Intern Finds ZS Exceeds Expectations

We always expect the sun to rise in the morning and set at night. We expect the alarm to go off at a certain time every day. As kids, many of us expected our parents to ask how our day was when we came home from school. We probably also expected that at a certain age this familiar routine would come to an end. 

I’m happy to say that this has not been the case for me. Every night when I walk through the door the first thing my mom says is “How was your day?” I anticipated this happening since I’m living at home this summer during my internship with ZS. What I didn’t expect, however, was that my response would go beyond the word “good.” I find myself talking about how interesting and exciting my day was for at least an hour every day. I describe everything to my family: from the first time I used WebEx, to my first team dinner and my first visit to the client site. My seven-year-old brother probably thinks I’m really boring, but the way in which I tell these stories you’d think I was describing Disney World.


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Boston Intern Dives Into Life At ZS, Both in and out of the Office

Just one day after moving to Boston, I started working at ZS as a decisions analytics intern. On my first day, I dove right into work. I attended meetings, contributed deliverables and even had the chance to take advantage of the office’s nitro cold brew on tap. Now, even though it’s just a few weeks in, my ZS internship has been filled with interesting work, lots of learning and, of course, some fun. 

In my short time here at ZS, I’ve already started working on two projects. One is a qualitative market research project where my team and I get to interview different healthcare providers to get a sense of how a specific drug can be administered to patients in the most efficient and cost-effective way. The drug is in the last phase of clinical trials, and the client expects our insights to greatly impact their sales and educational support.My other project, which is more quantitative, requires me and my team to gather meaningful insights for our client from large amounts of data, exposing me to how analytically driven ZSers are. Being on both project teams has given me exposure to the wide range of value ZS offers clients, and yet I know there’s still so much left to experience! 


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No Regrets for This Princeton Intern After Accepting ZS Offer

“Am I speaking with Mr. Shantanu? ………. Congratulations! You’ve been selected as a business technology analyst intern at ZS! We hope you accept the offer.”

These words ring my mind at least once a week as I pinch myself to make sure it is not a dream. Ever since undergrad, I have always wanted to work at ZS, irrespective of the track. The dream came true on a Wednesday evening when I got a call from one of the principals while I was at the gym, a place where I least expected it. Fast forward a couple of months, I along with my fellow interns enter ZS's Princeton office with high hopes of learning, collaborating, networking and ultimately growing. ZS has raised the bar for us.

Against my expectations of a boring first week at orientation filled with information sessions and seminars, ZS cracked the code of making them fun filled, interactive and activity-oriented. As we all entered the Firestone Library on the very first day, ZS welcomed us with goodies like a brand-new laptop, portable charger, water bottle and a backpack. The excitement had already set in. For the following two days, interns had sessions with HR, IT and ZSers who helped each one of us with logistics and welcomed us at the firm. Orientation concluded with getting staffed on a project that would enable us to work and interact directly with the clients.


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ZS Intern Discovers “Alt”-ernate Shortcuts to Microsoft Office

Before starting as a summer intern in ZS’s Boston office, I had always considered myself “proficient” in Microsoft Office. Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel seemed like pretty straightforward programs with functionality I had been familiar with since computer literacy class in elementary school. 

At ZS, I have quickly come to realize how wrong I was. With the introduction of the “Alt” key at the week-long intern training in early June, I’m just beginning to understand how to use these programs to their full potential. To be completely honest, the first couple of weeks were a little rough. I felt embarrassingly slow compared to more seasoned team members when trying to make changes on the fly during meetings. At the same time, I was attempting to grasp the relevant information and background about my project, which did not make it any easier.

However, the people at ZS have been extremely encouraging and helpful throughout this entire process.


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Intern Races into Life at ZS

Hands gripping the wheel, eyes locked forward in anxious concentration, feet hovering over the pedals—we wait for the signal. The green flag suddenly dances above us, and we’re off! We screech around corners, zoom down straightaways, and careen against each other. Our ZS internship has only just begun, and we’ve already forgotten what the word ‘brake’ means—at least when it comes to go-kart racing! (Credit to Los Angeles intern Matt for that zinger.)

Like our experience on the go-kart track, the summer interns have accelerated through training and jumped into projects with ease and agility. Our first week began with the fundamentals, such as completing HR paperwork and getting a refresher on Excel and PowerPoint. Next, we were thrown into a case simulation, which required us not only to use the analytical tools and presentation skills we’d been practicing, but to also acquire a taste for how ZSers determine the best way to help clients and provide actionable solutions.


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