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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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Pi Day – Celebrating Service with our Community

At VMware, Pi Day is a day we geek out over giving back. Together with our extended community, we celebrated 3.14 with a Service Learning fair, where people built connections with local causes and learned more about how they can contribute back. It was an amazing day – hard to capture in words, so we’re sharing some photos that convey the energetic vibe.

YOU INSPIRE ME

Throughout the day, we invited people to share what inspires them to serve. If you need a boost of inspiration, don’t miss our fun video. It’s guaranteed to make you smile (or whistle)!

WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE ANYTHING

Pi Day speaks to the spirit of community at VMware that recognizes our interconnectedness as citizens of the world. As such, we give back by using our time, talent and skills to create a thriving community together. Our deep gratitude to the nonprofits that joined us on Pi Day and shared ideas for how we all can spark change in our communities.

BIG THINGS HAVE SMALL BEGINNINGS

We want to hear from you. What ignites your passion to serve? Post a comment below or join us on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #iServe.

 

Looking forward to hearing what inspires you!

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Learn how three VMware women forge change daily and across the globe in their own right.

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2014), we’re sharing the dynamic stories of three of our very own technology leaders from across the globe. Kristina, Cindy and Pushpalatha from Bulgaria, China and India respectively are instigators of innovation making waves in the way they lead, frame a problem and get out of their comfort zone. They recognize that inspiring change starts from a conscious decision to rise to the challenge and lead by example. At VMware, creating a supportive environment where our people can thrive and innovate is core to the employee experience. Take a moment to learn more about what this means to Kristina, Cindy and Pushpalatha:

 

Kristina_Stoitsova_HeadshotName: Kristina Stoitsova

Role: Director R&D, vSphere Web Client

Office Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Years at VMware: 5.8 

Typical day for you: My typical day starts with coffee, my mailbox and a review of my calendar. I then look at the goals I’ve set for myself for the week – I try to stick to them during the day and not get lost in urgent tasks that are not that important.

The morning and early afternoon are usually busy with internal meetings and work with my direct team. Late afternoons and evenings is when most of our meetings between the Sofia and Palo Alto sites take place due to the time difference. Once I leave the office, I seek to have quality time with family and friends and re-charge my batteries for the next challenge.

I try not to let a day pass by without talking to engineers on my team, learning something new and helping someone out.

A pivotal moment for me: I have had several pivotal moments since I joined VMware. Joining VMware was a career-changing experience for me. I moved from a smaller Bulgarian software company into a completely new environment. The difference in scale and complexity was impressive. I was fascinated by the tremendous impact VMware products have on our customers and the IT industry. The number of extremely smart people also amazed me. My first year was full of growth. Looking back, joining VMware was one of the best decisions that I have made.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Several years later, I had a pivotal moment when I stepped into the role of a second line manager. I had to re-think my way of getting things done, the level of operation and the new challenges that my new role brought to life.

A more recent pivotal moment has been the start of an MBA program that I hope will further expand my horizon and will help me build the skills required to make the next step in my professional development.

As a woman, the strongest quality that you need to bring to work is: Every person, regardless of their gender, age, background or way of thinking has strengths and it is important to build upon them, rather than focus on weaknesses. I consider my empathy to people, my ability to set direction and goals while working within my team and alongside others, to be some of my strongest qualities in the workplace.

I inspire change by: As a lead of a large team of very capable engineers and managers, I inspire change by enabling and supporting my team to come up with and voice new ideas, take initiative to change and improve development processes and challenge practices that are there just because “they’ve been that way for a long time.”

 

Cindy_Kou_3Name: Cindy Kou (寇育新)

Role: R&D Senior Director, VMware End-User Computing

Office Location: Beijing, China

Years at VMware: 1.5

Typical day for you:  As a remote site leader, a typical day can look like:

  1. Conference calls and face-to-face meetings around cross-team communications, people development, and technical innovation that can last from the early morning until midnight in the office or from my home.
  2. Traveling to VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California for discussions on strategy and our overall roadmap.
  3. Visiting with customers, partners and field offices around the region to provide support and promote our products and solutions.

A pivotal moment for me: From the moment I joined VMware 1.5 years ago, I immediately loved the company because of its innovation and engineering culture. One way this innovation culture comes to life for our employees is through our company-wide innovation conference that happens every year. To participate, Engineers must submit papers about their forward thinking ideas. The authors who get their papers accepted are invited to present at the conference. Right after I joined VMware, the China R&D site organized an innovation contest as a means to inspire ideation. As an amazing result, the China site was able to fly more than 40 engineers to San Francisco for the 2013 innovation offsite.Cindy_Kou_1

As a woman, the strongest quality that you need to bring to work is: Getting out of your comfort zone. In my opinion, many intelligent women are too quiet to be well recognized by their managers and co-workers. The first thing for us to overcome is shyness. Speak up and share your brilliant ideas in public. You will earn more respect and trust. Females also sometimes find it difficult to feel included in the currently male-dominated world in the IT industry. I am always looking for commonality with other male professionals by socializing with them and my extend network. Some of my career opportunities came from my well-connected network. Lastly, women tend to pursue perfection and avoid taking risks. This characteristic prevents a lot of females from achieving higher career success. Don’t be afraid of failure. Stretch yourself by taking on new initiatives or challenging assignments.

I inspire change by: Delivering innovative solutions. For example, our View mobile client team filed a patent of virtual UI interaction model on mobile devices. The patent was implemented in production. Because of this innovation and other cool features, VMware Horizon View mobile clients have received very high appraisals from end users in terms of usability and performance. Our products are rated number four in both the Apple and Google Play stores. As a contrast, our competitor’s product received rating of two in both stores. Our team has changed the user experience and the competitive situation by delivering such an innovative solution.

  

Pushpa copyName: Pushpa G.P

Role: Senior Quality Engineering Manager

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: 17 Months

Typical day for you: Each and every day brings opportunities for me to learn and add value for VMware’s customers. As a part of the Suite interOp Quality Engineering (QE) team, I collaborate with multiple business units in order to create an environment where my team can obtain an overall understanding of the entire VMware product suite. Communication and collaboration happens predominately through email and conference calls since our teams are global. We’re managing multiple releases, so I try to balance my time with each of my team members by understanding and supporting their personal aspirations, while motivating and supporting them in achieving business goals.GHC_Pushpa_1

A pivotal moment for me: It was my third week at VMware when I received the opportunity to lead the interOp testing, primarily from a co-existence perspective. This requirement came because of a customer that had reported observations while installing and configuring multiple solutions released along with vSphere 5.1. It was a great challenge to find the upgrade sequence and install, upgrade and configure all 10+ solutions of vCloud Suite with just one team. This achievement was an excellent example of teamwork. Today I am proud to say that the interOp QE team has become strong enough to install, upgrade and configure almost 90% of the solutions in the vCloud suite and are capable of quickly ramping up to learn new solutions when they get added to the suite.

As a woman, the strongest quality that you need to bring to work is: The key to success is managing situations with what is available, owning your projects, and finding the right balance for your individual work-life needs.

I inspire change by: Being optimistic, leading change with a positive attitude, fostering an open culture, communicating with reasoning, bringing objectivity, welcoming different perspectives, better planning, coaching and enabling the team to convert challenges into opportunities. Overall, I try to always smile and seek the reflection of the same from others that I meet, thus bringing happiness and motivation. I am fortunate to have excellent support from all directions – my team, peers and management.

Be sure to join us in the #WomensDay discussion on Twitter and let us know how you’re inspiring change.

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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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