Ashley Ristic

Grand Valley State University

May 2021

Major: Accounting & Finance




Meet Ashley Ristic, 2020 tax season intern working in the Tax Department. Ashley currently attends Grand Valley State University and will graduate in May 2021 with her Bachelor’s Degree. She plans to continue on to obtain her Master’s in Accounting.

Ashley decided to pursue accounting after enjoying her accounting class in high school. She has always enjoyed the challenge of working with numbers.

Ashley is originally from Clinton Township, Michigan. In her spare time she enjoys a variety of activities including working out, playing sports and spending time with friends and family. Ashley also loves to travel and has been to nine different countries. Her favorite memory from traveling is visiting the Kravice waterfalls in Bosnia.

Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?

I first heard of Maner Costerisan at Grand Valley’s career fair. I talked to one of the recruiters at the table and after my talk with him I walked away really interested in the firm. It seemed like a company that really invests in their interns. Maner seemed like a perfect fit because of their open-door policy, they really want their interns to learn and grow by asking questions to anyone in the firm.

What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?

So far, my favorite thing is the people. Everyone is very nice and willing to help all the time. Also, when you need help, they try to get you answers very quick so you can move on to the next step. I feel that I am being trusted, taught, and utilized as a valued employee.

What was your first day at Maner Costerisan like?

My first day was exciting. We had introductions with all the interns, and then we had training on different topics and got to meet some of the employees at the firm. We also went to lunch as a group with the interns and our mentors.

What are your duties as an intern? 

So far, my duties have been to prepare the tax forms given to me, then send them to review, and possibly get review points back to fix. The tax returns that I have worked on thus far have been; Personal Property, Partnership, Negative tax Capital and 1040 returns.

What has been the most difficult aspect of your internship? 

The most difficult part has been getting used to the new tax forms. When we learn a new form, it takes a couple days to figure out how to do them.

What has been the most rewarding part of your internship? 

The most rewarding part has been figuring out how to have a work life balance and that even in busy season you can still have time for friends and family. Also, its rewarding to be given real work experiences and to be able to learn and grow from them.

What advice or tips would you give to a new intern? 

Don’t be afraid to ask question everyone is very helpful. Also take notes so you don’t make the same mistake twice.