Juniper Networks Scholarship

WeTech Juniper Scholar Kelcy Newton interned at Juniper Networks during summer 2016. Here, she shares her reflections on this experience.


Juniper Scholar KelcyMy name is Kelcy, and I’m a senior at Georgia Tech majoring in Computer Science. I spent the summer of 2016 at Juniper’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, California working as a Systems Engineer on the Partner’s Automation team. I, along with another intern, developed an Event Driven Infrastructure (EDI) to help manage and automate hundreds of thousands of devices simultaneously with little to no human interaction. I learned about a new technology called SaltStack and developed a front end web platform using Javascript, HTML, and CSS.

Until three months ago, I had never been further west than Texas, and all of my ideas about what Silicon Valley was like came from television shows, the internet, or gossip I heard around Georgia Tech. As I prepared to make the cross country move for the summer, I knew I would be challenged at this internship and I knew I would have to adjust to living in a completely new part of the US. What I didn’t know was that living in the Bay area and working at Juniper would completely change how I see my career as a woman in Computer Science.

I knew little about Juniper when I began in early May, but I knew I was interested in networking and it’s future in this world that is so driven by software. My 12 weeks at Juniper Networks were jam packed with intern events, continuous coding, lunches with Juniper employees, and more opportunities than I ever could have hoped for. In three short months, I discovered a passion for the networking industry and for the people who work so hard to build the networks that allow our modern day technology to work. Since I began programming, one of my core goals has always been to be able to maintain my individual creativity within any job I do. This summer, I was given the responsibility of designing the UI for a management platform for a new project within the automation team. I got to make the ultimate call on the shape of the buttons, the color scheme, and other interactions. When this product is complete and goes to market, I will know that my own creativity helped to get it there. At Juniper, I was given responsibilities and work that allowed me to make a significant impact.

"I was surprised how much of an impact the people at Juniper Networks would have on me."

My manager was confident in my abilities, and instead of holding my hand as I worked on my project, he gave me broad goals and ideas and let me figure out how I wanted to accomplish them. This freedom has shown me that I am in control of my own career and what I want it to look like. Sometimes that means putting myself out there and risking being wrong, and other times it means sitting back and listening to my teammates opinions and ideas in order to create a solution. Of course my summer was packed with building my own technical skills, but I was surprised how much of an impact the people at Juniper Networks would have on me.

By connecting with other interns, new college graduates and upper level employees, I was able to leverage their experiences and advice and build more than just a network; I built lasting relationships. There’s a common saying: “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room”. This has been one of my guiding mantras since I began college because I firmly believe in learning from those around you. Juniper is full of kind, passionate, and crazy intelligent people. From my own team meetings to one-on-one chats with managers from various departments, I was able to meet so many different people and learn from them what it means to be a Juniper employee and how what they do helps Juniper flourish.

"The concept of continuous and active learning was abundant at Juniper."

This particular concept of continuous and active learning was abundant at Juniper. Rami, Juniper’s CEO, emphasized this at every talk he gave to the interns or the company, and I definitely feel this is one of the key takeaways Juniper gave me. The world of technology is changing and evolving everyday, and it’s so important that those of us at the center of it are proactive about learning new concepts and not becoming complacent. If I could give one piece of advice to young women pursuing engineering, computer science, or other tech related careers, it would be to be bold, be brave, be yourself, and do things that scare you. For the longest time, I thought that I didn’t have the technical skills to work in the valley. Those skills were there all along, but it took me realizing my own talents and confidence to be able to unlock them.

There are a number of incredible and unique perspectives and attitudes that women bring to the tech field, so we should use those qualities to create new technologies to help other women and people worldwide. Don’t be afraid to look silly or to be wrong, because the act of trying and what you learn in the process is so crucial to helping you grow. Take pride in what you know you do well, in your multitude of experiences, and in what makes you, well you! Do those things, and I have no doubt that you can succeed in whatever you choose to pursue. Juniper helped me unlock my own inner confidence and I’m sure it can do the same for any woman who walks through their doors.


WeTech's STEM Scholarships for Women are made possible by partners like Juniper Networks. Learn more about our partners and how you can partner to open doors for women entering STEM careers.

WeTech Juniper Scholar Katherine Shim interned at Juniper Networks during summer 2016. Here, she shares her reflections on this experience.


Juniper Scholar Katherine Shim headshotI am an undergrad student at Harvey Mudd College who is greatly interested in manufacturing engineering. During the summer of 2015, I worked at two manufacturing sites as a research fellow to gain hands-on manufacturing experience. Even though the research was a splendid learning experience, it also made me realize the lack of diversity in the manufacturing engineering field.

The companies which I worked for had only one female engineer among many engineers in core departments of the manufacturing sites. Frankly, I was intimidated and worried about my future working environment as a female engineer pursuing a career in the manufacturing engineering field.

My 2016 summer experience with WeTech Internship for University Women in STEM completely eliminated this concern. At Juniper, I was surrounded by people who value diversity in work environments, and who see my performance instead of my background. I realized that. Places like Juniper give ample opportunities to female engineers, and appreciate their contributions regardless of their genders.

"Places like Juniper give ample opportunities to female engineers, and appreciate their contributions regardless of their genders."

At Juniper, I worked as an intern on a Component Engineering Quality & Technology team in the World Wide Operations for 12 weeks. The team mainly consisted of male engineers, however, the mindsets of the team members were refreshing. They recognized the lack of diversity in their department as a major problem and were all on board for changes so that Juniper will have more female engineers. They frequently explained how important and valuable it is for me to stay an engineer to open more opportunities for future generations, like their daughters.

Juniper Scholars at welcome event

I worked on two projects during the course of my internship. One was to standardize the communication between contract manufacturers and Juniper component engineers when production disruption events happen, and the other was to construct a statistical model that can predict the failure rate of component connections. I did not have any prior experience on either of the projects, but help was always available from anyone at any time. I really appreciated that these projects were intended to solve problems that were happening at that moment. Therefore, whenever I discussed my projects to anyone in the department, they recognized that my projects were directly related to problems they had been experiencing and that the projects could bring a huge impact on their work routines. The responsibilities that came along with the projects were something that not many interns get to have, and something that I would not have experienced at school. Additionally, I had abundant opportunities to present my work to upper level management. Not only did it greatly improve my presentation skills, but it was also rewarding that vice presidents of the department recognized my work, and appreciated the value of the projects.

"It was rewarding that vice presidents of the department recognized my work, and appreciated the value of the projects"

The summer of 2016 is definitely one of the most memorable times of my life. All of these would not have happened if it weren’t for WeTech and Juniper Networks. I truly appreciate the scholarship and the internship program which established the groundwork of my career path as a female manufacturing engineer.


WeTech's STEM Scholarships for Women are made possible by partners like Juniper Networks. Learn more about our partners and how you can partner to open doors for women entering STEM careers

WeTech Juniper Scholar Dana Christo interned at Juniper Networks during summer 2016. Here, she shares her reflections on this experience.


Juniper Scholar Dana with internsMy name is Dana and I am a fourth year computer science major with a concentration in game development at North Carolina State University. At NC State, I’m a CSC ambassador, web and media director for Women in Computer Science, a junior officer for the Video Game Development Club, and a member of STARS SLC, and this past summer I was a Systems Engineering intern at Juniper Networks.

I was not sure what a systems engineer was when my internship began. I couldn’t understand how engineering was under technical sales or why sales needed engineers. After a couple of weeks, I started understanding that systems engineering was about 30% customer service and sales, and about 70% technical. As an intern, I didn’t interact with any customers but I was able to pick a project that would have a direct impact on customers and make their lives easier, while also learning a ton of new stuff.

"My manager and my team cared about me getting something substantial out of my experience at Juniper."

Something I was really grateful for this summer was how my manager and my team cared about me getting something substantial out of my experience at Juniper. My manager, Akhilesh Verma, emphasized several times that he didn’t want to just assign me a project and make me do it without any of my input. He, my awesome mentors (shout out to Matt Bianchi, James Nagy, and Brian Chow!), and I all gave input about what my project should be, and when it came time to actually decide on what I would present, I was given a choice. There were a few things I could’ve worked on, but I ultimately got to choose what it would be. To me, that is huge. From what I know and have heard about internships at other companies, interns barely get to have input on their project, let alone be allowed to choose it.

My final project was creating scripts to automate upgrading multiple devices at once in the same amount of time as upgrading one device. I also automated getting authentication information about devices from the user, and formatting it so he or she wouldn’t have to deal with Ansible inventory file formatting. Through this project I was able to learn more about automation, Ansible and Python than I would have in a classroom. My awesome mentor James also showed me a “fundamentals of networking” course Juniper provides, and that formed a great knowledge base for me.

I really loved the work culture at Juniper. I had the option to work from home if I wanted, but I never did because I liked going into the office and being in the environment Juniper provides. The campus is absolutely beautiful; the buildings are colorful and open instead of gray cube life. I hate cubicles, so I was excited to be allowed to choose an open desk instead.

Juniper Scholar Dana and friend

A highlight of my summer internship experience was the people I got to meet. Juniper’s awesome university team came up with so many fun events for interns to interact with one another, and I got to meet so many people from all over. I’m going to forever be thankful that I arrived to orientation early on my first day, because that is when I met my best friend for the summer, Kristin. She was a hardware intern from Georgia Tech, and we both got there early and sat at the same table. We were both completely awkward at first but after a few days we just clicked, and we’re still friends now even though summer is over and we’re both back at our universities.

"Without this opportunity from Juniper Networks and WeTech, I would have never considered a networking company for my career."

Without this opportunity from Juniper Networks and WeTech, I would have never considered a networking company for my career. This experience was so amazing and worthwhile that I’ve opened my mind to the possibility of working as a systems engineer, possibly even at Juniper. I’ve learned a ton of new things, gained confidence in my abilities, and met some amazing people this summer. I’m so grateful for the opportunity I had, and I’m really thankful to WeTech and Juniper Networks for giving me this chance.

My advice to other women in tech is don’t be afraid to try for anything. I never thought I would’ve been given this opportunity. I honestly saw the subject line for the announcement email last spring and thought, “Oh that’s nice, they let people know they’ve been rejected” because I didn’t think I would be selected. So please don’t be scared to try something, even if it seems impossible.


WeTech's STEM Scholarships for Women are made possible by partners like Juniper Networks. Learn more about our partners and how you can partner to open doors for women entering STEM careers.

WeTech Juniper Scholar Liubov Nikolenko interned at Juniper Networks during summer 2016. Here, she shares her reflections on this experience.


Juniper Scholar LiubovI am an undergrad student at Georgia Institute of Technology, studying computer science. I was born and raised in Ukraine, so coming to the United States was a very big change for me. As I was adapting to a new environment, I came to realize that the United States has many opportunities to offer. The WeTech Scholarship and Internship Award is a great example of an opportunity that supports your professional and personal growth.

Before my internship began, I was very nervous because I have never had an internship before so I did not know what to expect. I was unsure if I had enough skills to bring value to a company like Juniper. I was willing to try, though, because I wanted to apply concepts I learned in school in a real coding environment to produce something useful and become a better computer scientist by acquiring new skills that are relevant in the industry. It was also important for me to see if I liked working as a programmer to make sure that I have chosen the right career path for myself.

"As my internship started, I realized that I was very lucky to intern at a company like Juniper."

As my internship started, I realized that I was very lucky to intern at a company like Juniper. My team was very welcoming and helpful. I felt like I was part of the team right away, and on day one I was invited to team lunches and team meetings. My manager encouraged me to ask as many questions as possible. Many of my teammates provided me with books and setups that helped me to learn all the necessary basics for my project. I appreciated being in an environment that not only facilitated learning, but also allowed me to apply concepts I had learned.

My internship allowed for a lot of creative freedom. I was able to try anything I thought might work, and even if I made a mistake it was not held against me. Interning at Juniper helped me realize that having a particular skill set is not as important as making sure that you learn something new every day. Hard-working and enthusiastic people can cope with any kind of problem. One of the most valuable skills I gained during my internship is being able to infer knowledge based on concepts I had been exposed to before. I was very passionate about my project and my manager made sure that the software I was working on was related to the areas that interested me.

Along with everyday work, University Talent Program organized numerous events for all of the interns. We had the opportunity to meet company executives, including the CEO, and they organized multiple gatherings and social activities where we could find new friends. All of the interns were very outgoing and approachable. I met students from my own college who I never knew before. I talked to people from various backgrounds and cultures and a few of those people even became my true friends.

Juniper Interns

"I can confidently say this internship at Juniper Networks fulfilled my objective of becoming a better computer scientist."

I learned a lot this summer, not only about computer science, but also about myself. I learned I enjoy working as a coder in a professional environment it and it helped to confirm that computer science is the right field for me. Throughout the course of my internship, I learned and implemented multiple features I had never coded before, exposing me to essential programming concepts. I was surprised that it didn't matter if I didn't know everything right away, as long as I was able to figure it out. I also got comfortable with learning code from scratch and using it in my project right away. I can confidently say this internship at Juniper Networks fulfilled my objective of becoming a better computer scientist.

In addition, this internship helped me become a better person. I was amazed by the company’s welcoming culture and the way everyone was so open and willing to help. I plan to replicate that kind of attitude in my relationships with other people. I have also learned how to overcome the fear of approaching and talking to people I do not know.

"The first person who needs to believe in you is yourself."

The advice I would like give to fellow women in STEM is to be confident in your skills, talents and abilities. The first person who needs to believe in you is yourself. Keep applying to different companies and seek new opportunities, because you are guaranteed to stumble upon a great opportunity if you try hard. Also, do not feel uncomfortable being the only woman in the room, because there is nothing wrong with it. If anything, it makes you standout. And last but not least, you should apply for the WeTech Scholarship and Internship Award program, because it will make your summer productive, exciting and fun all at the same time.

The Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) Scholarship and Internship for University Women in STEM is a partnership between the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Juniper Networks that invests in young women and future leaders in ICT in the United States and India. WeTech Juniper Scholars also commit to completing a summer internship at Juniper Networks’ Bangalore office.

WeTech Juniper Scholar Srishti at Juniper NetworksDuring summer 2016, WeTech Juniper Scholar Srishti Chhabra interned at Juniper Networks in Bangalore. An Information Technology major at Manipal Institute of Technology, Srishti described her internship experience as “an intellectually stimulating and exciting experience. It has been one of the most enriching experiences of my undergraduate study.” At Juniper Networks, Srishti had the opportunity to step outside of the classroom and gain practical, professional experience, and found confidence in being able to apply what she had learned in her studies in a workplace setting.

"It has been one of the most enriching experiences of my undergraduate study."

Srishti was exposed to many new concepts of computer science as she worked on “cloud based management of network infrastructure, which focused on managing distant networks from the cloud.” She also benefited from having a mentor. “He would take time out from his busy schedule to teach us about things we didn’t quite understand, and have brainstorming sessions with us to discuss new ideas. The amount of learning I had working with my mentor was immense.”

"The amount of learning I had working with my mentor was immense."

Through the course of the internship, Srishti had the opportunity to represent Juniper Networks at the IIT Kanpur annual tech fest, “TechKriti.” “I met so many new people across various business units in the organization during the fest. It was also an opportunity to engage with a lot of senior engineers from upcoming technologies like NFV and SDN. Being a part of the fest, I also got to meet people from the world’s leading institutions like ETH Zurich and listen to their efforts in the area of renewable energy.”Juniper interns with Dr. Pradeep Sindhu

Srishti also had the opportunity to participate in an interactive session with Dr. Pradeep Sindhu, co-founder and CTO of Juniper. Elaborating on the experience, she explained “his insights range from emerging technologies to the role of technology in bringing in a social change to empower people across the globe; it was very thought provoking.”

"The amount of exposure I had during the course of this internship is unparalleled."

To cap off her summer internship at Juniper and the completion of her degree, Srishti has accepted a full time position with Juniper Networks! “Overall, I can say that the amount of exposure I had during the course of this internship is unparalleled. I am extremely grateful to WeTech for considering me a candidate worth of this experience.”


WeTech's STEM Scholarships for Women are made possible by partners like Juniper Networks. Learn more about our partners and how you can partner to open doors for women entering STEM careers.

WeTech Juniper Scholar Aishwarya Shetty interned at Juniper Networks in Bangalore  in 2016. Here, she shares her reflections on this experience.


Juniper Scholars with Megha and Kelty"Connect everything. Empower everyone." This quote was spread across a well-lit wall at the entrance of the multinational corporation that redefines performance and innovation in networking: Juniper Networks. My 2016 internship at Juniper was an experience that expanded my skill set and gave me a platform to experiment with my strengths and areas in need of development. The exposure to top-notch technology and the dynamics of working with the best in the field, and the joy and energy of doing what I loved with a group of other like-minded, passionate people who were driven by inventiveness were instrumental in adding value to the six months I spent here!

My project as an intern was to design and implement a Test Automation Framework that should standardize and ease testing across all levels and platforms in Juniper to accelerate product development and minimize man-hours. In a team of four, we successfully developed models using a variety of software and hardware, in an effort to solve the problem statement at hand. With this came a lot of learning and mastery over certain technologies, with the continuous guidance and feedback from our mentor.

"My internship with Juniper changed the way I looked at the tech world"

From team lunches to intern outings, women’s day celebrations to fun quizzes and social meets in the office—Juniper Networks Bangalore coupled professionalism with excitement! I have memories and friendships that are cherished and more importantly, built a network of people who are ready to collaborate and have the expertise to provide valuable input to any project that I would be taking up in the future. I had an opportunity to attend Google’s Code Girl movie premiere which showcased creativity in solving problems using simple apps, designed by teams of young girls- one of them being from WeTech. It made me think about the gravity of responsibility we have, as adults, to use our knowledge in technology to address the various issues we see around us.

Juniper interns with Dr. Pradeep SindhuA fun highlight of the summer was the opportunity to be there when Juniper celebrated its 20th birthday and Pradeep Sindhu, co-founder of Juniper, delivered an inspiring session that renewed our sense of possibility. He shared his story, his vision and the contribution of the work we do towards it. My internship with Juniper changed the way I looked at the tech world and pushed me to learn more, value originality, work smart and be impactful in whatever I do.


WeTech's STEM Scholarships for Women are made possible by partners like Juniper Networks. Learn more about our partners and how you can partner to open doors for women entering STEM careers.

WeTech Juniper Scholar Anusha Chowdhury recently completed her Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur this summer. As a WeTech Juniper Scholar, Anusha participated in an internship at Juniper Networks during the summer of 2016. We caught up with her to learn more about her summer as an intern at Juniper. 

WeTech Juniper Scholar Anusha“My internship in Juniper Networks was a unique and wonderful experience. I joined Juniper Networks as an intern in Bangalore, which is the Silicon Valley of India, right after completing my BTech. I was a part of the Security Business Unit (SBU) under the Security, Switching Product Team(SSPT) and worked mainly on next generation application identification. 

"This was my first internship in the industry and I was very eager to know more about the company, the kind of work software engineers do, and about corporate life in general."

“I was overwhelmed when I entered the office the first day. It was a huge building with all kinds of facilities. Allen and Geetha, from the HR team, gave us a warm welcome and were very helpful throughout these two months. In my initial days, I attended the Introduction to Juniper Technology trainings for new hires and came to know a lot about how this company started, the different teams here, the various products they work on, the available internal resources and tools, and many other things. 

“I was elated to know that Juniper was started by an alumnus of my university IIT Kanpur, in his endeavor to make better routers. This was my first internship in the industry and I was very eager to know more about the company, the kind of work software engineers do, and about corporate life in general. I am glad that Juniper has given me ample opportunities to learn about all these things. 

"My knowledge about computer networks and security also increased a lot after coming here."

“I would have daily meetings with my mentors Hari and Yogesh, regarding my progress. They were very friendly and helped me a lot whenever I had any issues. They also provided me with documents to learn more about application identification, application firewall, routing and packet forwarding engines, etc. I loved the work-culture here and I realized what kind of work actually makes me happy. I looked at existing codes, used internal tools to write different test cases and run scripts. In my leisure time I would go to the gym or play table tennis, or just hang out in the cafeteria with my teammates and friends. 

WeTech Juniper Scholar Anusha with Juniper team“My knowledge about computer networks and security also increased a lot after coming here. When I was taking courses as an undergraduate, I used to read mainly the class notes, but here I really got to do practical stuff which is awesome. My coding skills improved and I also tested software. I met new people every day and there were fun social opportunities, such as a wonderful team lunch and also a treasure hunt competition on one Friday. Overall it was a great experience and I look forward to joining Juniper in the future as a full-time employee. 

“I feel these kind of opportunities will indeed motivate more girls to come and explore the field of technology in future. I want to thank WeTech and Juniper Networks for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I will encourage as many girls as I can to apply for this scholarship and internship in the coming years.”


WeTech's STEM Scholarships for Women are made possible by partners like Juniper Networks. Learn more about our partners and how you can partner to open doors for women entering STEM careers.

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