CLS Strategies Intern Spotlight: Hope Cummins

CLS Strategies Intern Spotlight: Hope Cummins

Hope Cummins is a rising junior at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, double majoring in Leadership Studies and Business Administration with a concentration in Economics.  She is a proud Chicagoan by birth, but does admit to loving the mild Richmond winters.  This fall semester, Hope will be studying abroad in Hungary at Corvinus University of Budapest.

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

I took microeconomics the first semester of my freshman year, expecting to hate the course.  But, my professor, Dr. Maia Linask, was a phenomenal instructor and made the topic engaging and interesting to me.  I was challenged, and therefore when I finally grasped the subject matter, it felt like a huge success.  Dr. Linask also instilled in me a lot of confidence in my abilities, and encouraged me to continue studying economics. 

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

I think it is incredibly important to be given responsibility as an intern, because that will ultimately demonstrate whether or not the field is one I am interested in.  Having responsibility can be a challenge, and if that challenge is enjoyable, that will prove to me that I want to pursue a similar career.

What are your long-term career goals?

My long-term career goal is to achieve a high-up leadership position at the firm where I work.  In order to get there, I will have to achieve a series of smaller goals along the way, but it is hard to say what those are at this point.  It is also a goal of mine to always make sure my career brings me happiness.

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

I am always surprised by how networking and random connections can make all the difference in the world when searching for career opportunities.  Networking is something that I am constantly told is important, and I have found that to be true in my personal journey.

Can you expand on your interest in public relations?

To many companies, image is everything.  And sometimes, companies themselves cannot strategize well enough to preserve their image.  I am interested in the strategy and problem-solving aspect of public relations, which often serves to save companies’ reputations.

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

Time management has always been a skill of mine, and has been incredibly important during my internship.  It is nice to have already developed that skill, because I have never been worried about completing a project on time.

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

On the flip side of my skill in time management, I sometimes tend to rush through my work.  As an intern, I always want to showcase my best work, and therefore I have had to monitor myself and ensure that I proof what I’m working on before sending it out.  It’s nice to know that someone will always look over my work as a second pair of eyes, as well.

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

My favorite thing about living in D.C. is that there is always something to do.  There’s no shortage of parks, museums, restaurants and random summertime events to go to, and my friends and I tried to take advantage of that while living here!

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. I teach indoor cycling classes at the fitness center at school.
  2. My favorite food is pizza – Chicago deep dish is the best in the world.
  3. I am in both a social sorority and a business fraternity on campus.


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