Making an Impact

 - Anirudh, 2017 IGNITE Network Administration Intern

How did you hear about FireEye? Why did you choose FireEye?

I heard about FireEye through one of my friends who highly recommended the internship, and so I applied for the same team he had worked on. I was interested in FireEye because of its important mission, and its status as a leader in the cyber security industry. During my interview, I got the impression that interns at FireEye were treated as other employees, and were given projects of key value to the company. All these factors made me want to join the FireEye team, and once I heard back from my interview the rest is history.

What is the most interesting thing you have learned?

The most interesting thing I have learned must be the realization that anyone can make an impact in a company. My project was to build tools that automated tedious processes my team had to do, which freed time for them to work on issues of greater importance. While I did learn many technical skills through my project such as Ansible, Python, Netmiko, and so on, I could have learned these skills by myself; however, through my work at FireEye I was able to see my project making a real impact for my team. This is a unique benefit that I could not have seen by myself, and my work at FireEye helped me realize that anyone at any level can make a difference.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far?

My favorite part has to be the people. Through my experience, I have found the people at FireEye to be helpful, accessible, and always available to answer any questions I may have. I have been able to schedule one-on-one meetings with people from different departments, work closely with members on my team, and network with a wide range of individuals. What especially impressed me was the accessibility of executive leadership, and the ability for interns to meet and learn from them.

What would our advice be to a student pursuing an internship at FireEye?

In my experience, I have found the best interns to be the people who act as a sponge, soaking up knowledge from everything in their surroundings and maintaining an open mind everyday they come to work. During a speaker series, Kevin Mandia told all the interns a great quote which I still remember, “First you learn, then you earn, and finally you return”. As an intern, you do not have to prove that you know everything during your interviews, but rather showcase your potential to learn and you will always be valuable.

Is there anything else you would like to say?

This was my first internship experience, and I am extremely glad that I got to do it at FireEye. My team did a fantastic job at communicating what they need to me, and the Ignite program went to great lengths to make sure that there were plenty of events for the interns. I am happy to see the impact that my project had, and hopefully my path crosses again with FireEye in the future!

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