As part of the North America MBA internship program, ZS assembled nearly 30 interns from across North America in Evanston, IL for a two-day summit. During the summit, interns learned more about the firm through information sessions and enjoyed a little fun with social events in the Chicagoland area.
Though heavy rain showers caused a few flight delays and soaked the interns as we scrambled to our first information session, our spirits could not be dampened. ZS Manager Terri Petmezas and Principal Pete Masloski spoke about communication styles and digital healthcare, sparking lively discussions and questions (especially given that several interns are either former practicing doctors or currently in medical programs).
The first day concluded with a family-friendly carnival BBQ event at the local Evanston office. We got to spend some time in the sun with ZSers and their families, enjoy summer food favorites (our vote for best treat was the loaded ice cream funnel cake) and play yard games on the patio.
The next day we hit the ground running with a breakfast chat with Managing Director Chris Wright, who shared real examples of ZS’s approach to work-life balance. As we look to make our next career choices and think about starting a family or other future-oriented commitments, it was incredibly valuable and insightful to hear that you can find balance at ZS. Later in the morning, Principal Chad Albrecht gave an overview of ZS’s Priority Industry practice. Most MBA interns are staffed on Medical Products & Services or Pharma projects this summer so it was interesting to hear about non-healthcare consulting and learn more about ZS’s breadth of work.
Before the intern summit came to a close, we enjoyed a boat tour throughout the Windy City. Despite sweltering temperatures, the final event allowed us to swap stories and share our experiences. As we zipped along the Chicago River learning about the architectural buildings scattered along the shoreline, we concluded: interns that sweat together, stay together — at work, and at play.
The best part about the summit was getting to know our fellow interns. With projects kicking off at a fast pace, it’s great to have the opportunity to come together, learn and celebrate our time as ZS interns. Beyond inter-office intern bonding, the summit gave us more insight into how much ZS values people. ZSers care about one another and value time with family and friends. It’s evident in the way ZS leaders balance time with family, the way ZSers treat one another and even the type of interns that are selected. As the remaining days in our internships begin to dwindle, we both feel encouraged by the vibrant, supportive and collaborative corporate culture at ZS.
This post was co-authored by Kari Scharnberg and Gabe Hodges, who are MBA interns at ZS’s Evanston, IL office this summer.