Interning at Manifesto

By Lila Mendoza

2 min read


Interning at Manifesto

By Lila Mendoza

2 min read


During my time as an intern at Manifesto, I’ve had the opportunity to immerse myself in working life as a consultant, benefiting from the wide range of experiences and honest fun culture of a growing company.

 

Non-stop learning

 

Through the onboarding process, I was introduced to all the important principles that Manifesto operates on, from core company values, to understanding thought leadership pieces and the importance of stakeholder engagement. Whilst it may have been a lot to process, I really benefited from having a well-rounded exposure to different aspects of Manifesto within the first few weeks of joining. As I joined my first client project, I began learning core consulting skills such as project management, slide creation, and translating research into insightful outputs. I was really appreciative of how supportive everyone was, whether it was answering a random question on Slack, sitting and talking me through a framework, or helping me bring a slide to life.

 

 

Communication is key 

 

From coffee catch-ups, to daily check-ins, communication with colleagues is an integral part of daily life at Manifesto. Within my first week, I had the opportunity to meet people from across the company, all working on different internal and external projects. This gave me an immediate insight into the inner workings of the company, and what life is like as a consultant. Whilst on a project, my empty calendar soon filled up with regular check-ins with my team to ensure our thoughts were aligned, and we were each confident with the work we’d been tasked with. I quickly learnt that communication is the foundation of progress.

 

 

Everyone is valuable

 

As an intern at Manifesto, you are treated as a crucial member of the team, regardless of how long you have been at the company, or what background you have come from. Tasked with researching and building decks from day one, I was able to take ownership of my own work, and contribute to team meetings with my own findings and perspectives. Many of my slides have even been presented to clients, something I didn’t expect to be so proud of!

 

Tightly knit group of exceptionally skilled people

 

The Manifesto office in Hatton Garden is home to a wonderful team of fun, vibrant and supportive employees. It is easy to reach out for help or just have a chat whilst making a cup of tea. Weekly sharing lunches give everyone the opportunity to share skills they have learnt on projects or their own personal experiences. Last month I got the chance to co-host a sharing lunch on Diwali, and it was a lovely way to open up a conversation about different cultural practices. Each week we meet to discuss upcoming events and summarise in flight projects, and once a month meet in person for the partners to talk us through business development. The transparency regarding the inner workings of the company is a wonderful way to feel like a part of the success of the business. Hosting a State of the Nation myself, alongside another intern, was a great way to feel even more comfortable at Manifesto.

 

The internship programme at Manifesto has provided me with an incredible opportunity to gain skills required in the consulting world, to meet inspiring and driven people, and to kick-start my career in a hugely supportive environment. If you have any questions or are interested in applying, please feel free to reach out!

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