INTERN SPOTLIGHT—Oliver Zay

Oliver Zay
Business Solutions & Technology
University of Michigan — May 2022
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Music

 

Meet Oliver Zay 2019 Summer intern working in the Business Solutions & Technology Department. Oliver currently attends University of Michigan and will be going into his sophomore year this fall.

Oliver is originally from Grand Ledge. Oliver has played the clarinet since he was 13 and plays in the concert ensemble at Michigan and also in the Michigan Marching Band. He enjoys running and hiking and often brings one of his three dogs along.

Why did you choose a career path in public accounting?
Honestly, public accounting chose me. I previously had no experience with accounting, but I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to explore a field that I wasn’t familiar with and I have learned a lot.

Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?
I chose Maner Costerisan because I wanted to gain professional experience, and I had also heard great things about Maner Costerisan as a company.

What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?
My favorite thing about working at Maner has been the freedom to approach problems however I want. For both of my major projects that I have worked on, I was allowed complete freedom on how to solve them, which, from a programming perspective, was very nice.

What are your duties as an intern?
Although I am a tech intern, I work on special projects for the administration department, mostly related to the automation of word processing. I also am developing a program that scans invoices to find potential duplicate payments for a client.

Who have you gotten a chance to interact with during your internship?
I have gotten the opportunity to interact with not just the tech department, but people from across departments, including partners.

What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?
The most rewarding part of my internship has been the opportunity to gain professional experience and to use my existing skills to make other people’s jobs easier.

What advice or tips would you give to a new intern?
My advice to a new intern would be to go in with confidence in what you know how to do and an open mind to learning what you don’t.