Intern Testimonials

Interested in learning more about what it’s like to intern at Infinera? Here’s what some of our past interns have to say.


Abhishek Birjepatil
Abhishek Birjepatil

M.S. in Information Systems from Santa Clara University, June 2016
In the spring of 2015, I interviewed with Infinera for their Optical Integrated Circuits Group (OICG). I loved explaining the projects that I had worked on since I was very passionate about them, and the team was impressed with my work such that I was offered an analytics internship.

The next three months were totally exciting and enthralling for me. I was mentored by a senior software developer who explained the subtle things that he had learned in his 20 years of experience. I was also exposed to interacting with stakeholders, designing software artifacts, developing a custom wafer fabrication application, testing that application and finally releasing it into production. The best part of the internship was that every day I felt I was a better developer than the day before. The learning, sometimes through mistakes and sometimes through mentoring, continued till the end.

My internship was over fast, and my last day was a bit emotional since my team had become more like an extended family to me. Leaving Infinera was a little sad.

School resumed in the fall and the student life routine started again. In April 2016, I once again joined Infinera as a full-time software developer on the same team. This was the best thing that could have happened after the internship. It has been almost a year now of me working at Infinera, and trust me, the team and the job is as exciting as it was on the first day.

I believe it is more important to find a good boss than a good job profile At Infinera, I feel lucky to have a “win-win” situation, where I have the best boss and an amazing job profile, where Mondays are as exciting as Fridays.


Samudayan Kumar
Samudayan Kumar

Computer engineering undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati
I co-oped with Infinera for four months, during which I worked with the hardware engineering team.

My co-op at Infinera was a great learning experience for me. I was not only able apply the knowledge I learned in class to solve real-world problems, but also got an opportunity to acquire new skills like Allegro PCB Designer, something I would not have learned in school. Working at Infinera also helped me develop soft skills like interacting with people and working on my presentation.

I am grateful to Infinera for providing me with this opportunity. This was my first co-op and my first time in California. During my co-op I was able to meet new people, visit exciting places and most importantly learn new skills. Everyone I worked with was very helpful and supportive. When I started my co-op I did not have a lot of experience, but I feel I was able to make valuable contributions, as all of my co-workers and my manager were very friendly and helpful. This also helped in creating a healthy work environment, and I had a memorable time that allowed me to grow both personally and professionally.


Siddharth Muralidaran
Siddharth Muralidaran

Electrical engineering undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
My three-month internship at Infinera was a great experience and I enjoyed every bit of it. I worked as a hardware development engineer intern on the Optical Metro Engineering Hardware team in the summer 2017.

Every member of the team was encouraging and posed more challenging tasks and responsibilities as the internship progressed. I really loved the challenges I had to face, which put me through a huge learning process. It was amazing to see that all the employees were eager to help and guide me through my learning. I got an opportunity to work on multiple projects throughout the internship, which helped me gain exposure to multiple areas of the development process. It was a wonderful place not just to develop my technical skills and understanding but also to hone my soft skills and learn about a friendly and helpful work culture. As a whole, after this internship, I will take home the knowledge I gained through my experiences, connections with some of the smartest and brightest people in the industry and the confidence I have gained to move forward in my career.


Shraddha Thakkar
Shraddha Thakkar

M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California, May 2017
I was a part of the System Architecture team at Infinera working as an API Software Engineer Intern during the summer of 2016.

Getting acquainted with the work culture and the complexity of the project was daunting to say the least, but a supportive team and a brilliant mentor paved the way for the successful completion of my internship. The most remarkable aspect of the internship was the structure, which enabled us to gather an immense amount of knowledge in addition to working on the project. The company culture enabled us to talk to a diverse set of peers and seniors, which further accelerated the learning process. I feel fortunate to have started my career at one of the best companies in the Silicon Valley.