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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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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

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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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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Data Analyst Intern

May - August 2020 • Research Triangle Park, NC

What I liked

Even remote, Cisco over exceeded my expectations in every way possible. My boss gave me projects he knew I would enjoy and I was able to make a direct impact in just 12 weeks. Everyone who works at Cisco was so open to meeting me and were passionate about me getting the best experience possible.

What I wish was different

It wasn't remote :)

Advice

Try to meet as many people as possible!
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Hardware Engineering Intern

May - August 2021 • Richfield, OH

What I liked

I liked the attempts made by the company to have interns interact and meet one another through Webex. I also really enjoyed the hands-on testing I did during my time in the office.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had gotten to interact with more people in the group I was working with because I only had the chance to meet and work with a small handful of them.

Advice

Be ready to learn some things on your own because there's a lot that Cisco does that I was not taught about in school, like how Wi-Fi connects to switches, routers, and access points; how various network protocols work; and how to use TCP/IP connections to perform testing. So, don't be afraid to ask questions and spend time researching/watching YouTube videos with explanations of different topics. I was told by my supervisor that my internship's primary purpose was to be a learning experience for me.
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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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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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Business Analyst Intern

May - August 2021 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

If you found a need at Cisco, you could do any type of work you wanted. You weren’t stuck to the role you were assigned.

What I wish was different

I wish there was better organization between teams.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to try things outside of your role to create an impact. Generally, Cisco employees like the initiative.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2021 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

I really enjoyed the company culture and the opportunities that I had to learn and grow my skills. I had mentors, worked on projects for the team, and delivered presentations to executives.

What I wish was different

I wish that this opportunity was not remote so that I could see the Cisco campus in San Jose, CA. However, because of COVID-19, that was not possible.

Advice

Be prepared to meet and make connections with amazing people at Cisco! Do not be afraid to share your ideas because people there will hear you and you will feel included!
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