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2018 Summer Internship Recap

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Summary
This summer, we brought on 24 interns to work on core projects and build new programs in teams such as software engineering, customer success, sales, legal, marketing, and HR. Here's a detailed look into their experience and accomplishments this summer.

The intern season has been in full force this summer, and the time has flown by before our eyes. Most of our interns are now heading back to their universities, taking with them weeks full of learning, mentorship, friendships, and new experiences.

This year, we had an intern class of 24, including 18 in San Francisco, 5 in Dallas, and 1 in New York. We continue to bring on interns on the technical side, such as software engineering, security, customer success, SRE, and on the nontechnical side, like sales and legal. In addition, we brought on interns for new roles, including partnership marketing, product marketing, HR, and sales engineering. They all went through a rigorous interview process and have spent a full summer as AppDynamos, fully immersed in their respective teams.

If you’ve never heard of AppDynamics, we’re an enterprise software company based in San Francisco. Our company has almost 2,000 employees, but we’ve maintained a startup culture with great perks. Our internship program is small but mighty, and our interns are able to take ownership of their mission-critical projects. With a smaller internship class, we’re able to allow our interns to make an impact, whether that’s working on our core projects or helping to build new programs. Here’s a detailed look into this past summer.

Our SF Intern & Mentor Kickoff event at ramen making class

Becoming part of the team and the AppDynamics family

Our interns are paired with a mentor from the first day who is there to guide them through the summer. Not only do they get visibility to managers and senior leaders, they’re able to join high-impact meetings and lead presentations. We take training very seriously. Our product interns went through our Power Up Engineering training program where they learned about our codebase and our core product. Our nontechnical interns also had access to multiple resources during their first few weeks to really gain an understanding of what we do before they took on their projects.

Throughout the summer, there are both intern events and team-specific events to make sure each intern feels like part of our AppDynamics family. Our product interns had a chance to attend our 2-day Product Kickoff with the rest of our product team. They went off-site to learn about our product strategy for the upcoming year and even went on a cruise tour of San Francisco after.

Some of our product interns at PKO

The intern-specific events are planned for each week. This year we went on outings including the Exploratorium, an intern-mentor ramen making class, a pottery class, and a food tour of the Mission District. We create these intern events for them to get to know each other outside of the work environment and explore San Francisco while doing so.

Here are some photos of this summer’s intern events…

SF Food Tour of the Mission District where our interns got to try 6 different local restaurants

Our interns at a local ceramics class in downtown San Francisco

We value career development

Every week, we have our Intern Speaker Series with members of our executive team, a tradition we’ve kept every year. During these lunch sessions, our exec members meet the summer interns and share their career journeys. This year, our interns get a chance to ask 10 of our execs anything on their minds and learned some unique facts about our leaders. They’ve met everyone from our CEO to CMO to our CTO/Co-founder. To wrap up each session, our execs strike a crazy pose. Here are some of the best photos…

Intern Speaker Series with our CEO, David Wadhwani

Intern Speaker Series with our VP of Innovation Labs & Product Experience, Linda Tong

We like to have fun, and also give back

This year, our interns went to St. Anthony’s Farmers’ Market. Based in the heart of San Francisco, St. Anthony’s works in collaboration with the SF Food Bank, providing vital food security for low-income senior citizens in the neighborhood. Every Thursday afternoon, the dining room becomes a mini farmers’ market, where folks receive healthy, fresh groceries for the week. Each of our interns had a booth where they were given the opportunity to pass out fresh fruits and vegetables to the residents of San Francisco.

We celebrate our interns’ accomplishments

This year, we did something a little bit different to celebrate our interns’ summer projects and the impact they’ve made over the past 12 weeks. We hosted our first-ever interactive Intern Project Fair, where our interns presented their projects in the SF office. We even flew out our sales interns from Dallas to join us for 2 full days of events.

Our CEO, David Wadhwani, kicked off the Intern Project Fair with introductions and thanking the interns for their work. AppDynamics employees filled up our Town Hall to learn about what each intern worked on by stopping by their booths and checking out poster boards, printouts, and prototypes. Then, we celebrated their success at our Intern Goodbye Party at Urban Putt, where all of our interns went to play mini golf against their mentors and each other.

Our interns with our CPO, Danny Winokur, and CEO, David Wadhwani, at the Intern Project Fair

Austin Emch, our Sales Engineering Intern, meeting our AppDynamos at the Intern Project Fair

Our Legal Intern, Melissa Vallecillo, sharing her summer project with our CPO, Danny Winokur

Dylan Huang, our Software Engineering Intern on our End User Monitoring team, showing fellow AppDynamos what he’s been working on

Our SF interns at the Intern Goodbye Party

Our Dallas sales interns at the Intern Goodbye Party in SF

We only have a few weeks left with our interns here at AppDynamics, and in our next blog post, you’ll get a chance to read about how they enjoyed their time here, as well as about the projects they’ve worked on.

Interested in an internship with AppDynamics?

At AppDynamics, you’ll quickly make an impact with great mentors by your side. We make sure you’re gaining real-life skills and working on projects that matter. We move quickly in our interview process and will connect you to employees who’ll tell the story of our product and the growth you’ll experience during your internship. We asked a few interns about why they chose to start their career here…

“I chose AppDynamics because of the positive culture and career growth opportunity.”
— Cat Ruedi, Sales Intern

Inside Look: AppDynamics Dallas Office

“From day one I could tell they were interested in me as a person and not just what I could or couldn’t do for them. They were honest with me, which encouraged me to be honest with them in the hiring process.”
— Austin Emch, Sales Engineering Intern

“The engineers at AppD showed me that the company’s product is something I want to be working on.”
— Dylan Huang, Software Engineering Intern

For more information and to apply, click here.