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A Look Back at the 2012 VMware Internship Program

The VMware University Relations team fosters relationships with universities, executes recruiting strategies and develops programs that enable VMware to acquire the best university talent around the globe.

Thank you to all our VMware Interns for a great journey this summer!

It’ hard to believe that four months have passed and 300+ interns have come and gone from VMware campuses around the world.  Most of our interns left with a sense of determination greater than the one with which they arrived. This new sense of determination is backed with an internship experience that was so much more than just a summer job.

A lot has happened to these amazing students. When they arrived they were excited, nervous and wondering if they would be able to achieve all that was expected of them. Quickly, they discovered that while VMware provided the tools and environment (mentors, support, systems, networking, meaningful projects) for their success, it was up to them to shape their success.

There was no separation of team member and intern… no separation from employee and intern… no separation of expectations. VMware interns, valued members of our collaborative employee community, knew they could make a significant impact to the team and company even in a short period of time.

Interns engaged and learned from some of our most talented people through:

  • Informal executive Q&A sessions
  • Lunch chats with top business leaders
  • Open discussions with top engineers in the company
  • Mentor programs
  • Service learning and giving back activities
  • Networking events
  • Team outings

We encourage our interns to share their experiences and work they accomplished over the summer with our greater VMware community through “poster sessions”.  Five separate poster sessions were held this summer, with hundreds of employees stopping by to engage in conversations with our interns.

So the heightened sense of determination was earned and has grown stronger as our interns return to their universities with the learnings from a robust VMware internship experience. From all of us at the VMware University Relations Program, we thank all of our interns for joining us this summer and for bringing your curious, enthusiastic, intelligent and energetic minds to VMware!

Best of luck!

 

-The VMware University Relations Team

 

 

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VMware University Relations – Top DO’S & DON’TS For Getting Your Resume Noticed

The VMware University Relations Team fosters relationships with universities, executes on recruiting strategies and develops programs that enable VMware to acquire the best university talent around the globe.

 

This season, the VMware University Relations team will attend over 100 events at campuses across the world, searching for tomorrow’s trailblazers. Last season we engaged thousands of excellent university students. One question I always get asked as a member of the VMware University Relations team is, “How can I differentiate my resume so it doesn’t get lost in the mix?”

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help your resume stand out from the rest.

 

DO:

Include a cover letter: This is the chance to tell your story the way a resume cannot. Be unique, and most importantly, be yourself.

Provide a concise objective: What kind of internship or full time opportunity are you looking for? What skills or knowledge are you going to draw upon? Tell us about your dreams and career aspirations.

Have a format that is clear and easy to read: Always submit your resume in PDF or Microsoft Word formats. And you may have heard this thousands of times, but always check your spelling! Have another pair of eyes look it over, as spell check isn’t always reliable.

Make sure your contact information is current and professional:  Be sure to have a simple email address, with your first and last name in it. For example, Ilovetoparty@gmail.com was ok for spammers, Craigslist and your buddies, however for employment, this does not put your best foot forward.

Include your GPA: This is only one piece of the puzzle, but it’s imperative that you showcase your academic achievement. A high GPA speaks volumes about self-discipline, time management and motivation.

Spotlight internships: The crown jewel of university resumes, real-world work experience. Resumes with applicable, high profile internships go to the top of the pile immediately. Remember to list what you accomplished on the project you worked on while interning.

Be specific about relevant coursework and projects: Articulate technical challenges and solutions. We don’t expect you to know all the answers, but we do want to see how you solve problems.

Dive deep into technical skills: For each programming language, include the number of years of experience along with tools and platforms administered.  And even if you have only dabbled in cutting edge technologies, add it!

Brag (a little): Did you place in a Hackathon? Are you a Teaching Assistant? Do you spend your free time doing community volunteer work? We want to hear about it. Pure technical ability is important, but we want to see what other skills you can bring to the table.  

DON’T:

Get personal: Omit gender, birthday, sexual orientation, age, family status, weight, and military or citizenship status. And no pictures please!

Embellish: I have seen resumes where people list themselves as “experts” in C++ only to have them come in and not get past the first interviewer. Remember whatever you write on there you will have to defend in an interview.

Go on and on: A good resume says a lot in few, succinct bulleted points. Steer clear of wordy paragraphs. Pull out a Thesaurus and use active verbs that focus on tangible accomplishments.

Be Generic: Your resume is your calling card; you need to make sure it doesn’t look like your roommate’s, classmate’s or anyone else’s. I was at a career fair last year and I saw at least 10 of the same resume; same font, same exact projects, same languages, same everything. Try to think out of the box a little about your own unique experiences, how you got there, and what you got out of it. For example, you could create a SlideRocket presume to have alongside your resume that would provide companies the opportunity to get a better idea of who you are and what you could bring to the table in a visual storytelling manner. Have you seen how Hanna Phan landed her dream job with a SlideRocket presume? Check it out here!

Hopefully these tips and tricks were beneficial for you and your resume preparation. Best of luck with this semester and I look forward to the possibility of reviewing your resume in the future!

 

-Keri, VMware University Relations Recruiter

 

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