CLS Strategies Intern Spotlight: Victoria Frost

CLS Strategies Intern Spotlight: Victoria Frost

Victoria is a rising senior at Davidson College studying political science and economics. While she is a proud New Yorker, she has also lived in a couple cities since beginning college, including London and Washington, D.C. She is currently working on her senior thesis focusing on a topic within political economy.

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

My international political economy professor, Dr. Crandall, greatly impacted my interest in political economy. She presented the material in an engaging way with case studies and op-eds that shed light on everyday applications of the material we learned. Thanks to her inspiration, I hope to eventually work for the Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund, or the Federal Trade Commission one day.

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

I seek out opportunities where I am academically challenged. This summer, my government relations work has allowed me to apply my politics and economics backgrounds to understanding the theory behind matters such as tax reform.

What are your long-term career goals?

I hope to become a lawyer down the line and either work for a regulatory agency or another government body related to trade and regulation. At the moment, I’m interested in international trade law and intellectual property law.

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

The journey towards a career goal is not as cut and dry as any other life stage I’ve followed before, such as applying to college. I know I want to work before going to law school; however, thinking through the number of directions I could take during that time period is daunting.

Can you expand on your interest in public relations?

I originally looked to public relations because I love reading the news and appreciate an opportunity to improve my writing skills. Last summer, I worked at a small, boutique PR firm and focused on public health clients. This summer I’ve engaged more with litigation accounts and government relations work.

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

Receiving feedback – I’ve so appreciated the work I’ve been assigned that faces clients daily, and because of it, I have become more comfortable asking for and receiving feedback. I have learned so much from co-workers and am grateful for their mentorship offering both encouraging and constructive feedback.

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

Some days I just want to focus on one account and take a deep dive. Other days, I want to bounce from one account to the other. I would say the biggest challenge is finding the happy medium where I can balance investing in my accounts well. I have addressed this by monitoring my time on each project and switching around when priorities are met.

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

One thing I find interesting about Washington is that people are very motivated and are generally here for a reason: typically working in policy, government, non-profits, NGOs or academia. I love being able to meet people who are interested in following politics and hearing about their reasons to be in the city.

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. My favorite band is The Head and the Heart, and I’ve seen them about seven times.
  2. I don’t hold grudges, except when playing Catan.
  3. During my time in London, I lived in the same building where Coldplay first met.


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