One of the first things I noticed during my internship at ZS this summer was the inherent determination ZSers have to learn and improve at whatever they’re doing—from the way my team members approached their project work, to our summer event on the Toronto Islands where we spent an exciting afternoon paddle boarding and doing team-building activities.
I was surprised and impressed to see my team members—none of whom had paddle boarded before—fearlessly climb on their boards amid the rocky waves. Each and every person challenged themselves by standing up from their knees on the board. Seeing them made me want to try harder and push myself further, a theme that was mirrored throughout the summer as I interacted with my ZS team.
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of responsibility I was able to take on in my project work, even as an intern. By working hard and doing my best to contribute meaningfully to our client materials and discussions, I was gradually given more and more opportunities to expand my skillset and challenge myself in new settings.
The ultimate highlight of my summer work came when I helped facilitate a full-day client workshop— working end-to-end from the creation of the presentation and handout materials, to engaging in strategic discussions with client team members.
Coming into the summer, I never expected to have these opportunities to interact with clients and play a significant role in a project. I think my experience shows how focused ZS is on the constant growth and development of its people, both as professionals and business leaders. Every day I came to the office knowing I would be pushed outside of my comfort zone and presented with fresh new challenges to keep me on my toes.
Although it was sometimes daunting, the strong support network of mentors and project managers helped me feel well-equipped with the skills and resources I needed to reach my full potential. I can’t imagine a better internship experience than working with the brilliant, supportive individuals at ZS in an environment designed to foster growth and development.
This post was written by Jacob, a student at Western University. This summer, he interned at ZS’s Toronto office.