INTERN SPOTLIGHT—Grant Kramer
Michigan State University
Meet Grant Kramer, 2020 tax season intern working in the Tax Department. Grant currently attends Michigan State University and will graduate next month with his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He plans to obtain his Master’s degree in Accounting in Maryland.
Grant is originally from East Lansing and is a huge fan of all MSU sports. He is also a huge soccer fan and got to see his favorite team, Ajax, play in Amsterdam last spring (pictured). Grant has played tennis for many years and is part of the MSU Club Tennis Team.
Grant also enjoys traveling and did a study abroad in Italy last year and got to travel to 8 different countries in Europe. In addition to traveling, Grant loves going to restaurants and enjoying the food and experience.
Why did you choose a career path in public accounting?
I have always been good in math which got me into accounting in the first place, and I chose public accounting because I’ve always heard that having experience in public accounting opens a lot of doors in your career.
Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?
I attended the Live the Dream program in the Summer of 2018 and I really liked the atmosphere at Maner.
What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?
How accessible and friendly everybody is.
What are your duties as an intern?
As a tax intern, I have mostly been preparing 1040 returns and I’ve also been preparing a lot of affordable housing tax returns.
What has been the most difficult aspect of your internship?
It has probably been learning all the software, especially because there is a lot of small little details that are crucial to the whole process. Working part time here while also taking 16 credits at school has also been difficult but I’ve learned to manage my time much more effectively. And then probably the most obvious one has been transitioning to working remotely during the pandemic which has been difficult as you don’t get the face to face help like you did in the office, but the communication is still strong so it has still been working out.
What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?
The most rewarding part has been seeing the amount of time it takes me to prepare returns consistently decrease which shows me I’ve been improving so that has been nice to see.
What advice or tips would you give to a new intern?
My advice would be to reach out as much as possible because that is the fastest way to learn. It makes it much easier when you can work with an experienced member and you learn a lot more that way. I would also advise building relationships with people, as that just makes the experience enjoyable.