The Summer is always a busy time for us, here at Stevens & Wilkinson. As the school year comes to a close, we look forward to welcoming the firm’s talented new group of Summer Interns. Ranging in disciplines from architecture, engineering, interior design, marketing, and accounting, our interns are extremely bright and ready for a Summer full of great fun, immense learning and creative collaboration.

While we are known for culturally significant works, what makes life at Stevens & Wilkinson so great are our people. We revel in the opportunity to come to work each day and learn from a diverse group of individuals from all walks of design.

Our environment is fun and collaborative. And our people are extremely hard-working. It is what makes working here so great! By pulling back the lens and showcasing our people, we hope that you will get to see why our clients enjoy working with us and why our people enjoy coming to work each day.

First up in our new ‘Summer Intern Series,’ we sat down with Alexis, marketing administrative intern, and Kiara Willis, accounting intern, both interning in our Atlanta office, to sit down for a quick informal ‘Get to Know You Session.’

Meet Alexis Daenecke, Administrative Assistant, Marketing

Q: Describe yourself in three words.

AD: Precise. Driven. Vibrant.

Q: Why did you choose your university?

AD: The University of Georgia is not just an incredible educational institution; it is where I have met the most wonderful people and have grown [into] the hardworking professional I am today. My undergraduate career may be over, but I will carry the memories and lessons this university has given me for decades to come. I encourage everyone to find a home away from home in their college, just like I did.

Q: Why did you choose your major?

AD: I chose to pursue a degree in Marketing because of my love for business, the corporate world, and because of the outstanding reputation of the [University’s] Terry College of Business. The pillars of marketing are essential to every career, whether you are communicating the value of your product, your company, or yourself, and I find that my major has instilled the confidence I have within me today.

Q: What is your dream job?

AD: As I look forward to attending the University of Georgia School of Law this upcoming fall, I hope to one day find a career within the corporate law realm, specifically relating to contracts or intellectual property.

Q: Current favorite book?

AD: Wild by Cheryl Strayed. A must-read.

Q: Current Netflix binge?

AD: Where do I even begin? Although not on Netflix, I love watching Bob’s Burgers and am currently binge-watching The Sopranos and The Handmaid’s Tale [on Hulu].

Q: Coolest place you have been?

AD: Although Puerto Rico and Costa Rica are tied for second place, I fell in love with Dublin, Ireland and New York City. I love travelling and experiencing other cultures and highly recommend visiting these places.

Q: Why would you recommend interning and why did you decide to intern at Stevens & Wilkinson?

AD: I absolutely love the people I work with. I will always remember my first day and being greeted by everyone with big smiles and such friendly faces. Further, I have learned so much through this company. I look to every one of them for advice and mentorship and will always be thankful for the opportunity to work alongside these amazing men and women.

Q: Summer break theme song?

AD: “This Is America” by Childish Gambino and “FRIENDS” by Marshmello.

Q: Favorite downtown Atlanta lunch spot?

AD: Anywhere with good sushi or tacos.

Meet Kiara Willis, Accounting Intern

Q: Where do you currently go to school?

KW: I currently attend Kennesaw State University.

Q: What are you listening to on your iPod?

KW: My favorite album right now is Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy.’

Q: What is your favorite show to watch on Netflix?

KW: My favorite show is A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Q: Who is your role model?

KW: My role model is my mentor, Dr. Joya Hicks.

Q: Why did you choose Stevens & Wilkinson for an internship this summer?

KW: I wanted to be exposed to the office culture, I get to interact with a lot of different departments, and it’s really creative and fun here.

Q: When you think of the word ‘create,’ what does that mean to you?

KW: When I think of the word ‘create’ I think of a lot of things. But, to me, I think it means when you are able to turn your thoughts into an actual product.

About Stevens & Wilkinson: Founded in 1919, Stevens & Wilkinson is a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm committed to providing clients with “Smart Design Solutions.” The firm’s combined design capabilities lead to projects executed with creative, innovative and holistic design solutions. Learn more: www.stevens-wilkinson.com.