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Mak Kern
Working with people from around the world is an experience you don’t get growing up in a town of 850 people. The perspective that fellow students and professors gave me was a huge eye-opening experience which ultimately spurred me to pursue a career in a global agriculture role.

Profile: Mak Kern

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Research Analyst

Mak is currently a research analyst at the Americas headquarters for Rabobank International in New York City.

“A typical day in my office in Midtown Manhattan office begins responding to emails and reading market commentary,” Kern said. “I look into what data is being released for the U.S. dairy industry, then coordinate with my boss about upcoming presentations and/or client meetings. The rest of my time is typically spent modeling supply, demand, and pricing on a global scale by receiving data and market insight from the other dairy analysts in India, China, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, and California.”

Originally from Kansas, Illinois, Kern says, “Working with people from around the world is an experience you don’t get growing up in a town of 850 people. The perspective that fellow students and professors gave me was a huge eye-opening experience which ultimately spurred me to pursue a career in a global agriculture role.”

Kern said he has noticed a strong recognition of the link between U of I and agriculture in the financial and multinational food corporations.

“There was also an emphasis on applied agricultural, due to the fact that my professors spend a lot of time outside of academia, consulting with ag companies or doing work in the extension space,” he said. 

While at the U of I, Kern participated in both ACE Club and Finance Club. He said football game days and tailgating are still some of his fondest memories.

“My advice to current U of I students is to make sure you try to get some experience in the industry through internships,” Kern said. “In addition to gaining on-the-job knowledge, internships honed my communication skills and gave me an appreciation of the material I learned in class,” he said.