CLS Strategies Intern Spotlight: George Mixon

CLS Strategies Intern Spotlight: George Mixon

George Mixon was born in Houston, Texas but grew up in San Antonio. He attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated in December 2016. George will be attending law school in the fall in Washington D.C., San Francisco, New York or Denver. 

Who/what has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?

My constitutional law professor Donald Jackson. He was a clerk at the Supreme Court, then went on to fight attempts by interest groups to blur the line between church and state in Texas and around the country. He sparked my interest in attending law school. 

What do you look for in an internship experience, and how has this shaped your career goals?

I look for opportunities to learn and interact with the employees, as opposed to completing busy work with a limited scope. 

What are your long-term career goals? 

After I graduate law school in 2020, I plan to move to Washington, D.C., if I am not already studying here. I’d like to work on Capitol Hill for a few years. 

What has surprised you so far about your journey towards your career goals? 

I was not expecting to move to Washington, D.C. until the fall, but the opportunity CLS presented me, and the ability to add this to my resume for applications, makes me a stronger candidate for future endeavors. 

Can you expand on your interest in public relations? 

I am interested in the way politicians and companies interact in the public sphere. The carefully crafted (or not) messages that are strategically put into the news are an interesting phenomenon I enjoy exploring. 

What comes easiest to you as an intern at CLS Strategies? 

The tracking of media and narrative by politicians and companies is something I think I do very well. The entire staff at CLS is extremely helpful so everything comes easy with their guidance. 

What has been your biggest challenge as an intern at CLS Strategies? How do you address that?

My biggest challenge has been learning on the job. I did not study communications or journalism so having to pick up terminology and processes on the fly has presented some challenges, although the CLS team has been extremely helpful in this aspect as well. 

What is your favorite thing about living in Washington, D.C.? 

Washington, D.C. has an extremely vibrant food and night life culture. It recently passed New York City as a top food destination in the country and I have enjoyed taking advantage of the phenomenal restaurants the city has to offer. 

On our website we ask all of our staff to share three things about themselves. What are three things about yourself that we might not know?

1.    Senior year of high school, Charlotte Burney and I were voted “most likely to go off campus for lunch.”
2.    I accepted my job offer to CLS at the baggage claim of Ronald Reagan Airport.
3.    My dog has had more birthday parties than me.

 

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