As our internship comes to an end (so sad), we thought it would be fun to share our thoughts on our past ten weeks here at MAZ. It’s safe to say that this internship has not only been educational, but incredibly fun as well.
One of the biggest highlights of interning at MAZ this summer was being able to be part of its incredible company culture. Although MAZ is past its start-up days (just celebrated our fifth year!), it still manages to retain an inviting and innovative environment that entrepreneurial start-ups are so well-known for.
The first thing we learned was that MAZ is not a job. Instead of being in a ‘typical’ career – one in which you work 9 to 5 and the end goal (for the most part) is profit, MAZ employees are genuinely driven by innovation and ambition. They are propelled by the belief in building a truly inventive product, and everyone is equally passionate about moving the company forward together.
With the New York team only consisting of 8 people, a beloved dog (Gordo!), and an endless supply of gummy bears, the office environment is also incredibly collaborative. People aren’t afraid to throw out ideas, assist each other if needed, and nobody’s job title was exclusively theirs. As interns, we never felt as though we were bossed around, for nobody acted superior. On the contrary, our input was encouraged, welcomed, and even enacted.
Another important aspect of MAZ we came to appreciate immensely was its non-hierarchical environment. Even as summer interns, we were always part of the team; our ideas were not only heard, but implemented as well. With weekly tasks like co-producing a podcast (PubTech Nation, check it out!), creating mailers, and publisher vetting, the work we contributed were not assignments in college – they were projects that helped shaped both the present and future of a company.
However, best of all, the fun didn’t stop outside the office. Between the NYC Tech Meetup and our All Team Fun Day at the Frying Pan, we truly felt like we were part of a family. Work lunches included an enormous amount of pizza (that we may or may not have consumed half of) and bagel breakfasts on the roof were an absolute must. We quickly realized that MAZ is a work hard, play hard type of company, and that everyone was every bit as driven to have fun as they were to succeed in their jobs.
P.S. Not only did we teach them how to ‘whip and nae nae’ but we also got everyone to use the term ‘on fleek’. You’re welcome, MAZ.
Thanks for an unforgettable summer, MAZ. Stay on fleek, always.
May & Alisha