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In Their Own Words: Intel Intern Swapna Manohar Shares Her Story 15 Sep,15

Swapna Manohar is a Graduate Technical Intern with Intel’s Platform Engineering Group (PEG). She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in VLSI Design and Embedded Systems from PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore.

“If we spend enough time dreaming, then the dream might eventually become real.”
? Fennel Hudson, A Meaningful Life – Fennel’s Journal – No. 1

While this quote might not make sense to a strictly logical mind, my own experience has led me to understand it. You dream of something, and you want to do everything it takes to get there—and, sometimes, you actually do. That’s what happened to me when I entered the “Get a Job” contest sponsored by MTV and LinkedIn.

If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, let me explain. This was the contest to help people across India get internships at their dream companies. There were twelve—one of which was my own dream company: the semiconductor giant that leaves no stone unturned when it comes to innovation—Intel.

As it turned out, I won the internship at Intel. And within a month of starting work there, I transformed—evolved, you might say—into a whole new person. My parents noticed it right away. So, how has Intel influenced me? I could write an entire book on this, if I had takers!

Well, being a college student, I felt quite lost when I arrived at Intel. As I was finding my way around—for example, to the help desk to book a conference room—I would run into people I’d address as “Sir” or “Ma’am.” Some reacted with a smile, some with a scowl. And others would simply respond, “Ha! I’m an intern, too!” After a while, I got over the habit of prefixing names with titles. Then one fine day, I sent a very casual “Hey” email to someone, asking for help on something. And guess what? He turned out to be someone in a senior position. Well, I learned it’s fine to do that—but I did feel a bit guilty for having been a little too casual. After I eventually learned the nuances of presenting myself well, I would stop and offer help to other interns who looked lost or struggled with the taps, vending machines, submitting tickets, and so on.

One thing that really took me by surprise is the work culture at Intel. It has officially been voted among the best in many surveys. Everyone is warm, friendly and ever willing to help. Sometimes, someone will read the evident cluelessness on my face and offer help! Everything is meticulous, organized and immaculate. There’s a place for everything, and everything is always in its place. ALWAYS! This is personally my biggest takeaway—organizing things paves the way for a smoother life.

Secondly, you don’t see people throwing their (hierarchical) weight around at Intel. The mentors and managers are so humble and friendly that you could pass them off as your new college friends. Should this make a big difference? Indeed, because it creates the most conducive environment for learning. You can always ask for help, and no one ever turns you down.

Intel has been the best learning experience ever. The work culture, people, technology—everything about this place is absolutely the best. And I love that there are so many events, activities, and missions you can be a part of here. It’s great fun—and very rewarding. I’d be the happiest and proudest person on earth if I got to work here after my internship and studies are completed.

Now that would be a dream come true!

-by Swapna Manohar


About Intel India

Intel is a worldwide leader in computing innovation. It has over 25 years of presence in India with sustained commitment. With >6,000 employees in India, the best and the brightest collaborate with purpose.

Being a critical engineering center , Intel India has developed rich competencies in CPU, System-on-a chip, platform, software and graphics. It has been be enabling leadership products for Intel including Skylake, Intel® Edison, Anniedale and Broadwell-DE. In a country with 1.2 billion people, Intel India is blessed
with big opportunity to serve the computing needs of this growing market and with more and more. Made in India products and programs, Intel India will continue to showcase it’s computing prowess and leadership to the world.

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Innovation is in our DNA and today we're pushing it further and faster than ever before. Our software engineers are innovating throughout the entire software eco-system – from firmware to driver to middleware and application, with a goal of catalyzing a truly digital world and delivering amazing
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Work with the Smartest People

At Intel, we strive to ignite imaginations and enable positive change, making people’s lives better and more interesting. Our teams are full of bold, brilliant innovators with a hunger to compete, and the tenacity to come out ahead. Here, what we share is a passion for the future. And the smarts to make
it better. Want proof? Our aspiring homegrown leaders will tell you all!

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The career opportunities within Intel are exploding . With the exciting opportunities to change roles, follow a managerial or technical path, extended education, trainings , as well as mentorship programs that provide a structured process and platform for our employees to connect, grow, and create lasting relationships by sharing knowledge and experiences , you have the power to shape your ideal career in Intel’s international working environment.

Intel is a Great Place to Work

Intel is committed to helping you be successful on and off the job by providing great benefits like health for life program, sports facilities, hobby clubs, fitness centers & flexi-time along with a competitive salary. Our Work/Life Effectiveness programs provide you a variety of tools and work environment solutions to reduce barriers to your effectiveness caused by work and personal life challenges.

Investment in education, caring for the environment, creating a better life for everyone. It's all part of the job. See a need in the community, and we’ll encourage you. Your desire to do good is all goodwith us!

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