Q&A With Summer Interns - Part 2

Name: Malik Simmons
From: Cahokia, Illinois
College: Harris-Stowe State University – Saint Louis, MO
Major: Accounting
Expected Graduation: May 2021
Department: Administration
Why were you interested in an internship at KAI?
I was interested because it was a chance to learn from everyone’s personal experiences and journeys – which is something money can’t buy and no book can teach you.
What did you hope to learn as an intern at KAI this summer?
I hoped to learn everything there is on what it takes to turn a small business into a billion-dollar company. Also, how to become a better leader and businessman.
What would be your dream job?
My dream job is running a million-dollar business as a Real Estate Developer.
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
An interesting fact about me is I’m a first-generation college student.
What or who has influenced your career choice?
People like Robert Kiyosaki and Jay Morrison have inspired and motivated me to get out of the rat race I was standing in.

Name: Markayle Wicks
From: St. Louis, Missouri
College: Harris-Stowe State University – Saint Louis, MO
Major: Accounting
Expected Graduation: December 2019
Department: Accounting
Why were you interested in an internship at KAI?
After researching KAI, I learned how it has grown so much since it began in 1980 in St. Louis, MO. What really made me want to intern with KAI was seeing how involved they are in the community. Volunteering and being a helping hand is a big part of my life and being able to intern with a company that shares that mindset makes the experience even better.
What did you hope to learn as an intern at KAI this summer?
I hoped to learn the different tips and skills that are necessary to be a successful accountant. I also hoped I’d learn the best ways to stay on track with my different tasks and the proper way to conduct myself in an office setting.
What would be your dream job?
My dream job is to one day become a Human Resources Manager or Chief Financial Officer.
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
An interesting fact about me is that I put my family first when making a lot of decisions; the people that I have in my life really mean a lot to me.

What or who has influenced your career choice?
My aunt, who is an accountant, has helped to guide me throughout my life. The way she carries herself and the way she can provide for herself really motivated me to choose business as a career field. (Plus, I really like numbers!)