Intern Spotlight—Jessamine Schell

Jessamine Schell
Michigan State University  — May 2020
Major: Accounting



Meet Jessamine Schell, 2019 Tax Season intern working in the Tax Department. Jessamine currently attends Michigan State University and will graduate with her Bachelor’s degree in May of 2020. She plans to continue on at Michigan State for her Master’s degree.

Jessamine is originally from North Dakota and fell in love with Michigan State on a campus visit. She is the youngest of five siblings, all of whom are still in North Dakota. In her free time, Jessamine enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as being around animals. She volunteers at the Capital Area Humane Society when she can. She is also a huge MSU sports fan and attends the basketball, football and hockey games as often as she can!

Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?
I chose Maner Costerisan after I talked with a few friends who had worked here, and they all strongly recommended I apply.

What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?
Definitely the people! Everyone here is so nice and helpful. The staff you work with always wants you to understand what you are doing, as well as why you are doing it. It has definitely been a great learning experience thus far.

What are your duties as an intern?
I was working primarily on personal property taxes at the beginning of my internship, and now I am focusing solely on 1040 returns.

What has been the most difficult aspect of your internship?
I am currently also a full-time student, so finding the balance between work and school was very difficult in the beginning, especially since I was enjoying my work so much.

What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?
The most rewarding thing is how much I’ve learned in such a short period of time! I came in knowing very little about the tax world, and now I’m completing returns on my own with little to no help. It’s very exciting and rewarding when you can look back at your first return and see how far you’ve come.

Have you had a lot of interaction with the other interns?
I have had a lot of interaction with the other interns. The tax interns have formed some really good relationships. We work on our returns independently, but we are always bouncing questions and ideas off of one another, so it really is a group effort. We also go out to lunch together at least once a week, and really enjoy spending that time outside of work together, as well.

What advice or tips would you give to a new intern?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and soak up all of the knowledge you can while you’re here! The internship goes by so fast, but if you ask questions when you need to and truly try to understand the work you’re doing, you’ll enjoy the job so much more. Also, make friends with the other interns. You will be spending a lot of time together, and becoming friends has made coming to work even more enjoyable.