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Girard School of Business

Jake Manning

Jake Manning

Class of 2010
Accounting Concentration

His third day on the job, accounting intern Jake Manning was asked to assist with a client’s audit.  “Okay, I admit it,” he says.  “It was a little intimidating.  But there’s no better way to learn than by doing.  This internship has been great for that.”

In fact, Jake was exactly where he wanted to be.  As a high school student in the small town of Dunstable, Massachusetts, he had taken a field trip to Price Waterhouse in Boston and glimpsed a different world.  “I loved the fast pace of the city and the whole idea of working for a big corporation,” he says.  “I was determined to explore a career in business.”

Jake chose Merrimack both for its academic reputation and because he was offered the chance to play football.  “Everything is really hands-on here,” he notes, “and professors do a terrific job of relating whatever they’re teaching to what’s going on in the real world.  There’s no such thing as a back row in Merrimack, either, because the classes are so small that the teachers are personally invested in preparing you for the future.”

As an example, Jake cites one accounting course taught by a certified financial planner.  “She spent part of each class watching CNN with us and discussing current events in light of what we were studying.  Now, when I hear news from the financial world, I understand more about what’s going on.”

His internship at Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP, a national accounting firm in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, has helped him define his future.  “It’s nerve-wracking to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life when you’re only 20 years old,” he acknowledges, “so it’s great to get a taste of the real thing.  Plus, I’m being paid well for my internship.  I really couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity.”