“In just the first week of my internship as a product marketing intern, Zayo lived up to my expectations of a relaxed, friendly yet professional and hardworking corporate environment. Everyone at Zayo seems to love what they do. They bike to work early to get a head start on the day, they rock smiles with coffee cup in hand, they greet just about everyone on their way in. Most importantly, they’re busy with something new and exciting every day.”
Those are the initial impressions of Megan Boyles, a University of Colorado student and one of 41 summer interns selected from 700 applicants. With the program now nearing completion, students are wrapping up their assignments, competing in a final “Internovate” project and participating in community service initiatives.
Most interns are undergraduate upperclassmen or graduate students, with 80 percent from Colorado universities, including the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, University of Denver and Metro State University. Others are pursuing degrees from leading out-of-state universities, including the Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, Lynn University and Ave Maria University. Consistent with Zayo’s focus on diversity, nearly half of this year’s class are women or underrepresented minorities.
This year, Zayo has also hired interns from non-profits and accelerators it supports, including two Greenhouse Scholars, an alumnus of the Denver School of Science and Technology, three interns from Startup Summer, one from Spark and four from the University of Colorado TechLaw accelerator. This year, one veteran who was serving overseas is also on board.
The interns are part of a structured program, which includes a balance of in-depth training about the company and industry, mentorship and on-the-job experience. Interns pursuing degrees ranging from engineering to business to law work for 10 weeks in their functional areas, most from the company’s Boulder or Denver offices.
“Working at Zayo is an experience I wish every college student could have. Having worked and interned in other companies in the past, Zayo has provided a unique and superior internship program and an overall business culture that promotes personal growth and development unlike any other company I have experienced,” said Joey McGrath, Carrier Relations intern and student at Oklahoma State University.
“My goal is to strengthen my leadership and improve my professional skills. With the large number of leaders and the support I receive, I am already improving in these areas,” said Karen Vasquez-Romero, a Big Data analyst, a Greenhouse scholar attending Colorado State University and a DSST alum. “I have learned about what it takes to work in a fast-paced environment and to maneuver multiple projects at once through the mentorship component of the internship program. Zayo has an incredible culture, and I am excited to see what else I will learn.”
According to Maggie Newland, Zayo’s lead for the internship program, the interns are immediately immersed in their work assignments. “Based on our experience over the past few years, our interns will make meaningful contributions in their assignments, which include application development, GIS, Tranzact, network analytics, cloud infrastructure, finance and legal.”
“I have had the privilege of working on many exciting projects,” said Lauren Clayton, an MBA student at the Leeds School of Business at CU. “These include partnering with a cross-functional team to develop a company wide mentorship program, assisting in the planning and facilitation of community and employee events, and generating marketing materials for a wide range of consumers. Through this process I have had the extraordinary opportunity of collaborating with individuals at all levels of the organization, ranging from teams of fellow interns to C-level executives. As an intern at Zayo I have been empowered to pursue success with a unique balance of autonomy and support in a very challenging and fun environment.”