Q&A with Intern Justin Brown

Jul 02, 2021
Name: Justin Brown JBrown-Blog-Design.png
Title: Supply Chain and Inventory Intern 
Location: Moundridge, KS
Hometown: Caldwell, KS
Education: Will be a senior at Kansas State University majoring in agribusiness with a management minor
Why did you choose to pursue an internship with MKC/TMA?
I chose to pursue an internship with MKC because of the company reputation and impact on the Kansas agricultural industry. I have noticed in previous years that they treat their interns well, and I wanted to be a part of that. MKC takes pride in both individual and organizational growth, and that is rare for many companies.

What does a day in your life look like this summer?
I begin most days at the admin office in Moundridge, where I meet my mentor, Chelsea Busch, and discuss the day’s plan. Depending on the day, I will either work on some sort of a project, shadow my mentor or another employee or go to a location to observe their inventory. I have had to utilize a lot of problem solving in my various jobs, and I always look forward to my next challenge.

What has been the most exciting part of your internship?
The most exciting part of the internship has been interacting with the other interns throughout the summer. We all have the chance to share our experiences and grow together, along with making great memories outside of work.

What motivates you most about getting up to start a new day as an intern?
For me, motivation comes from realizing the value in a situation. If I’m assigned a task, I like to know the value I am adding to it and the impact it has on others and the company. As an MKC intern, I have the chance to work on projects that are useful to MKC and relate to what I am learning at college, keeping me eager and excited to come to work every day.

When did you realize you were interested in the career path you’re in?
My interest for the agricultural industry began at a young age. I grew up on a family farm, so I was exposed to many aspects of production agriculture. I chose to pursue a degree in agribusiness because I am passionate about contributing to rural communities that revolve around agriculture, such as my hometown. I hope to eventually pursue an opportunity in a rural community in Kansas after I graduate.

A song you play on repeat?
Can’t Get Away from a Good Time – Logan Mize. He’s my favorite artist, and this song is an upbeat, feel-good song for any occasion.