University Talent VMware India

The VMware India – Campus Ambassador Program Second Edition

The VMware Campus Ambassador Program, a six-month program for talented, ingenious, and resourceful university students to represent VMware on university campuses was brought to life for the first time in India in 2020. The second edition of this program recently concluded, and VMware Careers sat down with Elina Parida, Emerging Talent Program Manager, who has been leading this successful program for two consecutive years.  

VMware Careers: How has the program been different from the first year that it was launched? Can you share what some of the highlights were in the second edition?  

Elina Parida: The 2020 edition of this program had five campus ambassadors, but in 2021the number increased to fourteen. Eligible engineering students were able to apply for this program via our website. Over 3800+ applications were received when we rolled out the program in September 2021. As part of this program, we had twenty-six VMware University hires from the previous years assigned as mentors for six months to these ambassadors. In addition, we also introduced the “Milestone” system. Our campus ambassadors unlocked rewards by achieving these milestones, leading them to pre-placement interview opportunities for the coming season and a VMware Certification voucher (VCTA)! 

During these six months, via different workshops, webinars, and campus to corporate talks, these fourteen ambassadors created VMware brand awareness in their respective universities with a combined reach of more than 3200 students. The final event for the program was a virtual hackathon where thirty teams participated, with two teams being selected as winners and runners-up. The students in these teams will also be provided with pre-placement interview opportunities. This program has increased our talent pipeline before we go on campus for interviews, and it contributes to VMware brand awareness in these universities. As a result, more students are aware and ultimately apply for opportunities during the upcoming season! 

The program ended in April 2022, with all the ambassadors and mentors virtually meeting for one final ceremony. They all shared their accomplishments, experiences, learnings, and key takeaways from the program during the ceremony, and we have received some fantastic feedback from the participants. 

VMware Campus Ambassador India Swag 2021 

VMware Careers:What feedback have you been hearing from the students and mentors who were a part of this program?  

Elina Parida: We asked the mentors to share their experiences, and this is what they had to say: 

  • “It has been an amazing experience being a part of this program. It was a 2-way learning process since it helped me learn about mentoring, hosting events, and collaboration. Absolutely loved the support and co-operation from co-mentors, mentees, and the Emerging Talent teams.” – Akshatha V Bhat, Application Developer 
  • “It was a wonderful experience hosting sessions with the college students. Apart from that, mentoring the Campus Ambassador was great to work on. I really enjoyed the 6-month program, and I am glad to represent VMware to other colleges. But most importantly, I developed my mentoring skills via this program and really appreciate the efforts by the program team for giving us this opportunity.”- Shriyansh Gupta, Member of Technical Staff 
  • “Campus Ambassador Program, in my opinion, is a great initiative, bringing VMware stack awareness in colleges and giving them the opportunity to learn about trending IT domains. As a mentor, I got the opportunity to give back to my college by arranging technical sessions.” – Aditi Varshney, Analyst for Colleague Technology Insights 

Here is what some of our Campus Ambassadors had to say about their experience – My Ambassador Moment Naman & My Ambassador Moment Saloni 

VMware Campus Ambassadors India 2021 

VMware Careers: How can people who are interested in joining the program apply?  

Elina Parida: Applications will re-open in August 2022 and interested students can apply directly on our website. In the meantime, visit the VMware Campus Ambassador Program page to learn more about the program and follow our Emerging Talent social media channels linked below for regular updates.  

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