Elizabeth Renney
GVSU — April 2020
Major: Accounting & Finance



Meet Elizabeth Renney 2019 Summer intern working in the Audit Department. Elizabeth currently attends Grand Valley State University and will graduate with her Bachelor’s degree in Spring of 2020.

Elizabeth is originally from Eaton Rapids. Elizabeth enjoys swimming, watching TV, shopping, yoga and spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoys spending time with her dog Jersey, a Boxer mix, who they recently adopted from the Capital Area Humane Society!

Why did you choose a career path in public accounting?
I originally started college pursuing a degree in finance, which required a couple of basic accounting classes. As I was taking those classes I realized I liked accounting and decided to pursue a double major in accounting and finance. It was not until I went to Maner’s Live the Dream program and learned about public accounting, that I wanted to give it a try and pursue a career in it.

Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?
I attended Maner’s Live the Dream event and I instantly liked the atmosphere and culture. I am also from the Lansing area and wanted to be close to home, so Maner was perfect.

What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?
My favorite thing about working at Maner is the people. Everyone is always so nice and willing to help if you have questions. I also like the Dress for Your Day Policy they have.

What are your duties as an intern?
As an audit intern I usually go out to the client and work on things that are required for the audit.

What has been the most difficult aspect of your internship?
The most difficult aspect has been the learning curve. I have not taken an audit class yet, so everything is new to me. It has been fun learning about how an audit works, but it has been difficult.

What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?
The most rewarding part was when I got my first review notes back. I was able to sit down with the reviewer and the first thing she said was “You did a great job for your first time, I really am nit-picking things.” It felt good to hear such positive feedback from my first engagement.

Who have you gotten a chance to interact with during your internship?
I have gotten a chance to interact with pretty much everyone- partners, managers, associates, and interns. In the audit department there is a lot of field work, so I get a lot of client interaction as well.

What advice or tips would you give to a new intern?
Do not hesitate to ask questions, but also give yourself a chance to figure it out on your own. Write everything down and always carry around a pen and notepad with you.