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Cloud Security Intern

May 2022 • Raleigh, NC

What I liked

- Extremely helpful and friendly employees, everyone wishes to see you excel at what you're doing and actively try to push you into areas you want to break into. - Remote position with the company providing you the necessary resources to do so (i.e. computer, charging cables, etc.). - Meaningful project work - I got the opportunity to create a program that solved a problem my team was facing and see it implemented into their daily tasks.

What I wish was different

There was not much I wish was different, it was a bit slow going to get me up to speed within the Security org and there was a lot to learn but I believe that is the nature of the Cybersecurity space. No complaints or bad experiences from the company thus far!

Advice

Make sure you network and reach out to people that are doing the job you want to do! Cisco has a position for everyone and are actively looking for students to fulfill their early-in-career positions that will lead to full-time employment so make sure you network when you're here and express interest in coming back!
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Intern for the Cisco High Externship Program

June - August 2021 • Herndon, VA

What I liked

I loved meeting business professionals at Cisco who worked in different fields like Leadership Executives, Culture and Technical leaders, Sales and technical professionals in IOT. In my work with the Cisco High Externship Program, I loved leading calls of several dozen people, building an environment that uplifted and inspired high schoolers to grow their industry skills and network for future opportunities.

What I wish was different

I wish to have gotten slightly more training to do something more technical.

Advice

Choose a couple people to grow a professional relationship or mentorship.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2021 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

It was very flexible.

What I wish was different

If the team had a more planned out program

Advice

Be engage! Ask your boss any questions you have.
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Hardware Technical Intern

June - September 2021 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

I loved the environment and people. It is an amazing place to work.

What I wish was different

The content of the internship wasn't necessarily my main interest.

Advice

You do not need to be stuck in the same field or career your entire life. Experiment around with different things, especially while you're still young and new in the industry.
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Technical Sales Engineering Intern

May - August 2021 • Raleigh, NC

What I liked

I enjoyed shadowing systems engineers

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Technical sales is super fun
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Data Analyst Intern

May - August 2021 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Meeting some high up execs of Cisco was really cool, and getting to work with other interns was really valuable

What I wish was different

Not a lot of hard core data science mentorship, a lot of DS learning was self-driven

Advice

Reach out to more Cisco employees whose interests align with yours
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Extern

June - July 2021 • Richardson, TX

What I liked

It was a great experience learning about projects, connecting with other externs and executives at Cisco, and working as a team to present a proposal for an app.

What I wish was different

I wish there was slightly more organization and communication near the beginning, but it was eventually fine.

Advice

Be willing to work as a team and give it your best effort.
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Software Development Intern

June - August 2021 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

I liked the company culture. Everyone on my team was very welcoming and helped me a lot.

What I wish was different

Advice

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UX Intern

June - September 2021 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

I really enjoyed my supportive team, learning about design systems, interacting with different teams and different team members. Additionally, I enjoyed working on my design audit project because I got to improve my public speaking and presentation skills. I got to network with other peers as well as professionals, learned more about the design industry, as well as practice design skills I otherwise wouldn't have done in school.

What I wish was different

I wish I got to design more, but due to the time frame for internships, I could only do so much in a specified time.

Advice

Do not be afraid to ask for feedback! I learned to ask for feedback more often. If you do intern at Cisco, try joining intern interest groups. They were a fun way to make new friends and network with those with similar passions as you!
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Software Engineer

June - September 2021 • Raleigh, NC

What I liked

How remote work was handled Weekly internship events

What I wish was different

None

Advice

Make the most out of internship, make friends
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2020 • Alpharetta, GA

What I liked

Being able to meet new people and work collaboratively.

What I wish was different

I wish that I was able to go to the office.

Advice

A piece of advice I would give is to enjoy the time with others and make it last. Meeting new people and other interns was a great way to spend time and work in the same agile environment.
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Marketing Specialist

May - August 2020 • Raleigh, NC

What I liked

I liked being able to meet the other interns

What I wish was different

The work you do doesn't have a lot of impact and the company moves slowly. The environment is not innovativce

Advice

Spend a lot of time networking
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

My internship experience with Cisco was amazing. I was working on full-stack web development and was able to create on my own Webex integration feature from start to finish. My team was young and majority female engineers, which is pretty rare for tech roles, and they constantly motivated me to succeed.

What I wish was different

It was a remote internship due to COVID, so I wish I was able to work in the San Jose office. I wasn't able to connect with other interns as much since I was the only intern on my team, and there weren't many opportunities to meet other students my age.

Advice

Be proactive and take initiative! Everyone at Cisco was more than willing to help me out if I ever had a problem or even tell me about their experiences at the company. Even though you are an intern, you can make a large impact on your team and the company.
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Human Resources Intern

May - August 2020 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

The atmosphere, the work culture, the benefits, and the cohort.

What I wish was different

Maybe a little bit stronger of a bonding with the older cohort but then again, this was virtual

Advice

Keep an open mind and attend social activités
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Business Analyst

June 2020 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Felt very supported. I had three mentors.

What I wish was different

I was in too many meetings

Advice

Network all you can!
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STARS Junior Analyst

May - July 2020 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

I loved being able to meet with students from around the country to build models that implemented the data and software CISCO used on a day to day basis. It was great to learn about important financial models and how to properly analyze a mergers and acquisitions case.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more practice with the students and possibly get to know the students a bit better since we were just thrown into different groups. I would have loved to network more with the students from across the country.

Advice

One piece of advice I would share about my experience is to be open-minded with the people you meet and the group you have because, in the end, we all want to achieve the same thing.
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Marketing Specialist

June - September 2020 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Everyone was willing to teach and help you learn!

What I wish was different

I wish it was in-person as I could've met more interns to connect with

Advice

Take initiative. Be respectful. Make conversations.
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Business Analyst Intern

June 2020 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

I love the culture at Cisco and how dedicated the entire team was to ensure that the rest of the interns and I had the best experience we possibly could despite the internship being fully remote. I also appreciated the level of autonomy that the project managers gave to us as interns. They allowed us to take control of our projects while still being there to support us and help us overcome any obstacles along the way.

What I wish was different

To be honest, the only thing I would change about the internship would be to make it an in-person internship instead of remote (assuming COVID-19 wasn't happening).

Advice

Never feel hopeless or that you're too late to get an internship. I had begun my internship hunt in October of last year and didn't land this role until mid-March (after COVID-19 had put everyone into lockdown). The process of me getting this internship was also very abnormal. I had applied through referrals for other roles at Cisco and got rejected from them, but later received an email asking me to apply to this Business Analyst role. I decided to apply, immediately got an email to interview, and the rest is history :)
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Financial Analyst Intern

June - August 2020 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

The networking opportunities that were available were great even though the internship was virtual. I also enjoyed the intern project which gave us the opportunity to learn more about Cisco's business organizations and how they've been impacted throughout the years.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship had been in person.

Advice

Use your time wisely. Leverage your connections to meet other Cisco employees. Create a bond with your intern group!
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Business Analyst

May - August 2019 • Morrisville, NC

What I liked

I loved the culture and how driven Cisco was towards the interns success.

What I wish was different

I wish I was on a different project, and utilized more data analytics in my work.

Advice

Do all you can to learn from mentors!
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