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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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5 Recommendations for Delivering Your Elevator Pitch to Employers at a University Career Fair

Allison_SteinkopfAs a recruiter at VMware, I define a student’s success on whether or not that student is able to leave a lasting impression with an employer during the career fair. As a student, there are two goals to keep in mind that will help you successfully navigate a university career fair: 1) learning relevant information about an employer, such as available growth & development opportunities, 2) and leaving a positive impression of yourself with the company representatives.

Here are five recommendations you can follow to achieve these goals:

1. Know who you’re talking with and ask relevant questions.

Different types of company representatives come to career fairs. You could be speaking with an HR representative, a recruiter, an engineer, or someone else. Once you know who you are speaking with, you will be able to better shape your questions. For example, an engineer is a great person to discuss technical project work with while a recruiter is the best person to ask about hiring timelines.

2. Don’t just ask what the employer can do for you, but tell the employer what you can do to drive what’s next for their company, its people, and the larger community.

Tell company representatives what you’re specifically looking for in terms of project work and why you are qualified to do this work. Research companies beforehand in order to have a concrete idea of what opportunities they have to offer you. After stating what you are most interested in, ask the representative if there are current opportunities for the kind of work you are looking for.

3. Learn more about the university program.

At VMware, we have extensive benefits for interns and new college graduates. Make sure that you ask company representatives what it is like to be an intern or new college graduate at their company. If you ask a VMware representative, they will say that beyond exciting project work, we offer additional benefits such as 1-1 mentorship, networking events with senior leaders and executives, educational opportunities, and much more.

 

4. Seek advice.

University career fairs are a great opportunity for students to get advice straight from employers themselves on how to take an individual to the next level. If you have time, ask an employer what they think of your resume or how you can further your experience to get closer to obtaining your dream job. Employers may provide resume critiques, advice about courses to take, or topics to research in order to propel your career forward.

5. Collect business cards and follow-up.

It is important to conclude your conversation with a clear path about next steps. Ask the company representative for a business card or social media information (i.e. LinkedIn or Twitter) so that you can follow-up with them. Additionally, ask if there are any other steps to take in order for you to be considered for open positions. If a representative tells you to apply online, make sure to follow through, as this will only help the employer help you. Many employers require candidates to submit an online application through their career website for compliance reasons so that candidates can be officially considered for open positions. Finally, if you do get a business card, you should send a follow up email with your resume and a thank you note to stay top of mind to the company representative after the career fair ends.

Overall, make sure that you’re prepared so that you can be confident when speaking with employers. You never know what opportunities could arise from your time at on-campus events, so make the most of them. You could end up speaking with an employer who was not originally on your list to speak with, and by taking advantage of this opportunity to gather more information about the company during the campus event, you will be better equipped to determine where you can bring your innovative ideas to life and grow professionally.

See you around campus this semester!

-Allison Steinkopf

 

 

About Allison: Allison Steinkopf is a University Relations Recruiter who works out of the VMware Austin, Texas site. She is a recent Austin transplant from California who loves to explore new restaurants and all that Austin has to offer.

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Are you an intellectual maverick driven to innovate? Connect with the VMware University Relations Team on campus this semester to learn more about our challenging opportunities.

It’s that time of year again! The VMware University Relations team is headed back out to university campuses across the United States to connect with game-changing student innovators – intellectual mavericks who are driven to innovate. We hope you will stop by our booth for a chat if we make it to your campus this semester. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about our available internships and new college grad jobs, grab some cool new swag, and discover how you can bring your innovative ideas to life and watch them grow at VMware.

Here’s where you can find us this semester – stay tuned for our PhD and international events:

Jan 21- UCLA Panel Discussion

Jan 22- UCLA Career Fair

Jan 23- UCLA STEM Masters and PhD Networking Night

Jan 27- Berkeley Internship Open House

Jan 27- University of Washington HDCE Career Fair

Jan 28- Northeastern CISTERS visit VMware Cambridge

Jan 28- Berkeley Tech Talk

Jan 28- University of Washington HCDE Info Session

Jan 29- Cal Poly SLO Winter Career Fair

Jan 29- University of Washington CSE Career Fair

Jan 29- University of Michigan Engineering Career Fair

Jan 29- University of Texas Panel Discussion

Jan 29- University of Texas FoCS Networking Night

Jan 30- University of Texas CNS Fair

Jan 30- University of Washington Tech Talk

Jan 31- MIT UPOP Luncheon

Feb 3- Cornell SWE Networking Dinner

Feb 3- MIT Tech Fair

Feb 4- Cornell ECAFT Fair

Feb 4- Cal Tech Career Fair

Feb 4- Carnegie Mellon EOC Career Fair

Feb 4- North Carolina State Panel Discussion

Feb 5- North Carolina State Engineering Fair

Feb 5- USC Career Fair

Feb 5- Carnegie Mellon VMware Day

Feb 6- Northeastern Career Fair

Feb 7- Northeastern Coding Challenge

Feb 10- Syracuse Career Fair

Feb 11- University of Michigan VMware Day

Feb 12- University of Maryland Career Fair

Feb 12- MIT Info Session

Feb 13- Stony Brook Tech Talk

Feb 14- Stony Brook Career Fair

Feb 17- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Networking Event

Feb 20- Carnegie Mellon CAOC Career Fair

Feb 24- U Penn Career Fair

Feb 25- Purdue CoT Fair

Feb 25- Purdue Networking Event

Feb 27- Stanford Info Session Featuring Raghu Raghuram

March 6- Columbia Resume Review

March 7- Columbia Career Fair

March 24- University of Michigan School of Information Career Fair

April 7- Purdue Computer Science Awards Banquet

April 10- San Jose State Engineering Career Fair

Don’t forget to ask our team members about our on campus interviews next time you see us. Each season we return to a few pre-selected universities to interview students on-site for internships and full-time new college grad roles.

We look forward to connecting with you!

 

Best,

Amber

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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Top 10 Reasons Why the 2013 VMware Interns Loved Interning at VMware

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Helen Hastings, 2013 VMware Intern and Grace Hopper Attendee, Challenges the Status Quo by Driving What’s Next for Women in Tech

At VMware, our people are fueled by a passion to continuously make things better. This passion to challenge the status quo and architect what’s next goes beyond technological innovation. Hear from Helen Hastings, 2013 VMware Intern for Nicira, on her VMware and Grace Hopper Conference experiences and the inspiring individuals that have empowered her to get things done.

 

Even after the close of my internship this past summer, VMware has provided me with amazing opportunities within the tech world by financially supporting my attendance of the Grace Hopper Conference this past October.

The Anita Borg Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) for Women in Computing is an annual conference designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. It is the largest technical conference for women in computing. As a young woman in a field that is currently dominated by men, the majority of my extracurricular hours are spent working with organizations promoting women in computer science, and GHC was a perfect opportunity for me. So after negotiating hard with my professors to let me take a few days off from classes, and getting homework ready to tackle on the long travel, I set off to Minneapolis, Minnesota with a plane ticket made possible by VMware.

I was blown away by the keynote speakers on the very first morning: Telle Whitney speaking on why she cofounded GHC and its accomplishments, Maria Klawe sharing how she brought the percentage of female CS majors at Harvey Mudd up to almost 50%, and Sheryl Sandberg asserting how women can overcome the obstacles they face in male-dominated careers. I spent hours in the Student Opportunity Lab, a myriad of round-table sessions where professionals spoke of topics relevant to participants my age, ranging from choosing the right internship to maintaining the best possible LinkedIn profile. At all hours, speakers, panels, and information sessions in every field possible were simultaneously occurring. Lynne Thieme, Director of R&D at VMware, was one of many speakers and gave a presentation on the evolution of data and application availability.

Much of my time was spent networking and grabbing every opportunity I could to meet inspiring individuals in the tech world. I reconnected with colleagues from prior internships and organizations such NCWIT (The National Center for Women and Information Technology), and was introduced to experienced employees from all over the country and outside it as well. I navigated the massive career fair and met women from every company present. VMware’s booth was incredibly popular because of their pink t-shirts boasting the words “Code Princess” with a crown of 1’s and 0’s, which were a hot commodity. I even overheard some young men brag about how happy they were to receive one! Participating in a tech fair where the swag was feminine and the company representatives were female was a fresh and inviting experience and wholly unique to GHC.

A prevalent theme of Grace Hopper was the importance of visibility of female role models in the technology industry. As a young woman, physically seeing and hearing from inspiring women in your target career does wonders to eliminate stereotype threat. VMware realizes the significance of this as well, which is why they host the Women Connecting Women (WCW) Mentorship program. I loved learning from my WCW mentor this summer. In addition to attending the VMware-planned events, she also made sure to visit my intern poster presentation and learn about my project, invite me on outings in the Bay Area, and even take me to an impromptu lunch in Santa Cruz. My favorite WCW event was the BFOIT (Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology) visit, where my mentor and I gave high school students interested in computer science a tour of VMware and a chance to meet a diverse group of VMware’s employees. The event reinforced how self-propagating the idea of mentorship is: learning from my own mentor, I was able to be a mentor to younger students. I made sure to stay in touch with a BFOIT teacher to invite his student’s to a high school hackathon I helped plan in the fall.

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 from role models in the field, and a surge of momentum to take into kicking off the year for my tech outreach student groups. Thank you so much to VMware for these wonderful opportunities!

 

-Helen Hastings

 

About Helen: Helen Hastings, VMware intern, summer 2013, had a blast and learned an incredible amount while working for Nicira on the Control Plane team and witnessing the successful launch of NSX. She is currently a sophomore majoring in computer science at Stanford University. She loves teaching others about programming, and is a director of tech outreach groups she++ and Pilot.

 

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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

 

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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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Campus tours, information talks, and career fairs top the agenda for the VMware University Relations EMEA Team

Connect with Marie O’Sullivan, VMware University Relations Staffing Partner, as she shares the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) team’s remaining 2013 university campus stops.

 

Fall in the EMEA region is one of my favorite times of year as my team and I have the opportunity to be out on university campuses connecting with dynamic students and promoting what’s next for the VMware University Relations Program.

Although we’re halfway through our fall campus tour, we still have several exciting stops remaining. Up next, we will be hosting a VMware Information Talk on November 19 with students at the University College of Cork, where we’ll share what it’s like to work at VMware and the vast number of roles we have to offer across EMEA. We’ll also share top tips on how to approach VMware’s application process and where you could best apply your knowledge and skills at VMware.

We’ll then cap off the season with a career fair at Trinity College on November 21 and a Future Makers Event for women students onsite at our London office. Future Makers attendees will learn how our products make some of the top companies around the globe tick, take part in a skills workshop to prepare for the work place, and network with members of the EMEA Management Team and like-minded peers. If you’re interested in attending the Future Makers Event, please register here. For questions, contact Ailsa Britain at abritain@vmware.com.

Overall, we’re looking to connect with students who are fueled by curiosity and the pursuit of the seemingly impossible to continuously drive what’s next. If this sounds like you, check out the VMware University Relations career site to see how you can bring your innovative ideas to life! And don’t fret. If we don’t make it to your campus before the end of the year, we will be out and about at universities across EMEA in early 2014. Feel free to connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay in touch.

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Marie O’Sullivan

 

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