INTERN SPOTLIGHT—Ryan Freemire
Michigan State University
Meet Ryan Freemire – 2020 tax season intern working in the Tax Department. Ryan currently attends Michigan State University and will graduate with his Bachelor’s degree in May 2021. He then plans to get his Master’s in Accounting from Michigan State.
Ryan decided to pursue accounting as math has always been his favorite and best subject in school. One of his teachers even said she could easily see him as an accountant!
Ryan is originally from Eaton Rapids and likes to work out, watch sports, and spend time with family and friends in his spare time. He is a huge MSU fan and soccer is his favorite sport.
Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?
My first interaction with Maner Costerisan was at a Career Fair at Michigan State. I talked to the recruiters and became interested with Maner based on the way they seemed to value their interns. In addition to that, I was excited about the location being so close to Michigan State where I could still be close to my family and friends even during the long hours of tax season. What really won me over though was when I came to the office to interview and saw how nice everyone was as well as how approachable everyone was.
What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?
My favorite thing has definitely been how much I have been learning. The people here have been so encouraging and helpful to me as I face my first tax season. It is amazing how in just a couple of months I can go from having no knowledge of accounting software and how to do tax returns to learning how to do three types of returns and being able to navigate the software pretty well. I am excited to see how much more I will learn as the internship continues on.
What was your first day at Maner Costerisan like?
My first day at Maner was both exciting and a bit nerve-wracking as I did not know exactly what to expect. As I went through orientation and became familiar with the staff as well as the other interns my nerves went away. I learned interesting information about the firm and began to understand my role within the firm. I was also blown away by the amount of food Maner provided us with which was extremely nice.
What are your duties as an intern?
My duties include preparing various tax returns. I have worked on partnership, personal property, and 1040 tax returns so far. I prepare a return, send it up to review, and complete review points to improve the return if there are any. In addition, I have been involved in special projects with the other interns including the January negative tax capital project for partnerships.
What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?
The most rewarding part is the amount of responsibility we have as interns. Working on real clients and real returns is exactly the kind of experience I wanted out of the internship. Taking on this responsibility truly makes me as an intern feel that I am an important part of the Maner staff.
Who have you gotten a chance to interact with during your internship?
I have gotten the chance to interact with plenty of partners, managers, and a few clients so far throughout the internship. I have been messaging and meeting with the partners or the managers on a job to ask questions. I have also had to reach out to a few 1040 and one partnership client so far via email to ask for information I need to complete their returns. The heavy amount of communication involved on each job was something I was not expecting but I learned how necessary it is because I often have questions on jobs I need answered to proceed.
Have you had a lot of interaction with the other interns? Do you work together or independently the majority of the time?
Yes, the other interns and I are in constant communication which is one of my favorite parts of the internship. Whether it be through our Teams chat or just stopping by each other’s cube to help each other out. Most the time we all have our own independent jobs but we still try to offer support to each other when we get stuck on something.
What advice or tips would you give to a new intern?
My advice is to come in with an open mind and be ready to learn. If you embrace the opportunity to learn through the tax season it will lead to a rewarding experience you will be proud of when you look back at the overall internship experience.