Intern Spotlight – Austin McCarrick

Austin McCarrick

Audit Department

Central Michigan University — December 2020

Major: Accounting

Minor: Business Information Systems

 

 

Meet Austin McCarrick, 2019 Tax Season intern working in the Audit Department. Austin currently attends Central Michigan University and will graduate with his Bachelor’s and 150 credits in December 2020.

Austin is originally from St. John’s, Michigan. He decided to go the route of public accounting after a family friend who is a CPA suggested  he might like accounting. He took a class, did a job shadow, and he has been hooked since. In his spare time, Austin likes to hunt, fish, and golf.

 

Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?
I grew up in the Lansing area, and I’m a bit of a home body. I love the City of Lansing and I love public accounting – Maner is the best of both worlds. In addition, I have always felt the slightly smaller firms often care more and have more to offer than some of the bigger ones. Maner, being a single-office firm, is a perfect example of that.

What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?
My favorite thing about working at Maner has been the people. Everybody is so friendly and helpful; it’s hard to not feel instantly welcomed.

What was your first day at Maner Costerisan like?
This is my first real-world work experience in public accounting so on my first day I was excited and nervous. Orientation was fun, but I also could not wait to get right down to business.

What are your duties as an intern?
My main duty is completing audits for our affordable housing clients.

What has been the most difficult aspect of your internship?
Balancing my internship and school. When I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is homework.

What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?
The most rewarding part so far has been learning. I came into my internship with very limited knowledge of the audit world. Having the opportunity to learn through hands-on experience is amazing. I think I’ve learned more in four weeks of working than I have in my entire college career.

What advice or tips would you give to a new intern?
I would tell them to not be embarrassed to ask questions. Everybody expects you to ask questions anyway. There’s no such thing as a dumb question.