The first thing I remember from walking into the Boston office on my first day is the warm welcome I received from one of the administrative assistants, who helped the interns feel settled right away. The second thing I remember is the large array of snacks on the kitchen counter. Cheez-its®, granola bars, trail mix, chips, popcorn, fresh fruit – the list goes on! I remember hearing that ZS treats its people well, but I had no idea how well.
My first week was full of typical orientation activities: getting staffed on projects, meeting my team, attending client meetings, having immersion interviews with the international client team, crafting discussion guides, analyzing Excel data and contributing to decks. One important thing I noticed right away was that even as an intern, I’m taken seriously by my team and my input and contributions to the project are valued. I’m not doing “fluffy” work – I’m making a real difference on the project (and not just by keeping my team caffeinated).
I am currently working on a global go-to-market project, where we are working to bring a new product to market in 12 different countries. I feel incredibly lucky to be working on this project. Having no previous experience in pharmaceuticals or consulting, I was nervous to get started, but the associate on my project took the time to sit down with me and go over the overwhelming amount of data and information. The associate principal on my project even sat down with me individually on multiple occasions to go over things as simple as a PowerPoint slide. In my short time at ZS, I’ve already witnessed that this kind of support is the norm here. Everyone is willing to take extra time to ensure you’re up to speed, provide feedback or just check-in to see how you’re doing.
The snacks have only gotten better as the weeks go by – somehow there’s free lunch every Friday, the fridge is always stocked and the nitro cold brew was just refilled. While the snacks keep me fueled for the occasional early mornings and late nights, it’s really the support from my team and other ZSers that keep me coming back to work every day.
Majken is a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying applied physics. This summer, she is interning at ZS’s Boston office.