INTERN SPOTLIGHT—Avery Slade
Grand Valley State University
Meet Avery Slade, 2020 tax season intern working in the Tax department. Avery currently attends Grand Valley State University and will graduate in May 2021 with his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Avery decided to go into Accounting because he enjoys working with numbers and liked the idea of working in an office. He likes the challenge and feels that he will be able to have a very rewarding career. Avery is originally from Fowlerville, Michigan and has 1 older brother. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his friends, his 3 dogs and his family. He also enjoys hunting and once shot a 12 point buck (pictured). Avery is also an avid MSU basketball and football spectator and follows the recruiting, stats and projections for the teams very closely.
Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?
I chose to intern with Maner because I liked the idea that if I worked here one day, I would have the opportunity to job share into a different department if I wanted to. This was apparent in the interview process that that was an opportunity for staff. I also liked that in the office interview, it was more than just being interviewed by one person, but I was able to meet many different Partners and get many different perspectives.
What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?
My favorite thing about working at Maner must be the people. Since working here I’ve been able to ask many colleagues their path to the CPA and ask if they went the master’s route or accumulated the 150 as an undergraduate. As well as if I ask anyone for help, no matter their level, they are willing to help. Everyone is genuinely nice, and you can tell everyone wants to see you succeed in your career no matter what firm it may be at.
What was your first day at Maner Costerisan like?
My first day at Maner I was very nervous but excited. I was excited to have my first taste of real accounting but was also scared I wasn’t going to pick up on it. But as I arrived my nerves settled when I saw my name tag, a coat for me, and other interns sitting around the tables. The presentations throughout the first day were mostly informational about Maner. We were also able to hear from all the department heads and listen to their career paths. And lunch was provided!!!!
What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?
The most rewarding part of the internship is the amount of work I’ve been able to work on. I’m very glad I’ve been able to see different jobs within tax, so I have a better understanding of what a tax accountant does.
What advice or tips would you give to a new intern?
Some advice that I would give to a new intern is pay attention to the details. Learn from your mistakes. And for as much as you can, be a sponge over the next three and half months because there is a wealth of knowledge and information being presented to you. And ask questions. You’re not expected to know, but you are expected to learn.