INTERN SPOTLIGHT—Jacob Gregor
Meet Jacob Gregor, 2020 tax season intern working in the Audit Department. Jacob currently attends Calvin University and will graduate in May 2021 with his Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. Jacob plans to further his education and obtain his Master’s degree after graduation.
Jacob is originally from Harrison Township, Michigan and enjoys going on his boat, watching sports and hanging out with his friends in his spare time. Jacob has been playing hockey almost his entire life and played on the Calvin team for 2 years as a goalie.
Why did you choose a career path in public accounting?
When I first started college, I originally was majoring in business. After I took my first accounting class, I knew I was going to switch my major to accounting. I fell in love with how everything in the accounting industry balances out in the end and how important public accountants are to the company as a whole.
Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?
After meeting Maner at a job far and reading all the information I received, I knew Maner was a company I wanted to work for. The importance Maner places on workplace culture was a big deciding factor for me. They treat their employees/interns with respect.
What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?
My favorite thing about Maner is the willingness of their employees to help you learn. All the employees are super friendly and make it easy for you to ask questions.
What are your duties as an intern?
As an intern in the audit department, I am currently working on Affordable Housing Audits. I make sure their general ledger matches their trail balance, make the necessary changes needed by recording journal entries, confirm assets, liabilities, equity, revenue and expense accounts, and draft up the needed financial statements.
What has been the most difficult aspect of your internship?
The most difficult part was learning how to be comfortable while being uncomfortable. Working through an audit, if all the documents are not readily available, you have to wait a few days to receive them. You don’t get the comfort that the audit is 100% complete and correct and still start another audit. However, I learned that being comfortable being uncomfortable is one of the best parts of the job, work is never boring.
What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?
The most rewarding part so far has been all the information I have gained from this experience.
What advice or tips would you give to a new intern?
Don’t stress out at first. It takes time to learn the steps and the ways Maner performs their services. The partners understand if your first couple of assignments take longer than expected. It will get easier with time.