During my summer internship in ZS’s Toronto office, I was surprised how ZSers are willing to put aside their own work to help someone else learn. I was excited to see a project through from beginning to end to get a firsthand look at the life of a consultant. My project was challenging and surrounded me with thought-provoking discussions and real-time learnings. As a novice in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, my team was always willing to sit down with me to discuss my questions – and if they didn’t have the answer, they always knew someone who would. Even as an intern, my inputs were valued by my team, which gave me a true sense of ownership in the project and deliverables.
I also found that ZSer’s willingness to help goes beyond their project work. Throughout the summer, I participated in several events organized by the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) — ZS’s affinity group dedicated to supporting women in building successful careers and fostering an inclusive environment. Getting involved with the WLI and understanding their mission and impact were certainly highlights of my internship. I was particularly inspired by an event that explored the importance of developing and presenting your personal brand. Each attendee identified three words to describe their personal brand with the objective of comparing external perceptions against internal goals. We then had a discussion about how to achieve our goals and bring our personal brand to life.
My summer with ZS was characterized by support and growth. During a conversation with one of ZS’s associate principals, he told me that his main job to develop ZSers into their next role. It was a brief comment that I believe perfectly captures the nurturing and collaborative culture at ZS that I am so happy that I had the opportunity to experience this summer.
Cassidy is an MBA candidate at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. This summer, she is interning at ZS’s Toronto office.