Intern SpotLight – Gina Vermeersch
Accounting & Outsourced Solutions
Saginaw Valley State University — May 2020
Major: Professional Accountancy
|Meet Gina Vermeersch, 2019 Tax Season intern working in the Accounting & Outsourced Solutions Department. Gina currently attends Saginaw Valley State University and will graduate with her Bachelor’s in Professional Accountancy in May of 2020.
Gina is from the Saginaw area and enjoys spending time outdoors. In the winter she enjoys snowboarding and she says in the summer, anytime she can be by the water or playing softball is a great day. Gina also enjoys watching Friends on Netflix and spending time with her dog Millie—a Border Collie/Chocolate lab mix (she thinks!)
Why did you choose a career path in public accounting?
When I started college I was VERY undecided. I started taking accounting classes my sophomore year and it seemed to click for me way easier than it did for my peers, so I decided to stick with it for a while. I chose to pursue a career in accounting when I began to research the field and discovered that accountants are always going to be in need, can work in or with any industry, and provided a tremendous advantage to help me move up into leadership positions.
Why did you choose Maner Costerisan to intern with?
I first met recruiters at a career fair at SVSU and was intrigued by their work life balance and their motto of Work Hard, Play Hard, and Give Back. I then attended their Live The Dream program and felt like it was a place that I could really enjoy working at.
What has been your favorite thing about working at Maner Costerisan?
The people are great and Maner is very understanding when I have to go back to Saginaw for classes and letting me work remotely.
What was your first day at Maner Costerisan like?
Everyone was extremely welcoming and I learned A LOT!
What are your duties as an intern?
As an intern in Accounting and Outsourced Solutions I get to work on a variety of different projects. I do payroll entry, check entry, math check for financial statement, deliveries to clients, and prepare Year End Workpapers
What has been the most difficult aspect of your internship?
The most difficult aspect of my internship in managing my time (sanity and sleep schedule) between working full time and going to school full time.
What has been the most rewarding part of your internship?
Learning that it is 100% possible to manage my time and sanity!
Who have you gotten a chance to interact with during your internship?
I have had the opportunity to make several deliveries to clients, and I get to work on projects with different people every day which helps keep things interesting. Also, the head of my department stops by my desk almost every day to check up on how things are going and just chat.
What advice or tips would you give to a new intern?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions (even the silly ones), take notes, and take full advantage of the free coffee.