Intern Spotlight-Connor Lepish

Connor Lepish

Tax Department

Michigan State University — May 2020

Major: Accounting & Finance



Meet Connor Lepish, 2019 Tax Season intern working in the Tax Department. Connor currently attends Michigan State University and will graduate with his Bachelor’s degree in May 2020 and plans to go on and obtain his Master’s degree from either Michigan State or Butler.

Connor is originally from Northville, Michigan. Connor always knew he wanted to work with numbers and fell in love with accounting during high school when he took a couple basic and intermediate accounting courses. Connor has a twin sister who also attends Michigan State and enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, swimming, playing golf and watching sports in his free time.

Why did you choose a career path in public accounting?
I pursued public accounting because I like how you can advance your potential quicker than someone in a corporate setting. I can gain a lot more experience quicker and can learn more aspects of accounting by working in a variety of niches.

Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?
I met and spoke with a couple of recruiters at a career fair last fall at MSU and I soon became very interested in the firm’s commitment to assisting their clients along with their employees. Soon afterward, I was invited to an in office interview and from there I knew even if I was not extended an offer, Maner would be a place I would want to work.

What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?
There are so many things I love about working at Maner, but I would have to say my favorite thing about working here is the learning opportunities I am given and the work that is assigned to me. I love coming into work with a plan of what I’m going to do and setting goals for what I want to accomplish each day.

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?
As a tax intern, my responsibilities include preparing personal property taxes, a lot of affordable housing returns, and U.S. Individual Income returns (1040s).

What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?
It is very rewarding when you have been working on a difficult return for a while and you finally complete the return. It is an amazing feeling knowing that you have completed such a difficult task and the amount of experience you have gained from that task. It is also very rewarding to know that you are benefitting both the client and the firm as a whole.

What advice or tips would you give to a new intern?
I would tell a new intern to take full advantage of the wonderful opportunity they are given to work at such a wonderful environment and never pass up the opportunity to learn something new that might make you feel uncomfortable.