Intern Spotlight—Jordan Bylsma
Hope College — May 2020
Major: Public Accounting
|Meet Jordan Bylsma, 2019 Tax Season intern working in the Tax Department. Jordan currently attends Hope College and will graduate with his Bachelor’s degree in Public Accounting in May 2020.
Jordan is originally from Hudsonville, Michigan. Jordan has 2 brothers (1 older and 1 younger) who both attend Hope College as well. Jordan enjoys watching and playing sports and going on family trips. His family wanted to visit all 30 MLB stadiums before him and his brothers graduated high school—they didn’t make it to all but did make it to 20 of the stadiums—only 10 to go!
Why did you choose a career path in public accounting?
I chose public accounting because I enjoy working in my own space and I like dealing with numbers. My advisor encouraged me to take the beginning-level accounting class at Hope. Ever since then I’ve wanted to use what I’ve learned and apply it to the real world.
Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?
I chose Maner because I went to the “Live the Dream” program and enjoyed talking with some of the full-time employees. I worked hard to prepare for the upcoming interview which led to an offer.
What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?
I enjoy being able to work closely with people, especially the interns. I enjoy being able to come into the office knowing what I’m going to do. There’s a lot of predictability once you understand the tasks you are assigned.
What are your duties as an intern?
So far, I have been preparing PPT’s for the most part, as well as a few 1040’s.
What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?
The most rewarding part of my internship was completing my first and last PPT. The first one was satisfying, but I knew there was still a lot to learn yet. The last one was satisfying because I could see all the work I put into the PPT’s I completed. Another rewarding experience is being able to make friends that will hopefully last longer than this internship.
Have you had a lot of interaction with the other interns? Do you work together or independently the majority of the time?
I’ve had a lot of interaction with the interns since we sit so close together. It’s always fun to help them out and get help from them. We work on our own tasks but work together on problems and questions we may have throughout the day.
What advice or tips would you give to a new intern?
I would tell the new interns not to be overwhelmed with the information they receive during the first week of training. The interns will soon be able to understand what exactly they will be preparing throughout the first couple weeks of the internship.