coordinator Intern, Karl to hear his unique perspectives on how the community at VMware is making his professional growth one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life.

 

photo of Karl Wang (1)Name: Karl Wang

Role: Staffing Coordinator Intern

Office: Beijing, China

University: Renmin University of China

 

It’s been three months since I started working as a Staffing Coordinator Intern at the VMware Beijing office in China. When I first started, I was not familiar with the projects that I would be working on, but with the help of my teammate and mentor Jenny, I was able to successfully begin work. I have learned how to connect with candidates, schedule interviews and confirm interview times. I’ve also had the opportunity to contribute to the APJ (Asia-Pacific-Japan) Staffing Coordinator playbook, which is a step-by-step instruction on how to schedule interviews. The book is now being used by the entire APJ Staffing Coordinator team and has received positive feedback from the group. It was wonderful to hear how my efforts have positively impacted other coworkers and that it is making a difference in the candidate journey at VMware.

In China, it is not common for a subordinate to talk directly with his or her boss about anything. However, the community at VMware provides a clear and positive work environment, which means a lot to me. Through open workspaces, regular check-ins with my manager and team, as well as free snacks and drinks, I’m empowered to focus on my work while being comfortable too. I know that I’m a valued member of the team and am respected by my peers no matter their role at the company. Although my manager sits in the Singapore office, we have regular one-on-one check-ins over the phone. I’m able to ask her the questions on my mind and share how my week is going. She is always there to share her perspectives on how she might work through any challenges that I’m facing with my work. The APJ Staffing Coordinator team also has monthly meetings, which is a great opportunity for everyone on the team to share their latest project plans and work through any problems that we might be facing that day.

The kindness that I’ve been shown by other coworkers who has reached out to go have meals together or asked if I need help if I have run into trouble with my work has been so appreciated. The working attitude of everyone has influenced me a lot as well. Everyone is passionate for their work and truly believes that they can make a difference. I know that the work that I’ve contributed is valued by my teammates, and this makes me feel respected and empowers me to do my work better.

I love VMware and believe that my internship here will be one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life.

 

 

 

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Birla Institute of Technology and Science Student Makes an Impact on VMware Identity Manager

At VMware, interns and co-ops have the opportunity to work alongside industry thought leaders who transforming the way businesses do work. Connect with R&D Intern and Birla Institute of Technology and Science student, Mayank Juneja, and discover how the community at VMware is empowering him to make a meaningful impact on the transformation of Information Technology.

 

IMG_20151105_143147Name: Mayank Juneja

Role: Intern, R&D

Office Location: Bangalore, India

University: Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani

 

 

A Day in the Life at VMware 

FullSizeRenderMy day begins with a hot cup of coffee and checking emails. I am working with the DevOps team for VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) to develop an Operator Dashboard to display analytics information. The project involves global collaboration, so I have the opportunity to partner with teammates at VMware Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Brainstorming with my mentor over a particular issue is a daily feature. And when you have a mentor with a sense of humor, it can be a lot of fun. I spend most of my time coding for tasks and incorporating review suggestions, so the project is as challenging as it is interesting, as every day I am learning a new tool or concept. When I need to relax, a game of foosball or table tennis is my escape. The day ends for the India team with a stand-up meeting to discuss project statuses and blockers.

Community Inside at Company  

I love the people here – they are intelligent, treat each other with respect and are always ready to help. I have already learned so much in just over three months and I can’t thank my colleagues and manager enough for it. And not to forget the fun part, I have been to so many team dinners and parties, including Intern Day, a fun outing with games and activities around Bangalore, as well as my first Beer Bash, a tradition that brings employees together at the end of the week to celebrate our accomplishments and community together.IMG-20151030-WA0002

Milestone Memories

When I was able to give a demonstration of my project after it first went into production. The demonstration was part of a Sprint Review, which is a fortnightly event to review the work done by all the teams at vIDM. I was surprised by how well my demo was received by everyone. I felt a sense of accomplishment and it was an amazing feeling.

Embracing Moments of Growth

If you are enthusiastic about technology and want to work in a highly productive environment, VMware is the place to be. You will get a chance to work on real projects and explore technologies beyond the regular university curriculum. If you have an opportunity at VMware, take it with both hands and get ready for an invaluable learning experience.

 

 

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Changing the Face of Technology Through Team Connections

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Niamh O’Regan is currently a student at Cork Institute of Technology and a Technical Support Engineer Intern on the Systems Operations team at VMware Cork. At university, she’s pursuing a Bachelor of Business Studies (Honors) in Information Systems. She is close to concluding her six month VMware internship on August 28th.

It’s incredible to think about my achievements over the past five months. I went from knowing nothing about VMware products to diagnosing and resolving customer’s issues. In addition to gaining new technical knowledge, the last five months have been full of growth – all for the better. I’ve gained a deeper understanding of the industry I love and hope to enter upon graduation.

The work that I do here at VMware is challenging, dynamic, and has the ability to change the face of technology. We are preparing ourselves and the world for what’s next, so we always end up feeling well prepared. I have seen it myself in a few of my cases. A number of my cases came in with new issues that Technical Support Engineers and even Escalation Engineers have not seen. But together my teammates and I figured out what caused the issue, and resolved it.

Another major achievement for me during my internship has been connecting with my team,Niamh3 especially because there are no other female engineers. In large environments like tech corporations, I’m a very shy person. Even though my personality may not seem like it to people who know me well, new territory – especially professional – makes me very quiet. The difference at VMware is that you are welcomed in so warmly and encouraged to bring your whole self to work each day. My team is always in high spirits and ensures that no one person is feeling pressured. Thanks to my wonderful team, my initial feelings of shyness soon disappeared.

Hand on heart, my fantastic experience at VMware will definitely assist my future career planning. I have loved every minute of my placement, and I could see myself back here working as a Technical Support Engineer. There is so much variety – it’s never the same thing every day.

As a colleague of mine says repeatedly: “the only thing stopping you from reaching your potential is yourself.” I did not believe this at the beginning of this experience, but I fully believe it now.

The technical and professional knowledge that I have soaked up over the last five months is far more than I expected in such a short time, especially given the complexity of some of it. My internship at VMware has also solidified my decision to work in the Information Technology sector. As I leave my internship, though, I still feel there is so much more to learn – the only way to go is up! I’m so grateful for this experience to launch my career, whether it continues here at VMware or a different company, the foundations have been built by VMware.

— Niamh O’Regan 

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Defining Communities, Redefining Myself: An Intern’s Take on Giving Back through Service Learning

Aadi2Aditya Gorantala, who prefers to be called Aadi, is a full-time MBA student at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. He currently works as a Partner Compliance Analyst Intern from the VMware Austin, Texas office.

One of the most important lessons I learned in business school is to work at a place where your personal values resonate. I grew up learninAadi3g to give back to those who haven’t been lucky. Helping others gives an instant dose of contentment and empowerment to your daily life. Beginning at VMware, I presumed that I would have limited opportunities to volunteer due to the length of my summer internship.

Instead, I discovered that through the VMware Foundation full-time employees and interns alike can spend 40 service learning hours in their communities. The choice of charity is completely up to the individual. This excited me, and I began to search for volunteer opportunities. Then, a surprise was in store – one of my fellow interns suggested a day at the Austin Animal Center caring for the dogs and cats.

I was scared of pets back in my home country of India, so it took awhile before I decided to sign up. As the day arrived and the group of 10 VMware employees met at the Center, I challenged myself to overcome my fear of these four-legged wonders. We walked countless dogs that otherwise would be stuck in the kennel during the humid Austin afternoon. In no time, I was comfortable with my newfound, furry friends.

Looking back, did I make a change to the community? The number of people thanking us as we left the Austin Animal Center made it understood that our contribution was substantial. It’s true that a little help goes a long way.

It’s a matter of perspective — the benefit to me was learning something new. In providing service for others, I conquered my fear, networked with new friends, and obtained a greater understanding of the problems in our community and how I could give back. Above all, it was fun.

I can’t believe I am paid to do this, and more. This realization is a big deal because, for once, I have found a place where my personal values align with the business’s values. That place is VMware!

— Aadi Gorantala

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VMware Interns Networking All Over the World

Andrei1Andrei Mario Dinu recently finished his second year at the University Politehnica of Bucharest, where he is pursuing a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He is a Member of Technical Staff Intern working in VMware’s Sofia, Bulgaria office. For more on Andrei’s experience, follow him via twitter handle @dinuand.

The first time I heard of VMware was during my freshman year at the University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB), in a course called “Operating System Usage.” UPB is one of the top universities, and best in Computer Science and Engineering in my home country of Romania. I remember working on a homework assignment using VMware Workstation and playing with virtual machines. For the first time, I was familiarizing myself with virtualization. I realized that programming and I would be very good friends. In addition to my internal passion, my teachers, family, and friends inspired me to continuously follow my dreams and passion for technology.

It was this support system that sparked the interest in VMware that eventually progressed into my current internship. UPB has a program that exists exclusively to match up students with summer internships. Many of my fellow classmates are happy to share their experiences and refer others to companies they have interned with. In my case, I took advantage of both opportunities. Impressed by a former Romanian VMware intern who told me about his progress and experience, I also wanted to do something meaningful during the summer. So, joining VMware as an intern for 13 weeks was the perfect deal!

I’m so glad to be part of an awesome VMware community in Sofia! I trust my coworkers because when I’m facing an obstacle, they always give help and advice. More than anything else, I enjoyAndrei3 the highest level of transparency in everything my colleagues or I do. They want me to be successful, so the whole team can be successful. It’s also very fun working here. We have beer bashes every Thursday — everybody gets together, cools off with a beer, and shares stories of the week that’s passed. Sometimes, coworkers challenge each other to solve problems as fast as possible (We are geeks, so we enjoy this).

Internships are one of the coolest things you can do in your life, especially as a young professional entering the tech field. The interns are respected at VMware in whichever location they may be working from. The experience might differ between locale, but not that much. At VMware sites all over the world, the interns are simply dabbling with magic in a highly productive environment!

–Andrei Mario Dinu

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VMware Summer Internship Program Recap

Shawn Sigona1Shawn Sigona is the Global Intern Program Manager at VMware. Although based at Palo Alto headquarters, he strives to progress the global internship program and ensures that each intern has the best experience possible.

This year, we had over 450 interns in 35 offices, globally! Though our interns work from far and wide, in locales such as China and Bulgaria, the bulk of our summer interns are from the Americas region. In the US alone, there are 265 interns!

To kick off our summer, each location had its own intern welcome event. Headquarters in PaloShawnSigona6 Alto hosted a scavenger hunt across our 105 acre campus! While participating, our interns learned fun facts about VMware and familiarized themselves with important landmarks they would need to know to get around. These welcome events empower interns to engage with each other and the VMware community.

On the subject of community, the Internship Program empowers interns to engage with their local community as well. Through the VMware Foundation, all VMware employees receive Service Learning paid time off to donate their time to a charitable cause — interns are also encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful benefit. In our Cambridge, Massachusetts office, our ShawnSigona3interns donated their time to the local Boys and Girls Club that sorely needed attention. The Cambridge interns spent half the day organizing the local community center. In Palo Alto, the interns donated half a day to Hidden Villa, a local non-profit farm that donates a portion of the organic, sustainable crops they grow to feed families in need of healthy food. In total, the interns logged over 170 hours of service!

Throughout the summer, our interns were empowered to attend events where Sr. Leadership, C-level executives, and Principal Researchers spoke about various topics, ranging from how they ended up in their current position to highly technical research. This level of executive leadership engagement encouraged our interns to ask questions and be fearless leaders.

At the end of summer, each intern had the opportunity to present their summer’s work to the greater VMware community. For the interns in Cambridge and Palo Alto, we hosted a science fair-type event called the “Intern Poster Session”. We had several hundred people in attendance who voted on their favorite project. This was the first time non-technical interns participated in the Intern Poster Session and the MBA Finance interns rose to the challenge, winning the grand prize – an all-expense paid trip to VMworld!

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The End of Summer Celebration is the ceremonious farewell to our summer intern group. In Cambridge, MA the interns went to a 3-story Boston bowling alley. The Austin, TX interns enjoyed a day of golf at Top Golf. Our Palo Alto, CA interns went on a guided stroll through the botanical gardens in San Francisco followed by an afternoon of exploring the California Academy of Sciences. It’s always bittersweet to celebrate our interns’ accomplishments, and then have to say goodbye until next year.

VMware wishes our interns a productive school year ahead. We’ll see you all on campus this fall!

— Shawn Sigona

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Growth is a Given: Ways the VMware Internship Program Inspires Professional Development

Xiyuan3Xiyuan Liu is in her fourth month of interning on the Network QE Team at VMware’s Beijing office. She is studying Telecommunications at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, with a special interest in the Internet of Things.   

I started as a VMware intern four months ago full of expectation. As those months passed, my internship at VMware has brought reflection on my future career and professional development. I’ve learned many lessons and have grown in many aspects, including professional skills, communication abilities, and attitude towards work and life.

My manager once gave our team members a lesson about “being brave to ask questions after presentations”. This topic is not that common since it seemingly has nothing to do with our daily work. However, its meaning is quite important to me. I have experienced many times, as a speaker and as an audience member, when there are no questions asked during the Q&A portion of a presentation. My manager shared advice on how to ask questions, even when we are afraid our question may be too simple. He encouraged us to be the first to ask. I have to admit this is a shortcoming in Chinese culture, where people are generally conservative and shy. But the lesson made me think a lot, and I have gradually overcome my fear and made my voice heard after presentations.

Daily interactions and bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with my mentor help me improve my professional skills and take advantage of my short internship. She taught me to have a peaceful attitude towards problems encountered at work, reminding me that every problem has its own solution. This new belief makes me more confident and calm when I am puzzled by a problem.

She always tells me that “better” is what we should aspire to. She impresses me with the way she upholds this view and encourages me. This attitude has led me to develop my communication skills. For example, recently I wrote a report about the new features I developed, and she asked me to revise it several times. This editing included improving the format of the email, the pictures inserted, and the titles listed. She notices and cares about every detail. When I compared the final version to the original version of my report, I felt respect and gratitude to my mentor.Xiyuan2

VMware also offers many chances for interns to learn from successful colleagues in our field. The engineers of VMware are willing to share their career stories with interns, which moves me deeply. The common theme between all of them is the passion towards what they have done, what they are doing, and what they are going to do. It is easy to develop this passion when it is demonstrated all around you. Just as the card on my desk says – “PASSION NEVER RESTS”. I hope this three-word sentence will accompany me in my future study and work life.

I have developed a lot as a VMware intern. The reflection on my future career encourages me, and all the lessons learned prepare me to face more challenges.

— Xiyuan Liu

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VMware Internship Program: The Manager and Mentor Jackpot

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Neha Kashyap is an IT intern on the Business Engagement team. She is currently in her 7th week of interning at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California. A student at University of Texas at Dallas, Neha is studying Information Science and Management.

 

VMware has one of the best internship programs in the country, and your manager and mentor play a huge role in the overall success of your internship experience. The managers and mentors volunteer to be part of the program, so you know that they are dedicated to your development, support, and success. Everyone at VMware is super nice, but I was particularly lucky to work with my wonderful manager and mentors.

My manager Pat is very nice and approachable. He encourages me to ask questions and has always patiently answered all of them. He never fails to appreciate my work and has always made me feel like an important part of the team, even though I am an intern.

Neha Kashyap eating lunch with her team.

Greg is a wonderful mentor and great company to be with. Your mentor is your first point of contact regarding any issue at work. They are like your friend, except for the fact that they have answers to all of your questions (regarding work, as well as the best places to visit in the Bay Area). He has patiently walked me through the tools that I use for my internship and has been very helpful in many ways to make my project a success.

Neha Kashyap painting and wine tasting with her Women Connecting Women mentor.

In addition, I am so happy to be part of the VMware Women Connecting Women Program. Having a connection outside of your team or department, especially with a female perspective, is beneficial. I am fortunate to have a woman mentor that I can speak frankly with about my career path, life at VMware, Corporate America, personal matters or just discuss wine. (Yes, she is teaching me wine tasting over the summer.)

The transition from orientation to being part of VMware has been so smooth thanks to my manager, mentors and team. I even eat lunch with the team almost every single day; that says a lot about how much I enjoy working with this team.

The energy at VMware is contagious. Everyone is so passionate about his or her work and VMware’s EPIC2 values resonate through the entire community. The work we do during an internship is only a part of the story. The connections we make are the real deal. VMware’s mentorship program and the Women Connecting Women program provide the guidance to navigate any new experience at VMware, as well as ensuring that you build out your career path in the right direction. The VMware managers and mentors are successful at helping you reach your full potential. There are obviously benefits of doing an internship in Silicon Valley, but having the opportunity to do it at a company like VMware, surrounded with the right people, confirms that you have truly hit the jackpot.

– Neha Kashyap

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VMware Academic Program Announces 2015 Graduate Fellowships

Established in early 2000, the VMware Academic Program (VMAP) drives faculty-led research in a variety of areas such as Machine Learning, Security, and Big Data. To date, VMAP has supported research on university campuses across the United States, Canada, China and the United Kingdom. Empowering the student community to innovate and grow is an important element of VMAP’s mission. To support this commitment for future researchers and innovators, VMAP established the VMware Graduate Fellowship. Through this initiative, top students have later joined our employee community as VMware interns and have made a significant impact on our engineering community.VMware_Academic_Program_logo

On behalf of the VMAP team, I am proud to share that we have awarded the 2015-2016 Graduate Fellowships to three outstanding students, Tudor David from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Soudeh Ghorbani from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Seyed K. Fayaz from Carnegie Mellon University. The Graduate Fellowships initiative personally means a lot to me as it highlights VMware’s commitment to nurturing a new generation of researchers and technologists. These students bring new perspectives and ideas. In an industry such as high tech, creativity and the courage to pursue new directions is a crucial ingredient to moving engineering methods and technologies forward.

Join me in congratulating Tudor, Seyed and Soudeh, and hear what the VMware Graduate Fellowship means to these Game-Changers.

tudor-david-photo “Being awarded a VMware graduate fellowship represents both a validation of the research direction I am pursuing, as well as an opportunity allowing me to continue to work along this research path. “ – Tudor David, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

 

 

Ghorbani“Winning this recognition and award from VMware, the current leader in virtualization, empowers me to fully pursue my interests in virtualization and SDN research. It will also give me a great opportunity to jump-start my career. “ -Soudeh Ghorbani, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

 

seyed“These are exciting times for computer networks researchers owing to game changers such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). This gift not only helps fund my research on new opportunities enabled by SDN and NFV, but also it allows me to collaborate with VMware’s pioneering practitioners in these areas.” -Seyed K. Fayez, Carnegie Mellon University

 

How One Student’s Curiosity Sparked an Adventure of Learning at VMware

Growing up, VMware Member of Technical Staff, Jobin George was always encouraged to tinker and explore. It was from his curiosity and discoveries that Jobin was inspired to make a life as an engineer. Read on to discover how one adventure at VMware sparked a life-long journey of learning and growth for Jobin.

 

Jobin_George_HeadshotName: Jobin George

Role: Member of Technical Staff and 2014 VMware Intern

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: Eight months

 

What did you want to be when you “grew up?” Why Engineering?

 As a kid I was always curious – from dismantling the new piano I got on my birthday to breaking open daddy’s crashed hard disk, I was always in pursuit of understanding the intricate details of how things are made. This curiosity helped me learn about my surroundings and gain knowledge from it. My father has been a role model for me, as he has always encouraged me to take up daunting tasks and look for moments of growth from those experiences. Carrying this attitude in life has made me pursue engineering as a way of a life.

What your campus interview experience like at your university?

The interview was pretty challenging. However, the interviewers provided a very cozy and comfortable environment for the process. There were questions on Data Structures, Algorithms and Operating Systems. They also tested my problem-solving skills and gave good feedback on what I should be doing to improve my technical skills while polishing my problem-solving skills. Overall, it was a good learning experience.

Why did you choose VMware?

The innovation culture, the people, and the fun-filled environment are the primary forces that led me to choose VMware. From the beginning of my internship to my new role as a Member of Technical Staff, this place has offered memorable experiences and moments that I’ll cherish for a long time. Birthdays here are celebrated in exactly the same fashion that they were in college – all the bumps, cake-smearing, parties, etc. This thriving community has helped me in the transition from college-life to work-life.Jobin_George_2

What was your internship experience and transition into a full-time role like?

The two months I spent as an intern here at VMware helped me connect with a lot of people and gain new technical skills. During those two months, I worked on integrating an Openstack project with VMware vSphere. This project helped me understand the difference between working on a project in college versus one in the industry. I realized how important it was to coordinate and collaborate while developing a project. The guidance I received from my manager and mentors was invaluable and this empowered me to successfully tackle the project. I understood that it was imperative for me to ask and not wait for help to arrive. The internship experience helped me learn a lot of life lessons.

What does the phrase New College Grad Bootcamp mean to you?

The VMware New College Graduate (NCG) Bootcamp was a very important training that I had the opportunity to participate in when I joined the company as a full-time employee. My project during the NCG Bootcamp was “VCOPS Management Pack for Docker deployed Containers.” This project required learning the basics of creating an adapter for vCOPS (now vRealize Operations), which would monitor the resource utilization of docker containers. Combined with my internship learnings, NCG Bootcamp allowed me to learn more about VMware’s technologies straight from the experts themselves (VMware employees), test my knowledge, and see first-hand the value of collaboration. I realized that connecting with people is extremely important not only in work-life, but all walks of life.

How does VMware foster continuous learning?

Apart from the skills employees learn throughout the workday, there are a variety of resources here to help individuals grow. From unlimited access to online books and educational courses, to technical hackathons and conferences, employees are encouraged to meet and collaborate with coworkers outside of their immediate teams while exploring the latest technologies.

Describe the people community at VMware.

The people at VMware were one of the most motivating factors for me to join the company full-time after my internship concluded. Everyone is extremely knowledgeable, yet humble; they’re helpful and approachable people all around. The mentors I had during my internship guided me and challenged me to think creatively so that I could carve out solutions to the problems that I faced while completing the internship project that I was assigned. My manager, one of the most respected individuals in the organization, was always a driving factor for me; his motivating qualities always pushed my teammates and me to stretch and achieve higher goals.

What advice would you give to people looking to explore a career at VMware?

If you are ready to push yourself beyond your limits, are enthusiastic and love pursuing new technological projects, VMware is the place for you.

 

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