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The Community at VMware Empowers Renmin University of China Student to Thrive

From day one, student innovators are empowered to do everything they’ve ever dreamed of at VMware while making a positive impact on the world. Connect with Renmin University of China Student and Staffing Coordinator Intern, Karl to hear his unique perspectives on how the community at VMware is making his professional growth one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life.

 

photo of Karl Wang (1)Name: Karl Wang

Role: Staffing Coordinator Intern

Office: Beijing, China

University: Renmin University of China

 

It’s been three months since I started working as a Staffing Coordinator Intern at the VMware Beijing office in China. When I first started, I was not familiar with the projects that I would be working on, but with the help of my teammate and mentor Jenny, I was able to successfully begin work. I have learned how to connect with candidates, schedule interviews and confirm interview times. I’ve also had the opportunity to contribute to the APJ (Asia-Pacific-Japan) Staffing Coordinator playbook, which is a step-by-step instruction on how to schedule interviews. The book is now being used by the entire APJ Staffing Coordinator team and has received positive feedback from the group. It was wonderful to hear how my efforts have positively impacted other coworkers and that it is making a difference in the candidate journey at VMware.

In China, it is not common for a subordinate to talk directly with his or her boss about anything. However, the community at VMware provides a clear and positive work environment, which means a lot to me. Through open workspaces, regular check-ins with my manager and team, as well as free snacks and drinks, I’m empowered to focus on my work while being comfortable too. I know that I’m a valued member of the team and am respected by my peers no matter their role at the company. Although my manager sits in the Singapore office, we have regular one-on-one check-ins over the phone. I’m able to ask her the questions on my mind and share how my week is going. She is always there to share her perspectives on how she might work through any challenges that I’m facing with my work. The APJ Staffing Coordinator team also has monthly meetings, which is a great opportunity for everyone on the team to share their latest project plans and work through any problems that we might be facing that day.

The kindness that I’ve been shown by other coworkers who has reached out to go have meals together or asked if I need help if I have run into trouble with my work has been so appreciated. The working attitude of everyone has influenced me a lot as well. Everyone is passionate for their work and truly believes that they can make a difference. I know that the work that I’ve contributed is valued by my teammates, and this makes me feel respected and empowers me to do my work better.

I love VMware and believe that my internship here will be one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life.

 

 

 

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New Bulgarian University Student Boosts Her Career at VMware Bulgaria

At VMware, we enable students and new graduates to continuously pursue moments of growth. Connect with New Bulgarian University student and VMware R&D Intern, Sonya Mileva, and discover how her experience at VMware Bulgaria’s Talent Boost Class sparked learning and meaningful connections beyond the classroom.

 

IMG_20150610_160054_1 (1)Name: Sonya Mileva

Role: Member of Technical Staff Intern

Office Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

University: New Bulgarian University

 

 

 

 

A Passion for Innovation

The simplicity and purity of mathematical and logical tasks have always appealed to me. This is why I went to New Bulgarian University to pursue my curiosity for math. There we use exciting tools like Mathemetica, which solves complex mathematical problems fast. In combination with the great lecturers and my classmates, my passion for technology was ignited.

 

Boosting Talent in Bulgaria

I first heard about the VMware Talent Boost Class from two of my friends who had attended previous sessions. The highly intensive course is held during the summer at VMware’s office site in Sofia, Bulgaria. One of the best things about the course was the size of the class. There were only 20 students in my session, so we all had the opportunity to connect and get our questions around the course material answered. Through the course I learned that it is okay to ask questions, even if you ask those questions more than once. Asking questions doesn’t make you sound unqualified or unprepared. Having an inquiring mind shows that you are a responsible and proactive addition to the team.Sonya2 (1)

One of my biggest moments of growth was after the Talent Boost Class when I joined VMware as a member of the 2015 intern class. Interning at VMware will not only allow me to apply my learnings from Talent Boost, but also explore new areas within Information Technology while becoming acclimated to the workplace atmosphere as a young professional. Overall, the Talent Boost Class allowed me to systemize my knowledge in a way that now gives me a holistic snapshot of IT.

 

VMware Intern Life

As a VMware intern, I have had the opportunity to work on a project that focuses on the optimization of the data transport of the product my team is working on. Every week I have discussions with my mentor around what I have worked on, any problems that I’ve run into and the best approach to tackle them. Along with my mentor meetings, I have had the opportunity to go to other team meetings with the broader group where the entire group gets together to discuss major changes and plans for the project. For lunch, we usually go to some of the nearby food places, which has been a great way to get to know my colleagues better while taking a break from the workday.

 

Milestone Memories or Embracing Moments of Growth

One of my favorite VMware memories is from the recent office site company event. Each year, VMware Bulgaria organizes an event for the Sofia employees to get together. This year, the event was held in October near Sofia in a town called Sandanski. Sandanski is known for its thermal springs and clean air free of allergens. The event incorporated Service Learning, which is an opportunity for employees to give back to the causes closest to their hearts. It was a great day because there were various volunteer opportunities including crafting souvenirs, painting schools, cleaning national parks, and translating information into Bulgarian for foreign educational sites. I participated in the group that crafted souvenirs. We made nice products that will be sold at charity bazaars. Knowing that we were creating something that will help others was a great feeling. That day was a great experience for me because I know we were helping make a difference in the community.

 

 

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Birla Institute of Technology and Science Student Makes an Impact on VMware Identity Manager

At VMware, interns and co-ops have the opportunity to work alongside industry thought leaders who transforming the way businesses do work. Connect with R&D Intern and Birla Institute of Technology and Science student, Mayank Juneja, and discover how the community at VMware is empowering him to make a meaningful impact on the transformation of Information Technology.

 

IMG_20151105_143147Name: Mayank Juneja

Role: Intern, R&D

Office Location: Bangalore, India

University: Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani

 

 

A Day in the Life at VMware 

FullSizeRenderMy day begins with a hot cup of coffee and checking emails. I am working with the DevOps team for VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) to develop an Operator Dashboard to display analytics information. The project involves global collaboration, so I have the opportunity to partner with teammates at VMware Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Brainstorming with my mentor over a particular issue is a daily feature. And when you have a mentor with a sense of humor, it can be a lot of fun. I spend most of my time coding for tasks and incorporating review suggestions, so the project is as challenging as it is interesting, as every day I am learning a new tool or concept. When I need to relax, a game of foosball or table tennis is my escape. The day ends for the India team with a stand-up meeting to discuss project statuses and blockers.

Community Inside at Company  

I love the people here – they are intelligent, treat each other with respect and are always ready to help. I have already learned so much in just over three months and I can’t thank my colleagues and manager enough for it. And not to forget the fun part, I have been to so many team dinners and parties, including Intern Day, a fun outing with games and activities around Bangalore, as well as my first Beer Bash, a tradition that brings employees together at the end of the week to celebrate our accomplishments and community together.IMG-20151030-WA0002

Milestone Memories

When I was able to give a demonstration of my project after it first went into production. The demonstration was part of a Sprint Review, which is a fortnightly event to review the work done by all the teams at vIDM. I was surprised by how well my demo was received by everyone. I felt a sense of accomplishment and it was an amazing feeling.

Embracing Moments of Growth

If you are enthusiastic about technology and want to work in a highly productive environment, VMware is the place to be. You will get a chance to work on real projects and explore technologies beyond the regular university curriculum. If you have an opportunity at VMware, take it with both hands and get ready for an invaluable learning experience.

 

 

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Changing the Face of Technology Through Team Connections

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Niamh O’Regan is currently a student at Cork Institute of Technology and a Technical Support Engineer Intern on the Systems Operations team at VMware Cork. At university, she’s pursuing a Bachelor of Business Studies (Honors) in Information Systems. She is close to concluding her six month VMware internship on August 28th.

It’s incredible to think about my achievements over the past five months. I went from knowing nothing about VMware products to diagnosing and resolving customer’s issues. In addition to gaining new technical knowledge, the last five months have been full of growth – all for the better. I’ve gained a deeper understanding of the industry I love and hope to enter upon graduation.

The work that I do here at VMware is challenging, dynamic, and has the ability to change the face of technology. We are preparing ourselves and the world for what’s next, so we always end up feeling well prepared. I have seen it myself in a few of my cases. A number of my cases came in with new issues that Technical Support Engineers and even Escalation Engineers have not seen. But together my teammates and I figured out what caused the issue, and resolved it.

Another major achievement for me during my internship has been connecting with my team,Niamh3 especially because there are no other female engineers. In large environments like tech corporations, I’m a very shy person. Even though my personality may not seem like it to people who know me well, new territory – especially professional – makes me very quiet. The difference at VMware is that you are welcomed in so warmly and encouraged to bring your whole self to work each day. My team is always in high spirits and ensures that no one person is feeling pressured. Thanks to my wonderful team, my initial feelings of shyness soon disappeared.

Hand on heart, my fantastic experience at VMware will definitely assist my future career planning. I have loved every minute of my placement, and I could see myself back here working as a Technical Support Engineer. There is so much variety – it’s never the same thing every day.

As a colleague of mine says repeatedly: “the only thing stopping you from reaching your potential is yourself.” I did not believe this at the beginning of this experience, but I fully believe it now.

The technical and professional knowledge that I have soaked up over the last five months is far more than I expected in such a short time, especially given the complexity of some of it. My internship at VMware has also solidified my decision to work in the Information Technology sector. As I leave my internship, though, I still feel there is so much more to learn – the only way to go is up! I’m so grateful for this experience to launch my career, whether it continues here at VMware or a different company, the foundations have been built by VMware.

— Niamh O’Regan 

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How A Great Idea Can Land You the Chance of A Lifetime: Intern Poster Session to VMworld

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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Defining Communities, Redefining Myself: An Intern’s Take on Giving Back through Service Learning

Aadi2Aditya Gorantala, who prefers to be called Aadi, is a full-time MBA student at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. He currently works as a Partner Compliance Analyst Intern from the VMware Austin, Texas office.

One of the most important lessons I learned in business school is to work at a place where your personal values resonate. I grew up learninAadi3g to give back to those who haven’t been lucky. Helping others gives an instant dose of contentment and empowerment to your daily life. Beginning at VMware, I presumed that I would have limited opportunities to volunteer due to the length of my summer internship.

Instead, I discovered that through the VMware Foundation full-time employees and interns alike can spend 40 service learning hours in their communities. The choice of charity is completely up to the individual. This excited me, and I began to search for volunteer opportunities. Then, a surprise was in store – one of my fellow interns suggested a day at the Austin Animal Center caring for the dogs and cats.

I was scared of pets back in my home country of India, so it took awhile before I decided to sign up. As the day arrived and the group of 10 VMware employees met at the Center, I challenged myself to overcome my fear of these four-legged wonders. We walked countless dogs that otherwise would be stuck in the kennel during the humid Austin afternoon. In no time, I was comfortable with my newfound, furry friends.

Looking back, did I make a change to the community? The number of people thanking us as we left the Austin Animal Center made it understood that our contribution was substantial. It’s true that a little help goes a long way.

It’s a matter of perspective — the benefit to me was learning something new. In providing service for others, I conquered my fear, networked with new friends, and obtained a greater understanding of the problems in our community and how I could give back. Above all, it was fun.

I can’t believe I am paid to do this, and more. This realization is a big deal because, for once, I have found a place where my personal values align with the business’s values. That place is VMware!

— Aadi Gorantala

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VMware Interns Networking All Over the World

Andrei1Andrei Mario Dinu recently finished his second year at the University Politehnica of Bucharest, where he is pursuing a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He is a Member of Technical Staff Intern working in VMware’s Sofia, Bulgaria office. For more on Andrei’s experience, follow him via twitter handle @dinuand.

The first time I heard of VMware was during my freshman year at the University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB), in a course called “Operating System Usage.” UPB is one of the top universities, and best in Computer Science and Engineering in my home country of Romania. I remember working on a homework assignment using VMware Workstation and playing with virtual machines. For the first time, I was familiarizing myself with virtualization. I realized that programming and I would be very good friends. In addition to my internal passion, my teachers, family, and friends inspired me to continuously follow my dreams and passion for technology.

It was this support system that sparked the interest in VMware that eventually progressed into my current internship. UPB has a program that exists exclusively to match up students with summer internships. Many of my fellow classmates are happy to share their experiences and refer others to companies they have interned with. In my case, I took advantage of both opportunities. Impressed by a former Romanian VMware intern who told me about his progress and experience, I also wanted to do something meaningful during the summer. So, joining VMware as an intern for 13 weeks was the perfect deal!

I’m so glad to be part of an awesome VMware community in Sofia! I trust my coworkers because when I’m facing an obstacle, they always give help and advice. More than anything else, I enjoyAndrei3 the highest level of transparency in everything my colleagues or I do. They want me to be successful, so the whole team can be successful. It’s also very fun working here. We have beer bashes every Thursday — everybody gets together, cools off with a beer, and shares stories of the week that’s passed. Sometimes, coworkers challenge each other to solve problems as fast as possible (We are geeks, so we enjoy this).

Internships are one of the coolest things you can do in your life, especially as a young professional entering the tech field. The interns are respected at VMware in whichever location they may be working from. The experience might differ between locale, but not that much. At VMware sites all over the world, the interns are simply dabbling with magic in a highly productive environment!

–Andrei Mario Dinu

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VMware Summer Internship Program Recap

Shawn Sigona1Shawn Sigona is the Global Intern Program Manager at VMware. Although based at Palo Alto headquarters, he strives to progress the global internship program and ensures that each intern has the best experience possible.

This year, we had over 450 interns in 35 offices, globally! Though our interns work from far and wide, in locales such as China and Bulgaria, the bulk of our summer interns are from the Americas region. In the US alone, there are 265 interns!

To kick off our summer, each location had its own intern welcome event. Headquarters in PaloShawnSigona6 Alto hosted a scavenger hunt across our 105 acre campus! While participating, our interns learned fun facts about VMware and familiarized themselves with important landmarks they would need to know to get around. These welcome events empower interns to engage with each other and the VMware community.

On the subject of community, the Internship Program empowers interns to engage with their local community as well. Through the VMware Foundation, all VMware employees receive Service Learning paid time off to donate their time to a charitable cause — interns are also encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful benefit. In our Cambridge, Massachusetts office, our ShawnSigona3interns donated their time to the local Boys and Girls Club that sorely needed attention. The Cambridge interns spent half the day organizing the local community center. In Palo Alto, the interns donated half a day to Hidden Villa, a local non-profit farm that donates a portion of the organic, sustainable crops they grow to feed families in need of healthy food. In total, the interns logged over 170 hours of service!

Throughout the summer, our interns were empowered to attend events where Sr. Leadership, C-level executives, and Principal Researchers spoke about various topics, ranging from how they ended up in their current position to highly technical research. This level of executive leadership engagement encouraged our interns to ask questions and be fearless leaders.

At the end of summer, each intern had the opportunity to present their summer’s work to the greater VMware community. For the interns in Cambridge and Palo Alto, we hosted a science fair-type event called the “Intern Poster Session”. We had several hundred people in attendance who voted on their favorite project. This was the first time non-technical interns participated in the Intern Poster Session and the MBA Finance interns rose to the challenge, winning the grand prize – an all-expense paid trip to VMworld!

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The End of Summer Celebration is the ceremonious farewell to our summer intern group. In Cambridge, MA the interns went to a 3-story Boston bowling alley. The Austin, TX interns enjoyed a day of golf at Top Golf. Our Palo Alto, CA interns went on a guided stroll through the botanical gardens in San Francisco followed by an afternoon of exploring the California Academy of Sciences. It’s always bittersweet to celebrate our interns’ accomplishments, and then have to say goodbye until next year.

VMware wishes our interns a productive school year ahead. We’ll see you all on campus this fall!

— Shawn Sigona

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VMware’s Women Connecting Women Program Makes Networking Simple

Prachi3Prachi Goyal is in her second month of interning in Finance. She is currently making the most of her time at VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters, and also looks forward to continuing her MBA at University of Texas at Austin in the Fall.  

My first mentor was, unintentionally, my mother. She leads her own life with independence and empowerment. She’s inspired and motivated me through my childhood to present day — encouraging my big dreams and the persistence to achieve them. My belief in mentorship and female empowerment originates from her. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to be mentor and mentee, following in the footsteps of the woman that inspired me.

Purdue University provided me with my first formal mentor. The Electrical Engineering department, as with most technical departments, has an incredibly skewed male-to-female ratio. As a freshman, I struggled to adjust to a new country and culture. The long journey to finding my voice became suddenly smoother with the help of my mentor in the Women in Engineering Program. As a junior, I returned the favor and guided incoming women engineers personally and professionally.

Joining VMware, my goal was to meet people across functions and better understand the company and its culture through those interactions. This goal was advanced by the Women Connecting Women program, which partners each female new hire with a successful female mentor. These mentors volunteer for the opportunity, so they are surely dedicated to inspire and develop the next generation of female professionals. My WCW mentor, Mimi Hills, identified my goal and was proactive in introducing me to the right people and helping grow my network. In addition, I always felt comfortable reaching out to her with both personal and professional issues. My VMware experience would not be the same without my WCW mentor, Mimi.

Prachi Goyal and her mentorThis blog post would be incomplete without mentioning my other VMware mentor – Behrooz Samin. He helped shape my project, and even invested as much time and effort into the project as me. He made sure he was there to help me whenever I hit a roadblock or needed to brainstorm over a challenge. Big thanks to him for dialing in from Hawaii for my final presentation!

I consider myself fortunate to have such supportive mentors at VMware. The mentors provide me with ability to network from day one, and set me up for success. I definitely learned a lot from their mentorship styles and will be able to support my mentees even better when I return to school. I’m sure my journey with Mimi and Behrooz will not end with this internship, but instead will be a guiding force in the next steps of my career!

–Prachi Goyal

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Growth is a Given: Ways the VMware Internship Program Inspires Professional Development

Xiyuan3Xiyuan Liu is in her fourth month of interning on the Network QE Team at VMware’s Beijing office. She is studying Telecommunications at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, with a special interest in the Internet of Things.   

I started as a VMware intern four months ago full of expectation. As those months passed, my internship at VMware has brought reflection on my future career and professional development. I’ve learned many lessons and have grown in many aspects, including professional skills, communication abilities, and attitude towards work and life.

My manager once gave our team members a lesson about “being brave to ask questions after presentations”. This topic is not that common since it seemingly has nothing to do with our daily work. However, its meaning is quite important to me. I have experienced many times, as a speaker and as an audience member, when there are no questions asked during the Q&A portion of a presentation. My manager shared advice on how to ask questions, even when we are afraid our question may be too simple. He encouraged us to be the first to ask. I have to admit this is a shortcoming in Chinese culture, where people are generally conservative and shy. But the lesson made me think a lot, and I have gradually overcome my fear and made my voice heard after presentations.

Daily interactions and bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with my mentor help me improve my professional skills and take advantage of my short internship. She taught me to have a peaceful attitude towards problems encountered at work, reminding me that every problem has its own solution. This new belief makes me more confident and calm when I am puzzled by a problem.

She always tells me that “better” is what we should aspire to. She impresses me with the way she upholds this view and encourages me. This attitude has led me to develop my communication skills. For example, recently I wrote a report about the new features I developed, and she asked me to revise it several times. This editing included improving the format of the email, the pictures inserted, and the titles listed. She notices and cares about every detail. When I compared the final version to the original version of my report, I felt respect and gratitude to my mentor.Xiyuan2

VMware also offers many chances for interns to learn from successful colleagues in our field. The engineers of VMware are willing to share their career stories with interns, which moves me deeply. The common theme between all of them is the passion towards what they have done, what they are doing, and what they are going to do. It is easy to develop this passion when it is demonstrated all around you. Just as the card on my desk says – “PASSION NEVER RESTS”. I hope this three-word sentence will accompany me in my future study and work life.

I have developed a lot as a VMware intern. The reflection on my future career encourages me, and all the lessons learned prepare me to face more challenges.

— Xiyuan Liu

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