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Discover the Endless Possibilities of VMworld through a VMware Intern’s Eyes

VMware people, including interns, are empowered with the tools and resources to discover what’s next within information technology and each other in an environment build upon community, passion, integrity, and fun. Join Abhinav, senior at Columbia University and former VMware intern, for a look at his journey to growth at VMworld 2014. 

 

Abhinav_Mishna_2My name is Abhinav Mishra and I’m currently a senior at Columbia University in New York City majoring in Computer Engineering. Over the summer I had the opportunity to intern on the vCloud Air Quality Engineering and Infrastructure teams at VMware in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During my internship, I helped develop a Java REST API Client that developers could use to implement and test new features in VMware products such as vCloud Director. Outside of exploring what’s next in technology, I’m passionate about singing, watching sports (I’m a huge New England Patriots fan), and traveling.

At the end of the summer, VMware R&D interns in the United States participated in an intern poster session to showcase the projects that we all worked on with the VMware employee community. I was fortunate enough to win the poster contest at the Cambridge office and won a ticket to attend VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, California. This year’s conference theme was “No Limits – Break through the endless possibilities.”

2014_Intern_Poster_Session_Group_PhotoOn Monday, August 25 my day started off with breakfast followed by the keynote speech given by VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger. It was amazing to hear his thoughts on the latest trends in technology, especially his views on how products are moving to be centered on the Software-Defined Data Center. Next, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, Bill Fathers gave a speech on the new features in vCloud Air and why the Hybrid Cloud is the right approach when using cloud services. Even though I knew a lot about vCloud Air having worked on that product, it was still inspiring to hear about its new features and how the Hybrid Cloud can truly lead to endless possibilities for customers in industries such as healthcare, automobiles, and more.

On Tuesday, August 26 the keynote by Executive Vice President and General Manager, End-User Computing, Sanjay Poonen and Chief Technology Officer, End-User Computing, Kit Colbert was awe-inspiring to watch because the products they are working on with their teammates have the ability to really impact consumers in a positive way across industries. The healthcare demo by AirWatch was especially inspiring, since the enterprise mobility management industry is one that I have a strong interest in.Abhinav_Mishra_5

Each day after the keynote speeches, customers and attendees would break out to attend general sessions. There were a ton of sessions and at first it was overwhelming to see so many options because they all seemed so interesting. From demos of new features to group discussions on products, there was something for everyone. For me, the “No Limits” conference theme meant that you truly have the opportunity to learn and gain knowledge with the best tools and resources in any area that you want without restriction. The sessions did exactly that, as I was able to learn about the diversity and power of VMware products such as NSX, EVO:RAIL, vCloud Air, and AirWatch. Furthermore, I was extremely fortunate to be able to meet some of the top leaders in software, such as Kit Colbert. Even though I was an intern, Kit and other individuals were willing to take the time to talk to me and answer my questions, which I truly appreciated.

Overall, the sessions at VMworld helped me learn and explore the endless possibilities within information technology while also allowing me to network and gain advice from some of the best engineers and leaders in the industry. To cap off my VMworld experience, I joined VMworld attendees at the Yerba Buena Gardens for a live performance by the Black Keys at the VMworld Party.

 

*If you’re interested in learning more about what took place at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, be sure to check out the VMworld social media page for announcements made, keynote highlights, and more.

 

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Student Interns Soar with the VMware University Relations Program

At VMware, our University Relations Program goes beyond the game-changing project work for students. Connect with Leanne, University Relations Program Coordinator and get her take on the programs and events that empowered student interns to soar this summer at VMware.

 

Although VMware has bid farewell to its summer 2014 intern class for the school year, their time with us was epic and will definitely not be forgotten. Join me for a look back on a few of the memorable events that my University Relations teammates and I brought to life to help empower our interns with the resources to grow while collaborating in an environment built around community, passion for what’s next, and fun.Leanne_3

One VMware

The summer started off with our Intern Program Kickoff where VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger welcomed our interns from across the United States to VMware. Hans Bernhardt, Sr. Solutions Architect followed Pat with a “VMware 101” session that gave an inside look at virtual machines and how VMware became what it is today. From there, the interns along with their managers and mentors headed over to the gym to enjoy a BBQ and lawn games including volleyball, soccer, corn hole, and more. It was a beautiful day and such a great way to kick off the summer intern adventure.

As a member of the University Relations team, I’m proud that we offer our interns with learning opportunities that reflect our dynamic and diverse community here at VMware. Our Leadership Speaker Series is one example as it gives the interns the opportunity to learn from some of our top executives in an open and casual discussion. This summer, Sanjay Poonen, Raghu Raghuram, Ray O’Farrell, and Martin Casado took the time to share their roles at VMware, career paths, and advice for the interns.Leanne_6

In its third summer at VMware, the WCW (Women Connecting Women) Program, which strives to connect female interns with other female employees (mentors) throughout VMware, partnered with WiRED (Women in R&D), for a speed-networking event. This casual round-robin style event gave our female interns time to share their backgrounds and interests as well as learn more about the variety of career paths available at VMware from all of the WCW mentors. After the speed-networking portion of the event, the group headed outside to wind down from the workday to enjoy the summer weather in Palo Alto.

Growth through Service

Leanne_9At VMware, giving rooted in Citizen Philanthropy is a core part of who we are. Because of this, VMware interns receive the opportunity to give back through a Service Learning project together. This year, the Palo Alto intern class hosted a job shadow day for 50 high school students from the Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology (BFOIT). Interns hosted students and shared insight into their summer projects. One BFOIT student even helped one of the interns rework the layout of their poster for the Intern Poster Session that took place the following week.

Architecting What’s Next

Leanne_4The Intern Poster Session, which is held each year at the end of the summer for the Palo Alto, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts R&D interns, is a way for the University Relations team to bring together the entire intern class and recognize their hard work within the technical community at VMware. 110 technical interns showcased their work, which was reviewed and voted on by the R&D community. Over 900 votes were collected and the top two winners won a trip to VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, California. Vivian Wang from the User Experience team and Anuj Gupta from the QE Storage Virtualization team were the winners in Palo Alto. Abhinav Mishra, was the winner from VMware Cambridge. Read more about Abhinav’s VMware experience here.

Celebration

To celebrate the learnings and fun memories made over the summer at VMware, the interns headed out on an excursion to Angel Island with the University Relations team. Angel Island is a small island off the coast of San Francisco where the interns hiked, played football, and just enjoyed a day away from the office getting to know one another better. From gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay, to numerous activities readily available for the day, this trip is one that neither they nor I will ever forget.VMware_2014_Intern_Class_End_of_Year_Offsite

In the end, a VMware intern’s experience goes beyond the project work. The programs and events brought to life at VMware for students allow them to fully emerge themselves in VMware’s culture while discovering the next steps for their studies and careers after university.

We pride ourselves in the experience we offer for students and are already looking forward to the next group of interns to join VMware next year!

If you’re inspired to pursue the seemingly impossible within information technology, discover our latest opportunities and join us.

 

 

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VMware Hosts the Best First Bytes Camp Yet!

At VMware, we’re passionate about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). As instigators of innovation, VMware people recognize that their spark for computer science started from an early age. Living our EPIC2 values, VMware people are combining their passion for STEM with Service Learning in the broader community. Our collaboration with First Bytes Summer Computer Science Camp at The University of Texas at Austin is just one example of our ongoing efforts to empower students in STEM. Read on to learn more. 

 

First_Bytes_Logo2014 marked VMware’s  third year participating in First Bytes, a one-week camp hosted by The University of Texas at Austin for high school girls interested in pursuing computer science as a degree in college. After an application and panel selection process, approximately 60 girls from across the state of Texas were invited to attend.

The VMware sponsored portion of the camp was held June 18 and 19. On June 18, VMware hosted the campers onsite at our River Place office in Austin, Texas. After a short overview of VMware’s University Relations Program and snacks by Hey Cupcake!.

First_Bytes_2014_8Sharon Weber, Staff Engineer for Ecosystem Infrastructure spoke about the Heartbleed Bug and how a single line of code can impact the whole world. “It was great to see the camper’s interest and overall knowledge about Heartbleed and online security. They asked some refreshing questions on the topic and showed interest in our open culture and warm welcome to the campers, which was exciting to see,” commented Weber.

For the activity portion of the day, the campers were broken into teams and using a maze, saw how programming is about giving instructions where several ways or solutions can lead to the end result. The winning team won a VMware goody bag.

To wrap up the day, five VMware women from the R&D and sales organizations engaged with the campers to talk about their individual career paths – from college to the workplace. Our “Anything Boys Can Code Girls Can Code Better” tee shirts were a bit hit too.

On Thursday, June 19 the VMware University Relations team and two engineers from our Palo Alto, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts offices headed over to The University of Texas at Austin for a series of Hands On Labs. Sharon Tam, Engineer for vCloud Hybrid Service taught the girls how to program a game in SCRATCH. Soumya Mishra, VMware Engineer working on vShield taught the girls about hacking and Internet security. Any camper who wore her VMware shirt to the lab was given a raffle ticket to win one of two “Raspberry Pi’s,” a coding device that the girls had used earlier in the week at camp.First_Bytes_FB_Photo

On Friday, June 20, Soumya Mishra sat on an informal lunch panel that allowed the campers to ask career related questions to several professionals within the IT industry. “Getting an opportunity to present on ‘Internet security’ at the First Bytes summer camp was truly a wonderful experience. The appetite for knowledge and enthusiasm to learn about the new technology trends displayed by the girls was beyond words. I gained insight on what today’s youth thinks about the computer science field and apprehensions in joining it. I was glad to be of help in providing them a clear vision of the industry and encouraging them to be a part of it,” said Mishra.

Based on the camper’s enthusiasm (and the fun we had), we believe that this was our best camp yet! We are really looking forward to hosting the campers again next year. Special thanks to Sharon Weber, Sharon Tam, Soumya Mishra, Kelly Dare and Jennifer Green from VMware for contributing their Service Learning time and sharing their skills and talents with these amazing young women.


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They’re Back! Student Innovators Take VMware for Summer 2014

It’s that time of year again!

Intern season is upon us in the United States and the VMware University Relations team is busy preparing for our student interns to join us onsite at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California, as well as our other locations throughout the United States for the 2014 summer.Intern_Leader_Speaker_2

Driving What’s Next in Information Technology

Like our fulltime employees, VMware strives to make sure our interns get the most out of their internship experience. From day one, VMware interns have the opportunity to gain real life practical experience by engaging with highly intelligent people who are solving real-life complex problems. Our interns work on challenging projects that make a difference within the company year after year. Did you know that VMware’s Horizon Suite was essentially created out of a summer internship project? Pretty cool, right?

Working for a Fast Growing Market Leader

As one of Universum’s Top 100 IDEAL Employers for students, VMware has attracted some of the brightest talent across the United States. One of VMware’s interns last year said, “It feels great when one works for a company with ‘leadership’. And yes, VMware is THE leader in virtualization technology.”  Our interns acquire a new set of skills and an expanded perception of what their future career could be at VMware. Each summer, VMware interns receive the chance to experience our culture first hand by attending our Intern Speaker Series. These internal tech talks give interns the opportunity to engage with some of our top executives and learn about their role at VMware, their thoughts on industry trends, and how they can grow professionally in the IT industry. The execution of the intern’s summer projects and the accomplishments that they achieve at VMware prepare these students for life after graduation.Intern_SL_1

Giving Back in the Community

Just like our employees, VMware interns receive the opportunity to give back in the community during a specific service learning event planned for interns. Last summer, our Palo Alto interns helped host a job shadow day for middle and high school students, who are part of the Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology (BFOIT). Our interns mentored and provided knowledge and guidance to help them pursue higher education in technology. The BFOIT students were also able to job shadow our interns for an afternoon and saw what projects they were working on and what they might be interested in pursuing in the future.  BFOIT’s takeaway from their visit to VMware was extremely positive. Executive Director of BFOIT, Orpheus Crutchfield said, “Our field trip to VMware was one of the best rated that we’ve ever offered and we are excited to participate again.” We’re looking forward to bringing the BFOIT students back to Palo Alto this summer for another visit with our 2014 interns.Volleyball

Work-Life Integration

And, what would a summer internship be without a little fun? Throughout the summer we like to mix things up with some fun and meaningful events for our interns such as a movie night, intramural sports league, and an intern hackathon. One of our most popular events, our intern kickoff at our headquarters in Palo Alto, gives our interns in the United States the opportunity to hear from VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, welcoming them to VMware.

VMware offers its interns one of the best experiences they can ask for in an internship. Driving what’s next and working for a fast growing market leader in information technology has helped our interns grow and develop to prepare them for their future careers. Being able to experience our company’s culture by giving back to the community and participating in our intern events gives them an experience that they will never forget.

On behalf of the VMware University Relations team and the rest of our employee community, I’m excited to welcome many bright innovators to VMware sites across the United States this summer.

 

 

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VMware is Proud to be a 2014 Universum Top 100 IDEAL Employer

From day one, student interns are empowered to make an impact and grow at VMware. Our teams are intent on creating an innovative, flexible, fun, and dynamic community that fosters and supports the growth and development of our interns.Universum_2014_Badge

It’s because of this focus on creating a meaningful, robust and fulfilling experience that brings us great honor to be #26 in the Universum 2014 Top 100 IDEAL Employer list among Computer Science students in the United States. The rankings are based on a survey of over 46,000 undergraduate students, and reveal which employers have the most effective employer brands.

Betsy Sutter, SVP of People at VMware shares, “It’s an honor for VMware to be recognized as an ideal employer amongst students and interns. Every year, I look forward to the surge of emerging student talent that comes through our doors. They bring an energetic thirst to apply their skills to the challenge at hand and a zest to learn that is invigorating. In turn, we put a lot of heart and soul into providing a top-notch experience for our interns and college grads that is filled with development, growth, fun and community. A big thank you goes out to the students who rated us an IDEAL employer!”NYU_photo

Each year, the VMware University Relations team partners with universities across the globe to connect with the next catalysts of change – students. “VMware’s University Relations specialists have made it a priority to plan events that demonstrate the true essence of VMware. We host events on campus that speak to the students about our culture and values,” shares Amber Daniels, Manager, University Relations Specialists. “Our informal panel sessions with VMware engineers have proved to be beneficial in recent semesters as they provide students with the chance to further map out their career interests and how they want to grow professionally.”

“Prior to accepting an offer at VMware, students have the opportunity to learn exactly what projects they’re going to work on. This allows students to see if the project is in line with their degree, program, and career interests,” says Meagan Shannon, VMware Intern Program Manager.

Once onsite, student interns are immediately immersed in a culture that invests in their goals and interests to live a balanced and fun life. Some key aspects of their experience include: one-on-one mentorship, meaningful projects that are shaping what’s next in the Software-Defined Data Center, End-User Computing and Hybrid Cloud, service learning with local nonprofits, as well as opportunities to relax and enjoy our campus amenities.IPS4_blurred_2013

“Interns are actually responsible for some of the more innovative projects at VMware,” says Charles Fan, SVP of R&D, Storage and Application Services.

This is because students come with a fresh perspective that pushes boundaries on technology and the latest academic knowledge. Did you know that VMware’s Horizon Mobile project essentially started from a summer internship project? It’s pretty cool to think that student interns where on the ground floor driving what’s next in mobile cloud computing at VMware.

So a big “Thank you!” to our student innovators for choosing VMware and making it a great place to work! Your passion to envision what’s next inspires each and every one of our people.

 

 

*Thank you to our post contributors: Amber Daniels, Meagan Shannon, Judy Phung, Charles Phan, and Betsy Sutter

 

 

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“We’re Like Interns…But Not Really”: A Look at 6 University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Students’ Stint as VMware Employees

Monique Childress and Kyle Grubman are MAP (Multidisciplinary Action Project) students from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. They, along with four other teammates, were at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California for the past few weeks getting the full employee experience as part of their 7-week MAP. Hear about the VMware MAP experience from Monique and Kyle below.

 

While the name suggests we could be expert cartographers, we’re actually MBA students from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business completing our multidisciplinary action project (MAP) here at VMware. A requirement of our program, MAP is a 7-week engagement with a sponsor organization to close out our first year. For most MBA students at the Ross School of Business, this unique opportunity is a top reason for enrolling in the program. All 450 first-year MBAs at the University of Michigan are scattered across the globe (in teams of 4-6) working with various corporations and non-profit organizations to apply core curriculum learnings. A key benefit of this opportunity is that it prepares us for our summer internships, having had experience in MBA-level professional work as well as intense teamwork.MAP_Team_1

Our team of six landed in San Francisco, California in mid-March and enjoyed four weeks as employees at VMware headquarters Palo Alto, California.

10 Fun Facts about the Ross MAP Team

  1. At Ross, our team name is VMware Team #074.  On Instagram, we decided to rebrand our team as #VMwareItsAt.
  2. This was the first time in Northern California for half of our team.
  3. The weather is significantly better in Palo Alto, California than Ann Arbor, Michigan – Yes, even with the rain. The food on campus is better, too. (We’re never leaving.)
  4. Out of over 100 MAP project choices, we all ranked this project as our top 1 or 2 choice.
  5. During our first week at VMware, we found a new route to and from work every day.
  6. One of our teammates is a certified Korean chef.
  7. Combined, our team speaks 7 languages. That number drops to 3 if we’re only counting fluent language skills.
  8. Two of us experienced our first NHL hockey game as we watched the San Jose Sharks beat the LA Kings. One even decided to become a lifelong Sharks fan!
  9. One of our teammates is currently Mayor of the Illy Café at VMware headquarters on Foursquare.
  10. Half of our team will be returning to the Bay Area for summer internships.MAP_Team_4

So back to the real fun stuff…

The objective of our project focused exclusively on the “bookends” of the VMware employee journey: onboarding and offboarding. Four weeks onsite at VMware enriched our experience and findings, from connecting with the employee community at Jane McGonigal’s talk during a recent VMware Speaker Series event to interviews with members of the Human Resources organization and VMware employees all over the world. Guided by the research from the Center for Positive Organizations, our goal was to deliver valuable insights on how VMware can ensure that all employees have a positive experience at these two critical points in his or her professional journey.

After analyzing dozens of interviews with various employees and stakeholders and hundreds of survey data points, we found that VMware employees across the board hold great pride in the company’s products. With such an intense war for talent happening in Silicon Valley, what keeps VMware’s employees happy and engaged are the innovative products and great community of colleagues on the Palo Alto campus and around the globe.MAP_Team_2

While we conducted site visits to companies known for their cultures to find best practices, we were happy to see that VMware boasts managers who already follow onboarding best practices. Some of our recommendations serve as catalysts for multiplying what already exists in small pockets of the organization.

In regards to offboarding, few companies capitalize on the opportunity to create a lasting memory for employees at this critical point. That said we were encouraged by the trend of former VMware employees “boomeranging” back to the company for a second tour. Jessica Amortegui, VMware’s Global Talent Development Director, captures the potential of a thoughtful offboarding strategy in a recent Fast Company article.

VMware is growing fast. Working with the HR team, we are excited for their plans for the future in terms of the VMware employee experience. And we can only hope that we’ve added a bit of insight and substance to the future of the onboarding and offboarding processes.MAP_Team_3

The list of those who supported our efforts would be too long, but a special thank you goes to our VMware team (Jessica Amortegui, Ed Snook, Danielle French, and Sarvenaz Ghodosizadeh) for giving us a truly rewarding experience here in Palo Alto!  We saw the quote below in Hilltop A (one of the buildings onsite at VMware headquarters) during our New Hire Orientation and it truly captures our thoughts on our VMware experience:

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

 

-The Ross MAP Team b.k.a. #VMwareItsAt

 

 

 

About Monique Childress: Monique is a Washington University in St. Louis graduate with an equal fondness for the Chicago Bulls and tacos. As a first-year MBA student at the University of Michigan, she came to business school looking to transition from a marketing and business development career into human capital consulting. This summer, she will return to the Bay Area for a summer internship with Accenture as a strategy consultant in their Talent & Organization practice.

 

About Kyle Grubman: Kyle is familiarly known at Ross as a “double wolverine”, currently earning his second degree from the University of Michigan. Last fall, Kyle joined the Center for Positive Organizations as a MBA Fellow to guide his transition from education and product development to strategic HR. This summer, he will be returning to the Bay Area for an internship at LinkedIn.

 

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Mark Roukema, Software Engineering Student at the University of Waterloo Shares Why He Boomeranged Back for a Second Internship at VMware

Some of the best advice I’ve heard includes taking as many opportunities as you can to ask questions, explore, and to test out ideas to stretch yourself. If you are a current student, you may be at a point where you have flexibility to zero in on these moments of growth. Because of this, I decided to sit down with Mark Roukema, VMware intern and current student at the University of Waterloo to see how he takes this advice to heart as he returns to VMware for a second internship. Let’s see what Mark has to say about VMware’s people, making an impact from day one, and the defining moments that helped shape his trajectory.

 

Mark_Roukema_4The Software Engineering Program at the University of Waterloo provides a variety of growth & development opportunities for students, including six four-month internship placements with top employers across the country, including VMware. During my third year of college, I was lucky enough to receive the opportunity to intern at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California as a Software Engineer working on the Partner Engineering Storage team. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. It’s because of this experience that I decided to join VMware again for a second four-month placement working on the same team. Now several months into my second internship, I thought it would be a great opportunity to share my thoughts on why I came back.

Here are four key reasons I decided to intern at VMware:

1. People and Culture

From day one it was clear that VMware treats its interns differently than most employers that I’m familiar with. I spent my first day getting acquainted with VMware’s culture by touring the newly expanded, beautiful campus in Palo Alto and meeting my new coworkers. To my surprise, most of the other people in the orientation were not fellow interns, but full-time new hires. Attending orientation was my first clue that I was in for a game-changing experience.  I felt like an equal contributing member of the employee community, just like any other talented employee. This was a key factor in my decision to return to VMware.Mark_Roukema_5

2. Making an Impact on Real World Challenges

The largest difference between a VMware internship and internships at other companies is that the quality of work we are given. The work that VMware interns are involved with is of great interest to each team and makes a direct impact on the business. For the first time at an internship I got the sense that my work was actually contributing to the team and unless I put my full effort into it I would let the group down. What I do matters and that means a lot to me.

During my first internship at VMware, I was directly involved in putting together a software plugin that uses technologies that I had never heard of or worked on before. If you had asked me about the problem that the plugin addressed at the start of my internship, I would have probably said that its resolution was not feasible or that I couldn’t do it. However, with the support and encouragement of my team, I was able to learn new skills and familiarize myself with new technologies, which helped me make an impact on the project. I pushed beyond the artificial limits I had set for myself and grew, which was very rewarding. My work at VMware proved to not only be challenging, but one of the best hands on learning experiences that I’ve gotten out of an internship.

3. Intern Life, Fun and Balance

Of course my internship was not all work. There was plenty of fun to be had both at work and at home, where over 100 other VMware interns from all across the world were living. The VMware University Relations Program provided interns with a variety of events to get to know each other and explore all that California has to offer. From social events like our LAN party on VMware’s campus, day trips to places like Angel Island, volunteer opportunities within the local community and possibly the most important factor: reasonable working hours. No one ever asked or expected me to work more than a normal 40-hour work week. This left plenty of time to hang out with fellow interns and explore. I think work life balance is important because for most of us, the things that matter and are important to us and define who we are occur outside the office. It only makes sense that these things get as much of our attention as we can afford to give them.Mark_Roukema_3

4. Anticipation for What’s Next

When my first internship at VMware came to an end I came to appreciate how great of an opportunity I had come across. I was leaving with more knowledge and experience than I had ever imagined that I would get out of an internship. During my last week I learned that if I wanted to, I could walk away with one more thing, an offer to come back and intern for another four months.

For me this was an easy decision. VMware is by far the best internship experience that I’ve had to date. I know that I have a lot to learn and takeaway from my return, so I’m looking forward to what’s next. I’ve been given the opportunity to continue my work from the previous term and am excited to see it through the next phase of its lifespan.

Thank you VMware for this incredible opportunity to work with passionate people who are driven to challenge the status quo all while having fun and building meaningful relationships. I’m looking forward to the remainder of my second internship.

 

About Mark: Mark is a fourth year student pursuing a Bachelor of Software Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is currently continuing his work with networked storage technology on the Ecosystem Research and Development team at VMware.

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7 Reasons It Pays to Be a VMware Intern

Making an impact while growing personally cannot be defined by monetary measures alone especially for our interns at VMware. The true rewards of interning here are made of meaningful work, rich learning, a collaborative environment, attention to flexibility and fun, and a culture of learning and service to one another, our customers, and the community.

 

AmberDanielsAs an insider on the VMware University Relations team, I want to share with you seven reasons I believe it truly pays to be an intern at VMware:

1. Meaningful Projects: At VMware, our intern projects are tailored to meet the specific needs of the business. The program is designed to provide students with real life practical experience, challenging projects, and the chance to experience our culture first hand. VMware interns can rest assured that they’ll be an integral part of a team. From day one, our interns are welcomed and encouraged to share their ideas, attend team meetings, and are given the opportunity to highlight their internship projects to the entire company (including executive staff). When asked about her internship project presentation Disney Lam, 2013 VMware Intern says, “I enjoyed speaking with other teams about how they can integrate the project into their own code. Some engineers even asked me when the project was going into production!” Overall, we don’t hire interns to match a yet to be determined project. We hire for specific projects for specific teams. Our interns know that the work they are a part of will make an impact.IPS_Blurred_2013[1]

2. One-on-One Mentorship: VMware interns have a designated mentor from day one. An internship here is not a job shadow, it is an opportunity to learn from and work beside the best minds in the industry.  Typically, our mentors are the people that design the intern projects, so who better to learn from. Additionally, our female interns have the added advantage of an extra female mentor. This is a part of VMware’s WCW (Women Connecting Women) Program. WCW is a springboard for female interns and new college grads to connect and build their networks with the goal of empowering other females (that are even younger) with the tools and resources to pursue a career in STEM.

“Thanks to the WCW Program and the Grace Hopper conference, I had the privilege of starting school with some fantastic new contacts of women in the industry, inspiration form role models in the field, and a surge of momentum to take into kicking off the year for my tech outreach student groups” says Helen Hastings, 2013 VMware Intern.Helen_Hastings_4

3. Collaboration From the Top to the Bottom: There is company-wide support of the VMware Internship Program. From the start of on campus recruiting to the peak of the internship season, there is widespread support. Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, makes it a point to speak to the interns during the annual summer kickoff event. In addition, executives like Sanjay Poonen, Raghu Raghuram and Carl Eschenbach participate in Q&A sessions with interns on-site to share information on their career path and encourage direct, open door conversations.

4. Intern Housing: Finding housing in Silicon Valley is no easy task (especially if the needs are short-term). To enhance the overall experience, VMware provides housing options for interns that do not live locally – a huge perk and also shuttle service.RAFT_Service_Learning_4

5. Interns Give Back in the Community: Giving back is an integral part of VMware’s culture, so it is something that we want to share with our interns right away. Each year, VMware interns are given eight paid hours and new college grads are given 40 paid hours to volunteer for a cause that matters to them. In recent years, our interns have worked on assembling hands-on learning kits for science & math teachers and have also helped to sort a variety of donated materials for distribution to educators working in underserved communities.

6. Interns Have Fun: VMware’s CTO, End-User Computing, Kit Colbert stated, “While we work hard, we also have fun.” This holds true for VMware interns too. Whether it be a team outing to Angel Island, Boston Museum of Science, ice cream socials, cookouts, coding challenges, or coffee chats with senior leaders, our interns have fun while making a difference!

7. Growing Professionally and Personally: Interns and new grads are core to VMware’s growth. Our main goal is to see our interns succeed. When asked about his manager’s interest in his professional development, Charles Monnett, Member of Technical Staff and former VMware Intern said:

He genuinely cares about my professional development… At first I thought I was just lucky to have landed on such a great team, but I’m starting to see that I’m not the only one here who has such a supportive manager, it’s company wide and I’m glad I chose to start my career at VMware.

_DSC5633(1)Growth is multi-faceted. A 2013 intern quoted, “You will learn more in three months at VMware than an entire year at school”. We take a holistic approach at VMware when delivering the internship experience to our talented Undergrads, Masters and PhD students. We understand that these students have different goals. A sophomore undergrad may want to mix things up after interning with VMware and go intern with another company the following summer, while a PhD or Masters student may come back for three summers and eventually accept a full-time role with us. Whatever our interns decide, we support them 100%.

We understand that interning is a student’s only opportunity to test the waters before accepting a full-time offer and we believe they should make the right decision for their individual needs. At the end of the day we hope our interns walk away with a new network and unforgettable lasting experiences.

Do you want to learn more? Are you ready to make an immediate impact by architecting what’s next in IT and for yourself? Join us!

 

-Amber Daniels

 

About Amber: Amber Daniels is a Senior University Relations Specialist for VMware working out of the Austin, Texas office. Prior to her role as a University Relations Specialist, she was a recruiter on the University Relations team. Amber enjoys connecting with students and planning creative ways to engage with them. During her spare time, she likes spending time with her two year old and watching college football- not at the same time.

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True Professional Growth Goes Beyond Salary Bumps and Promotions

Shawns_Profile_PicAs a recruiter one of the most common questions I receive from potential hires is, “What kind of professional growth does VMware offer?” From human resources to engineering, VMware is passionate about empowering its people with the tools and resources to grow. I can personally attest to this statement.

When I began my journey at VMware as a staffing coordinator, I had little experience in university recruiting. My role was to schedule interviews and book travel for potential new hires visiting VMware’s campuses around the globe. In just two years, I’ve progressed from staffing coordinator to junior university recruiter and into my current role, as a university recruiter. I have the privilege of working with and hiring some of the brightest engineers computer science has to offer.

This journey would not have been possible if I wasn’t given the tools and support I needed to be successful. There is a lot of opportunity for growth in my team. We have countless projects that don’t fall under a specific person’s responsibilities so any time I see a special project, I always make sure my management knows I’m open to the challenge. For example, I was asked to co-pilot a 300-person open house event for students at VMware headquarters last summer. This was the first event of its kind for our team and I was honored to be able to plan and execute the event with another colleague. It taught me the value of collaboration and event planning, which I can take with me on my professional journey. I’m grateful to have a great management team that trusts me with more challenging projects like this one.Shawn_Convo_Pic

Well enough about me. I recently connected with Charles Monnett, a University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign computer engineering undergraduate, and one of my first hires as a VMware Recruiter, to get his take on the opportunities for professional growth at VMware.

Charles is a Member of Technical Staff for the Continuous Product Development team (CPD). He does the maintenance of VMware’s hypervisor (ESXi) at the hardware level.

When I asked Charles about his experience over his first six months, he had some great things to say.

“I love what I’m doing here. My manager trusts me to make decisions that will impact our products. He lets me choose how I want to handle a problem and if I make a mistake, he gives me the opportunity to fix the mistake rather than fix it himself.”

Professional growth isn’t always about promotions and salary bumps. Being allowed to make decisions and working through the results of those decisions can grow your toolbox of professional knowledge. As a software engineer, it’s easy to only focus on the code. As an engineer at an enterprise software company, software engineers need to be able to interface with their customers so that they can understand what their needs are and shape their product enhancements around these needs. “I’ve learned so much since I’ve been here,” Charles said. “One thing I’ve learned, that they don’t really teach you in school, is how to work with customers. It’s nice to learn the non-technical side of things. Knowing what works and what doesn’t work for our customers will allow me to make our product even better.”

When asked about his manager’s interest in his professional development, Charles said, “He genuinely cares about my professional development. Just a few months into working at VMware I was given the opportunity to be a triage lead. It gave me insight to how our company partners with our customers to resolve customer issues and it also got my name out there.” Charles continued to say, “I’m learning to work with people. I can take these skills home with me and it helps me be a better friend and a better husband… At first I thought I was just lucky to have landed on such a great team, but I’m starting to see that I’m not the only one here who has such a supportive manager, it’s company wide and I’m glad I chose to start my career at VMware.”

Like Charles, I too am glad to have started my career with VMware. With over 14,000+ coworkers, I feel that each of us has won the career lottery as we’re empowered to drive what’s next for our customers, the business, and each other.

 

-Shawn Sigona
About Shawn: Shawn is a University Recruiter for VMware’s University Relations team. He works at VMware’s corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California supporting the Suite business unit. When Shawn isn’t recruiting, he spends his free time playing video games and rebuilding broken computers.

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Innovation at Work: VMware’s 2014 Academic Conference Schedule

Jikado_HannaConference season has arrived for many of us here on the VMware University Relations  & VMAP (VMware Academic Program) teams. Each year, VMware takes a targeted approach towards sponsoring the top systems software conferences worldwide. We feel that interacting with research communities is paramount to our ability to innovate on forward-looking technology. The value of any conference comes from what we as a company and staff member can bring back and share. VMware attends and sponsors these conferences in an effort to listen and learn from industry leaders and experts, educate individuals on our different product lines and build relationships with students, faculty, and customers.

As we plan for this year’s events, I wanted to take a moment to share a list of the 2014 Academic Conferences that VMware will be sponsoring.

FAST (File and Storage Technologies) Conference: February 17 – 20, Santa Clara, California

ASPLOS (Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems) Conference: March 1– 5, Salt Lake City, Utah

NSDI (Networked Systems Design and Implementation) Conference: April 2 – 4, Seattle, Washington

EuroSys Conference: April 13 – 16, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

IEEE Security & Privacy Conference: May 18 – 21, San Jose, California

USENIX ATC Conference: June 16 – 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Includes the USENIX ATC, HotCloud, HotStorage, ICAC and WiAC events)

SIGCOMM Conference: August 17 – 22, Chicago, Illinois

VLDB Conference: September 1– 5, Hangzhou, China

OSDI (Operating Systems Design and Implementation) Conference: October 6 – 8, Broomfield, Colorado

LISA (Large Installation System Administration) Conference: November 9 – 14, Seattle, Washington

For those planning on attending, you will have an opportunity to engage with VMware  representatives and engineers in a number of ways such as stopping by our booth to chat, attending our “Birds of a Feather” sessions, checking out our technical posters, listening to one of our keynote talks or sitting in on one of our technical research presentations. So whether you’re a system administrator, architect, software engineer, researcher, aspiring student, or otherwise involved in IT services, these conference will be advantageous for you to attend.

With that, we anticipate a strong VMware presence at this year’s academic conferences and look forward to connecting with anyone and everyone who plans on attending!

 
-Jikado Hanna

 
About Jikado: Jikado Hanna is a Technical Recruiter on the University Relations team. Based out of the VMware Cambridge, Massachusetts site, Jikado’s focus is on building relationships with the Nation’s top PhD Students. He is an avid Boston and New England sports fan and also considers himself a food enthusiast.

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