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Consider the Big Picture – Benefits and Perks of Interning at VMware

VMware interns contribute their intellectual curiosity, innovative ideas and refreshing enthusiasm to the company every day. These game-changing innovators have the opportunity to make a real impact on VMware’s future and the technological community. Learn more about the meaningful projects, professional growth, community and giving back opportunities that VMware interns partake in from day one.

 

When you receive an offer letter at a company, you begin to take many factors into consideration— compensation, benefits, bonuses, relocation, etc. It can be easy to get caught up in the numbers, but there are other important benefits to take into consideration as well. I share a few important aspects here that you may not see on an offer letter at VMware.

Meaningful Projects

To begin with, VMware interns experience a majority of the same benefits that our full-time employees do. We believe that it is important to give our interns the full employee experience as they work alongside our employees. As a VMware intern, you will have the opportunity to work on meaningful projects. Top leaders in the company approve all intern projects, as work that can make a direct impact on VMware’s future. For example, our Horizon Mobile product was essentially created out of a summer internship project

Growth & Development

VMware values both personal and professional development for its people. And as you probably know, learning doesn’t stop once you leave the university classroom. Because of this, we empower our interns with the tools and resources to grow their careers and ultimately figure out what it is that he or she wants to do in life. With that, interns participate in the Intern Speaker Series to give them the chance to hear from different business and technology leaders in the company. Inna, 2012 Performance Group Intern said, “The PhD Intern Speaker Series was something that I absolutely loved being able to take advantage of… Principal Engineers candidly spoke with us about their careers. It was fascinating and inspiring to listen to these individuals and hear how their career paths have evolved throughout their time here at VMware.” Our engineering interns will also have the opportunity to participate in an R&D boot camp, providing an in-depth look at the VMware product suite.

Mentorship

Every VMware intern, no matter his or her location is paired with a mentor. Magizharasu, 2012 Cloud Foundry Intern said, “Working together and collaborating as a team with my mentor and designer rather than working alone was very beneficial to me.” These mentors are there to not only provide their personal career experience, but to also be a resource outside of their immediate team during the intern experience. Our female interns are also welcomed to participate in the WCW (Women Connecting Women) Program.

Work Life Balance

Providing an environment where people can grow, enjoy the employee communities and get things done is important at VMware. As an intern, you will receive a laptop to allow for flexible hours in the office or remotely depending on set up and communicating with managers. Additionally, we have a full gym onsite that includes daily workout classes.

Giving Back

Giving back is also an important value at VMware. As full-time employees, our people receive five days of paid time to contribute their time, skills and talents to make a difference in our global community. As an intern, you have the opportunity to give back during one working day at VMware.

Food and Socials

VMware stocks its office break rooms with healthy snacks and beverages and most sites have a weekly social gathering at the end of the week. Employees and interns alike gather to hang out and connect over tasty bites to eat.

As you can see, VMware Interns are empowered to grow and to create what’s next in IT and have some fun while working alongside some of the most intelligent thought-leaders in the technology industry. Whether you are embarking on an internship, full-time role or just starting to plan out where you want to go professionally in life, don’t forget to look at the whole picture including great work, awesome colleagues and a fun workplace!

 

 

-Amanda Merriweather, Jr. University Relations Specialist, VMware

 

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An inside look at the VMware Israel Site

With over 50+ locations throughout the world, VMware is truly a global community made of passionate employees who thrive on collaborating together to bring IT industry-changing innovations to life. Each site also carries its own uniqueness, which is why we are highlighting office stories through our VMware Office Spotlight series. Get a flavor for what the VMware Herzliya office in Israel is like today!

 

Where: Herzliya (Location, Location, Location…)

Opened in 2008, VMware Israel is located in the center of the Israeli “Silicon Valley” and coastal city of Herzliya. Just four minutes away from the Mediterranean sea shore and surrounded by vivid business and recreation opportunities, the Israeli site of VMware offers opportunities to enjoy a variety of gourmet restaurants to dine at with coworkers, a gym and swimming pool across the street and a view of the sunset over the Mediterranean sea from our fourth flour cafeteria to close out the work day.

What: VMware Israel R&D Center (and an award-winning sales group as well)

As an R&D and Sales hub for VMware, our site helps drive innovation on several VMware products, such as Horizon Mirage, which offers a new approach for managing end users’ physical or virtual desktops and laptops, and the VMware IT Business Management Suite, aiming to provide a unique solution for managing the financial aspects of the Cloud.

How: Innovation, Teamwork and Excellence

Driving what’s next comes to life in many forms at VMware Israel, from a single contributor developing a new idea and following through with it, to innovation events for the entire site and company.

In 2012, the Israel site closed out the year with an innovation celebration. During the celebration, employees gathered together to work on a variety of project ideas during an onsite Hackathon. After a few days of exhilarating work, winners were announced and each team showcased a proof of concept for their idea.

“Having people who you can count on to do excellent work and whom you can brainstorm with is a valuable asset to the company, and certainly one that is highly noticeable at our site, ” says Lital Hassine, Team Engineering Lead. To develop new technologies at the Israeli site, our teams leverage the Agile SCRUM methodologies when collaborating on projects. The Israel site has embraced this methodology for several years now, as the process is flexible, productive and fun.

Several teams are employing test-driven development and pair programming which increases communication and makes our code and design better. Every piece of code has a corresponding unit-test, which serves as a safety net for logical code mistakes. We also shuffle the programming pairs, so that engineers can work on a variety of tasks and share their knowledge and skills with one another. Another great thing about our process is that on every source code change, a fleet of VM’s are running 1,000’s of black-box system tests against the entire system – providing our employees with instant feedback about our latest code changes.

The Year Ahead

As the leader of the Israeli hi-tech industry, we plan to further drive the impressive growth we have experienced in the past several years by continuing to foster an environment where passionate and dynamic people can develop professionally and work together to create innovative, high quality products and solutions that answer our customers’ real needs.

 

-Niva Levran, VMware Staffing Partner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VMware University Relations Connects With Future Female Innovators

At VMware, we actively attract, engage and celebrate our people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. By doing so, we foster a culture and environment where great people want to work and thrive. Today we hear from Alicia on the VMware University Relations team’s outreach initiatives for female interns and future innovators.

 

As another year of UR (University Recruitment) comes to a close, those of us on the VMware University Relations team are now looking forward to welcoming our summer 2013 intern class. We have a ton of great events in store for our interns on-boarding over the next few weeks. We are especially excited for our initiatives around our female interns and future female innovators.

One program that we want to highlight in particular is our WCW (Women Connecting Women) Mentoring Program. The WCW program matches each U.S. – based female intern with another female employee at VMware during her internship. The Mentors may hold roles in similar or vastly different functional areas of VMware in comparison to their Mentees, which helps in offering a unique perspective of life at VMware. Mentors and Mentees usually meet at least once a week in person throughout the summer to connect and catch up on projects, upcoming events and VMware experiences.

In addition, the UR team organizes a few events for WCW members to attend together. This year we’re exited to host a speed networking themed kick-off event in June, which enables members to greatly expand their network. We are also busy planning VMware Foundation Service Learning activities for the WCW group. Last year, our WCW interns had the opportunity to give back to InnVision in Palo Alto, LifeWorks in Austin and Cambridge Women’s Center in Massachusetts. Another event that we are very excited about organizing will be a networking mixer for WCW members and our newly on-boarded female new college graduates who have taken full-time positions with VMware. We’re very exited to introduce these two groups to one another and expect that long-term connections will be developed.

Helping inspire and ignite a passion for technology with future innovators is another initiative that we are proud to support here on the University Relations team. We have just about finalized the details to host a WCW job shadow day in July for Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in IT (BFOIT) at VMware headquarters. During this event, middle school and high school students from BFOIT will have the opportunity to experience a day in the life of an intern and full-time employee. They will also be provided with a tour of our expanding Palo Alto campus and will get involved in a panel discussion about careers in tech.

On a related note, VMware is once again looking forward to sponsoring “VMware Day” at the University of Texas, Austin’s First Bytes Summer camp. First Bytes is a one-week residential camp for female high school students in Texas that are interested in studying Computer Science in college and/or pursuing a career in the technology industry. We are currently hard at work on an exercise that we will conduct with the First Bytes students, which will help introduce the concept of a virtual machine.

Lastly, we are also proud sponsors of the MIT Women’s Technology Program (WTP) this summer. WTP is a four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students can explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs and team-based projects. Employees from our Cambridge site will be getting involved in activities with WTP participants in July.

Overall, we are extremely excited about being involved in these initiatives, camps and programs. We look forward to sharing these experiences with you further as they unfold. If you will be interning with us this summer, we’re excited to meet you very soon and get you involved in one or more of the highlighted efforts. If you would like to intern with us, we still have a few positions available. Visit our career site here to learn more!

 

Network on!

Alicia Montesa, Sr. University Relations Specialist, VMware

 

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VMware Interns Drive What’s Next Through Meaningful Projects

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Matt Wendorf, Technical Recruiter for University Relations at VMware

 

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