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Avanti3Avanti Patil is a vCenter Site Recovery Manager Intern and a current Northeastern University student. She works out of the Cambridge, Massachusetts office and is enjoying exploring Boston.

When engineers first think about “virtualization”, the next thing that pops up into their heads is “VMware“. VMware is the virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions leader in the market because of their world-class products and business standards. The fact that this company was also voted amongst Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2015 ensures the healthy working environment for VMware employees. I always wanted to get first-hand experience working with such a huge enterprise. This dream became a reality when I joined VMware as a vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Intern.

The most notable pattern throughout my internship, in addition to the exciting project work, was the positive interaction and relationship-building opportunities I had with my coworkers. I am grateful to my manager, mentor, and Women Connecting Women mentor — who supported me and pushed me to do my best. I became close to the other interns over the summer, we had a blast together. All the interns bonded on personal level, while completing service learning for Avanti2the Boys & Girls Club, participating in Codezilla, and exploring historic Boston.

My goal from this internship forward is to interact with different people across teams and understand VMware’s work culture through these conversations. The social gatherings help to keep in touch with people who share similar interests, and are also an opportunity to share new ideas — not just about work, but about the city and its people.

As an intern, I’ve been exposed to a lot of cool new products and the cultural impact has left me speechless. The Intern Poster Session is the best reflection of this. The Poster Session is a science fair-type event at the culmination of the Summer Internship Program. Each intern, or group of interns, creates a poster to showcase their project work or propose a new idea. Judges and participants decide on the best ideas presented. The best part of Intern Poster Session was interacting with the coworkers who have been working on VMware products since inception, and watching them get intrigued by my idea! The response to my project was overwhelming, which led me to win the Poster Session.

The prize for winning the Poster Session was an invitation to VMware’s annual technology conference, VMworld. At the conference, I hope to grow network by continuing to interact with new professionals, learn valuable career tips from keynote speakers, and have an awesome time celebrating the company that has helped me realize my dreams!

Be sure to virtually join me on my journey as I “take over” the @vmwareu Instagram account on Monday, August 31 to help kick off VMworld.

— Avanti Patil

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