ZS is a firm known for its great people, supportive culture and, of course, amazing food and snacks. But have you ever wondered how a typical day in the life of a ZS intern unfolds? You’re in luck, because I’m here to bring you the inside scoop.
8:30 a.m. – I leave my apartment and walk to ZS’s New York office. As I take in the scenery of Madison Square Park, I use this moment of calmness to mentally prepare for the day.
9 a.m. – After arriving in the office and brewing myself a cup of tea, I check-in with the associate I’m working with on one of my projects. We outline the problem statement and identify pain points where we can introduce solutions to the client. I then synthesize notes from stakeholder meetings and update our deliverable deck with the new insights collected.
12 p.m. – My mentor and I grab lunch at a nearby restaurant to catch up. She’s currently an associate consultant and even interned here before accepting a full-time position. She’s been a great resource and support system during my internship, offering her perspectives on ZS’s culture and post-grad life.
1:00 p.m. – I devote my afternoon to the other project I’m working on for a client drug launch. We’re currently performing qualitative research to identify messages that resonate with physicians, so I listen and take notes on the interviews.
3:00 p.m. – Time for a quick snack break! I head over to the kitchen and grab a handful of peanut M&M’s and chat with the other interns I bump into. It’s been a lot of fun having an intern class that started together in the office. We love to catch up and swap stories about our days whenever we have a chance.
3:15 p.m. – I go over my notes from previous interviews to prepare for an upcoming working session where we will discuss our findings and create the final deliverable. Later in the afternoon, I meet with an associate on my project to close the loop and discuss next actionable steps.
6:00 p.m. – I leave the office after a productive day and head over to the bi-weekly office happy hour. These are always a lot of fun and a great way to meet new ZSers.
Although this captures a single day of my ZS experience, what’s been most exciting about my internship is that no two days look the same. Every day has brought new challenges and opportunities for growth and learning.
This blog post was written by Joanna, who interned at ZS’s New York office this summer.