At VMware, students are both challenged and rewarded with meaningful work and rich experiences in a collaborative environment that empowers them to architect what’s next. Hear from Kim Hollenshead, University Relations Recruiter as she shares her take on a few memorable intern experiences from the past summer.
Summer’s quickly coming to an end and a good number of our interns have already returned to their university campuses and even more are set to depart from VMware campuses within the coming weeks.
Over the last few weeks I’ve had final week phone calls with some of our interns and each time I’ve started the conversation by asking them if they can believe their time with us is over. Every one of the interns I’ve spoken to has answered with something along the lines of how they can’t believe time has flown by so quickly.
VMware’s typical internship is 12-weeks and the majority of our interns are relocated to one of two major campuses – Palo Alto, California or Cambridge, Massachusetts. This year we also had a handful of students in our Colorado and Austin, Texas offices.
Since the greatest majority of our students head to our headquarters in Palo Alto, we make sure that they have some fun events and learning opportunities to attend outside of their normal intern project work. Some of the things that took place this summer included:
- An ice cream social where they were able to mingle with the other VMware interns from various universities across the country
- A kick-off event where they heard directly from VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger about VMware’s three areas of focus: Software-Defined Data Center, End-User Computing and Hybrid Cloud as well as what’s next for the business
- Various Tech Talks and Leadership Speaker Series as well as a PhD symposium
- MBA Coffee Chats geared specifically to our MBA student’s interests
- Service Learning Projects where interns contributed their time to give back to the community
- Several fun outings including a trip to the Tech Museum in San Jose and Angel Island
- We also hosted a few events focused on connecting our female engineers to other professional female engineers so they could talk through workplace and career advice
And at the end of every intern season we host several poster and presentation sessions where interns can show off the research and business plans they’ve worked on during their time with us. It’s always great fun to see how much our interns have accomplished and afterward there’s a voting process where the winners receive a fully paid trip to VMware’s premier event – VMworld.
With all the fun and excitement that’s built into the 12-weeks that they’re here with us, it’s always bittersweet to send them back to school, but when we do we can rest assured they’ve both enjoyed their time with us and that they are returning with a larger understanding of the work VMware employees do and the work that we’re architecting for future generations to come.
Kim Hollenshead a University Recruiter at VMware, has held various roles within human resources (HR) since 1997 beginning with that as a corporate recruiter in Austin, Texas. With the evolution of the internet, Hollenshead found herself mesmerized by online social networking and social media and became involved with these outlets in 2005. Today, Hollenshead marries her HR and online social persona by advocating the use of social networks. She envisions them as tools to help both employees and employers in ways that can either better employees’ skill sets or to create value by using online tools to make high impact business decisions.
In October 2010 she joined VMware as a contract Recruiting Consultant and finding candidates to fill Sales, Sales Operations and other various business roles across the US. (www.twitter.com/vmwarekim) and in August of 2011 transitioned to VMware’s University Relations department as a University Recruiter. She’s currently supporting Networking, Security, Virtual Center, VM Cloud Director and Tech Ops business units to find VMware the brightest recent graduates and interns.
When she’s not busy with her VMware recruiting you’ll often find her reacquainting sorority sisters as the VP of Membership in the Texas Hill Country / North Austin ADPi Alumnae Association. She’s a lover of Tex-Mex and anything on Bravo TV and enjoys gardening, cooking, paper crafting, making jewelry and hanging out with her 3 dogs and a cat that has the personality of a dog and her husband.
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