Intern Profiles

COLTON, ASIC TEST ENGINEER

What are you working on at Keysight?

I’m working to enable the programming of the Sirius ASIC, a Digital to Analog Converter. The ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) has been sent for tape release and it’s my job to develop the software that enables communication with the chip through the 93k tester when parts comes back from the fab. The software will first be used to interface with a simulator and should also be able to communicate through the tester when it comes time for turn on.

What do you like best about working with your team?

I like the broad range of disciplines that test engineering requires. Working with the test engineering team, I have learned about software design, understanding the functionality of various ASICs, and even hardware design.

If you could give one piece of advice to future interns, what would it be?

Do not be afraid to ask questions. As a new intern, you are immediately immersed in so much information that can be difficult to comprehend but keep asking questions and don't be discouraged.

 

SAMI, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

How does your role at Keysight complement your major and vice versa?

My role at Keysight helped me enhance my knowledge and excel my skills in the field of computer science and digital signal processing, which are my majors in my Bachelor Studies. During my internship as a software engineer, I obtained practical knowledge and experienced how to design and implement complex software products and became familiar with best practices in Software engineering and analytical skills. Similarly, I could experience the practical aspects of my studies and could bridge the theoretical studies with practical work in an industrial environment.

What do you like best about working with your team?

The team I worked with was always very supportive and cooperative. Due to their encouragement, expert advice and excellent guidance I could achieve some great milestones during this internship and could learn a lot more than just working on my projects. Being part of Keysight I got an opportunity to improve myself not only professionally, but also academically and socially. I could improve my German language skills by speaking with my colleagues and I learnt a lot about German culture, which was never possible without having a friendly working environment.

How would you compare working at Keysight to working on your degree?

Working at Keysight was always fun compared to studying in the University, as I learnt a lot of new things every day from my team members who are professional in their fields. It also provided me enough opportunities to acquaint myself with the latest research going on and modern technologies being used in the industry.

 

JIA, BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

What are you working on at Keysight?

I'm developing dashboards and metrics using BI tools to measure MES application operational parameters. This will allow us to identify trends and patterns to continuously improve operational efficiency.

What do you like best about working with your team?

I like my team so much. They are so friendly and smart. If I’m having some trouble, my team members will help and teach me how to solve the problem.

What’s something you’ve learned while at Keysight?

I learned many new skills that I did not learn before in college. I learned how to have good communications with customers and professional presentation skills. I also learned about analytics skill, a new challenge for me that I did not learn before.

 

CARLOS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

What are you working on at Keysight?

I am working on the development of a web application that uses Active Learning to automate the process of product standardization of user data for calibration and repair purposes.

If you could spend time at another Keysight location, where would you go and why?

I would love to spend time working at the office in Barcelona, Spain. I have never traveled to Europe before and would really enjoy being able to hone my Spanish speaking skills and get to experience all that Spain has to offer, including the food, soccer, architecture, history, culture, etc.

What do you like best about working with your team?

My favorite part about working with my team is how knowledgeable, friendly and caring each member is to each other. At Keysight, we have an open-door policy where you can ask anyone, even if they are not working on your project for assistance. This is something I really value in a company and it has helped me out significantly with making the transition from academia to working in the industry.

Do you participate in any Keysight social events / activities?  If so, which has been your favorite and why?

Yes. I am a huge advocate of participating at Keysight and I try to sign up for as many activities as possible to get to know the other employees outside of IT better. My favorite activity this summer would definitely have to be going white water rafting at Browns Canyon in Buena Vista, CO. This was my very first time going rafting and I had such an amazing time getting to know other Keysight employees that I don't normally talk to. The NEXTGEN group has done an excellent job of providing opportunities for Keysight employees/interns to mingle and explore all that Colorado has to offer, and I'm very grateful to be a part of it.

 

MERI, TECHNOLOGY ORDER FULFILLMENT

What are you working on at Keysight?           

My main focus is creating trade documents for shipments and updating processed deliveries into the Trade Automation system. This gives direct insight into how the trading process works; even as my responsibility is to handle demonstration, calibration and repair cases, the process is still similar whether you are fulfilling a customer's purchase order or sending devices for temporary demonstration. I also help with receiving incoming warehouse and storage items, packing equipment to be sent, and archiving documents.

If you could spend time at another Keysight location, where would you go and why?

I have visited Italy before and can therefore say with certainty that I would love to live and work there; the good food and friendly people only complement the beautiful weather. I would also be able to expand my international network of people and knowledge of international business, along with perhaps learning a new language in the process.

How does your role at Keysight complement your major and vice versa?

While my position does not directly deal with the marketing phase itself (which would ideally complement my business major), through my work I'm still able to learn about the other aspects involved with commerce and the steps that follow a purchase transaction. Regardless of your department, you are still able to learn about the stuff that's happening at other offices since all the different branches work closely together. Understanding the full process is important for both parties in a business dealing, so grasping this concept beforehand will undoubtedly be beneficial for the future. Working at Keysight offers a constructive understanding of how a large firm operates; giving a considerably more precise idea than what a college class could possibly demonstrate.

What do you like best about working with your team?

Everyone on my team has made me feel welcome and instantly part of the group. The atmosphere is the perfect mix of focused and efficient, without forgetting a relaxed laugh or joke here and there. My coworkers are very supportive and make sure my numerous questions are never left unanswered; hence my team is the first resource I go to when in doubt. This work environment allows me to be comfortable asking for help without feeling embarrassed for not knowing something—in fact questions are very much encouraged.

What’s something you’ve learned while at Keysight?

Ultimately my time here at Keysight has taught me so much and brought me a step closer to being prepared for the real world. In addition to the actual work I've learned to do here, I have learned a great deal about the importance of communication and responsibility. Mistakes are hardly affordable, so taking the time to really assess what you're doing and asking for confirmation if you're uncertain is important. Everyone is working under the same roof and towards mutual goals, so communicating with each other is not only encouraged, but crucial. Even though you're aiming to be efficient, it shouldn't come at the cost of quality.

If you could give one piece of advice to future interns, what would it be?

Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you’re unsure of something, the knowledgeable and experienced staff is an excellent resource for you. You don't have to be shy about asking questions either; the workers at Keysight are dedicated to helping each other and will always find time to assist you.

What has surprised you most about interning at Keysight?

Initially, I was surprised by the amount of responsibility I was given right from the start of my internship. The more I learn and can do without constant supervision, the more freedom and responsibility I receive. This allows me to be more in tune with my work. In college you are similarly held responsible for your own studying and time management, with the difference being that at work you are also held accountable to represent the company. I think this is a definite positive side to interning, because you get a taste of what having a real job means. You realize that no one is going to hold your hand all day in the adulting world. Nevertheless, whenever you need it, a hand is always given. Another quite surprising thing has been the broad global network that I have encountered. Even knowing Keysight as a vast global company, it’s still cool to be able to cooperate with different countries and regions.

 

JESS, TECHNICAL MARKETING ENGINEER

What are you working on at Keysight?

My first project involved working on launching Keysight's first Amazon eChannel platform in the Americas. As we continued to launch globally, I managed, optimized and transposed product content onto datasheets to increase sales volume. I’m also working on building a marketing campaign and online sales metric dashboard to measure the campaign's sales impact and integrating language and content localization processes into Amazon so that we can maximize global sales.

If you could spend time at another Keysight location, where would you go and why?

I would like to visit Germany to learn more about the various eChannel platforms Keysight uses to increase online sales volume. This would give me a better understanding of how different countries operate in terms of product demand and the sales climate as it varies globally.

How does your role at Keysight complement your major and vice versa?

I can better understand the function of Keysight's products with an electrical engineering background as I have used many of the products we sell. With a technical communication concentration, I can use my knowledge of technical editing, marketing and information design to manage information which can be used for creative marketing purposes or data management.

What do you like best about working with your team?

I enjoy that my team members are from all over the world. It is fun to be able to connect with many individuals across the globe through communication technologies as I can learn from others with varying perspectives on marketing -- a skill necessary to be successful in global sales. My team members are very motivating, helpful and understanding, always making me feel like I belong at Keysight.

What’s something you’ve learned while at Keysight?

Having an open and adaptable mindset is crucial to learning more about your strengths, weaknesses and interests. While on the job, I have learned how to communicate openly and constructively in a professional environment. Being successful starts with building a network of individuals who can help you get to where you want to be.

If you could give one piece of advice to future interns, what would it be?

Though starting an internship can be nerve-wracking, having a positive, confident attitude will bring you a long way. Learning when to ask questions is critical to integration within Keysight as you will find that those around you have a lot to provide. Make an effort to talk to other interns and maintain good relations with those in the company.

What has surprised you most about interning at Keysight?

It is extremely flexible. The ability to telecommute has enabled me to continue my internship even while in school. With a busy class schedule, my team always accommodates my studies and understands when I have midterms coming up. The amount of flexibility in work schedules, location and projects is beneficial for interning while in school.

 

CAROL, APP DEVELOPMENT

What are you working on at Keysight?

I'm on an App Development team in the IXIA division, working on the E-Commerce application as a full stack developer. I’m also working on the Identity app that handles the login into various applications, and the different internal applications like the Licensing application.

If you could spend time at another Keysight location, where would you go and why?

As long as my work is needed, I could go anywhere. It would be a great opportunity to spend time at the IXIA division in Calabasas, CA and Keysight headquarters in Santa Rosa, CA

How does your role at Keysight complement your major and vice versa?

I have the ability to access the available resources from IXIA as well as the opportunity to receive the best knowledge transfer from my colleagues and from my mentor, Mihai. One of the best things is the access to different production environments, learning the differences between small projects and applied Agile Methodology, its advantages, meetings and other powerful tools that we have access to. For the technical skills, I am able to develop my front-end and back-end skills – being a full stack developer is all about that: being able to adapt whatever project you have. Given the fact that I didn't have the chance to dive deeper into front-end technologies before, Keysight's projects provided me the opportunity to develop in this direction as well.

What do you like best about working with your team?

Working in my team is a very big opportunity for me because they have a really strong technical background and knowledge, especially from the current project. An important aspect is that they listen to my ideas and they are open to new approaches for each problem or functionality that we implement, which makes me feel understood and gives me satisfaction.

What’s something you’ve learned while at Keysight?

That programming is about sharing. Sharing ideas, articles, tutorials, tools, and so on.

If you could give one piece of advice to future interns, what would it be?

Ask whatever questions you have because your colleagues are really interested in letting you understand everything that's going on.

What has surprised you most about interning at Keysight?

The openness of my teammates to train me, listen to me and give me suitable tasks. The work environment is really rigorous, which gives me the ability to develop my skills like no other place.

How would you compare working at Keysight to working on your degree?

Working at Keysight is better, from a technical point of view because the teammates are really very professional and provide you all the necessary aid. It’s also a more dynamic environment.

 

IKRAM, COMPUTER SCIENCE

What are you working on at Keysight?

I worked on two main projects. For the first project, I created one-page summaries of Keysight’s interactions and relationships with our strategic colleges and universities.  I centralized the worldwide data, analyzed it, then created meaning out of that data. Using the Computer Science skills I learned from school, I streamlined and automated the process of generating the one-pagers. I was able to use all of the Computer Science skills I learned from school to make the project as successful as possible.

My second project was much more ambiguous and creative. I was asked to construct a social media campaign, but was given the freedom to create my own approach.  It required research and looking at data then asking the right questions to make meaning out of my findings.

If you could spend time at another Keysight location, where would you go and why?

I would love to go to the Santa Rosa site. I hear they have boxing classes and it’s my favorite hobby.

How does your role at Keysight complement your major and vice versa?

During my internship, I was able to utilize problem solving skills I learned at UC Berkeley. My role at Keysight complemented my major as it allowed me to creatively approach marketing projects from a technical perspective. For example, one of my projects required me to create one pagers of pertinent corporate information. Although it was not required of me, I was able to streamline and automate the process of creating the one pagers, which clearly required knowledge from my Computer Science courses.

What do you like best about working with your team?

My team is amazing! They are some of the funniest and smartest people I’ve ever met. The best thing about my team is how collaborative and helpful they were. Even though we all had our own projects, everyone was willing to make time for suggestions on my projects. I also really appreciated how well our personalities and different skillsets meshed together. This enabled us to be creative on projects we collaborated on as well as continue bonding even outside of work. 

What’s something you’ve learned while at Keysight?

While interning at Keysight, I had the opportunity to work with individuals around the globe. I learned about cultural differences and how to effectively navigate them. I also learned that flexibility is crucial when working in a global company. Sometimes global meetings are scheduled at odd times, so you won't work a typical 9-5. I preferred starting work early and leaving early -- this gave me the chance to work around my coworkers’ schedules in the UK and catch an early boxing class after work. Keysight supported my choice and allowed me to have flexibility over my own schedule.

If you could give one piece of advice to future interns, what would it be?

Step out of your comfort zone and explore! I was very scared to relocate from California for my internship, but it has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling summers I have ever had. It would not have turned out this way if I did not push myself to step outside of my comfort zone.

What has surprised you most about interning at Keysight?

I was surprised by how invested Keysight is in my career path and personal growth beyond my internship. I was introduced to different groups at Keysight, and I was able to asses if they might be a good fit for me in the future. It was refreshing to be given this opportunity as well as be able to speak with my manager about other Keysight groups that interest me.

Any funny stories you’d like to share about your Keysight experience?

I lived my entire life in California where if you want to see snow you have to drive to it. I love hot weather, so I never visited the snow. Of course, in my first week interning at Keysight in Colorado, it decided to snow. I found out that I am definitely the slowest driver on the road when it’s snowing and that sneakers are not snow shoes. Luckily, my team was able to work from home for the rest of the week instead of struggling in the snow!

 

NICOLE, MARKETING ENGINEER

What are you working on at Keysight?

Most of my projects are professor-related because I’m working in Keysight’s University Program Department. Right now, I’m updating the content on Keysight’s Education Corner website, working with other teams to develop content and updating the site’s design.

If you could spend time at another Keysight location, where would you go and why?

I would go to the location in Italy.  I hear they make fresh pizza in their cafeteria. (I’ve always been very motivated by food!)

How does your role at Keysight complement your major and vice versa?

While I don’t have an engineering background, I’m quickly picking up what Keysight does and the solutions it provides. There is a lot of cross over between my major as well because I have been gathering a lot of information for Keysight, which is closely linked to some classes I have taken. I’ve also taken HCI and social media classes in my major, which have been very helpful with marketing.

What do you like best about working with your team?

There are two other interns on my team, which has been very helpful. Even though all of us have different projects going on, we’re able to bounce ideas off each other and work together so that we’re all successful at the end of the internship.

What’s something you’ve learned while at Keysight?

No one is expected to know everything in the company. Everyone has a specific role that they need to be really good at, but if they need information outside of their expertise they have people they can talk to.

What are your favorite social events at Keysight?

At the Loveland site, we have a “snack attack” every month. A lot of food is brought in and everyone takes a break from work to eat and socialize. I love it because I meet a lot of people that I don’t normally see every day.  There’s also an ultimate Frisbee group that plays on Thursday's, and it’s really nice to just being able to get outside and run for a little bit during the work day.

If you could give one piece of advice to future interns, what would it be?

Do not be afraid to ask questions. One of the best parts about Keysight is that there is an open-door policy and anyone can speak with anyone. It’s an environment where everyone is willing to help and share their knowledge, so take advantage of it!

What has surprised you most about interning at Keysight?

I was surprised with how many people I was able to network with. I have talked to people from different regions such as Malaysia and Europe, and I get to work with people from different industries within the company. Every time I talk to someone, they not only provide me with information, they also give me the names of other employees who they believe can help me further.