INTERN SPOTLIGHT – Lindsey Smith
Michigan State University
Meet Lindsey Smith, 2020 summer intern working in the Audit Department. Lindsey currently attends Michigan State University and will graduate in December 2020 with her Bachelor’s Degree. She plans to continue on to obtain her Master’s in Accounting.
Lindsey is originally from Laingsburg. In her spare time she enjoys watching MSU basketball, Reading and playing IM Volleyball. She also enjoys tending to her garden, exercising and swimming when it is nice out. Lindsey also enjoys spending time with her friends and family and playing with her dog, Miles.
Why did you choose a career path in public accounting?
Accounting was not something I had originally intended to pursue when I first went to college but after taking a couple of business courses, I was drawn to the work that accountants do. Specifically, I appreciate the value that accountants bring to businesses/clients in assisting with strategic decision making.
Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?
I was initially interested in interning at Maner because of their size and location, and after attending their leadership program I saw that it would be a great place to work. They offer a lot of resources and opportunities and I could picture myself not only interning here but continuing my career beyond an internship as well.
What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?
My favorite thing about working at Maner is the overall atmosphere. Even while starting my internship remotely, I feel like I am surrounded by people who are always willing help me learn and grow.
What are your duties as an intern?
As an audit intern I have mainly been working on the SAS 99 section of the audit process. Specifically, I have worked in things such as check register testing, ACH testing, credit card testing.
What has been the most difficult aspect of your internship?
The most difficult aspect of my internship has been missing out on the in-office experience at Maner. I really enjoy the culture that Maner has built and I still get to experience a little bit of that remotely, but understandably so there are some things that you miss out on while working from home.
What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?
The most rewarding part of my internship is being able to constantly learn and improve. Each time you learn a new task it is a small victory and it is amazing to see how much I have learned compared to when I started.
What advice or tips would you give to a new intern?
I would encourage new interns to not get discouraged by the number of things that they don’t know yet, and to focus on learning one thing at a time. Everyone understands that we are still learning, and you aren’t expected to know everything on day 1. Be patient with yourself and you will be surprised at how much you can learn in a little bit of time!