CLS Strategies Intern Spotlight: Valentina Alvarez

CLS Strategies Intern Spotlight: Valentina Alvarez

Valentina is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the United States when she was 7 years old. She lived in Orlando, Florida, up until her recent relocation to D.C. Valentina graduated from the University of Florida in May of 2018, where she was involved with the Venezuelan Student Association and Gators March for Babies, an organization that raises research funding for premature babies. She was also a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon.

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

I’d attribute my interest in public relations to the 2016 political cycle. It was the first presidential election I could vote in, so I was trying to keep up and the communications aspect fascinated me. Stories were breaking constantly and seeing how every candidate was responding and adjusting was thrilling. It was the first time I really knew what I wanted to do.

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

This is the first internship I’ve had that directly correlates with what I want to do career wise, so I’m looking to learn as much as possible! There are so many different branches of public relations and I wanted to get a robust and well-rounded experience by working in a few of them. Throughout this internship I’ve been able to do as well as hone in on the skills I need to improve for work in the disciplines I’m not as knowledgeable about.

What are your long-term career goals?

I would like to learn and get more real-life experience before I truly decide what I want to do long-term. Although I know it’ll be related to public relations, I have yet to decide what I’ll focus on.

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

I previously mentioned the variety of the sub-disciplines, and that’s been my biggest surprise so far. Everyone needs PR, so the opportunities are truly endless.

Can you expand on your interest in public relations?

I’m interested in how powerful a message is when it’s properly told. In today’s fast paced word, information disseminates faster than we can keep up, so it’s important to have a solid strategy to achieve favorable results.

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

I’ve religiously used to-do list for as long as I can remember and have continued to do so here, so staying organized and prioritizing work has been my strength so far. You’re working on so many different things at once that it can be hard not to get overwhelmed, so seeing my list shrink slowly but surely throughout the day keeps me going.

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

Since I didn’t have a background in PR, trying to keep up has been a little challenging at times. I’m learning as I’m working, which can be intimidating. Thankfully everyone at CLS is extremely helpful, even when I have a million questions.

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

Walking around D.C. is like walking around a massive outdoor museum, there’s so much history in this town that you run into it everywhere! I’m still getting used to seeing the Washington monument on my commute to the office. I also like that D.C. has the energy of a big city without being overwhelming.

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 have been watching Friends since I was born and can probably recite every episode line by line.

2. I have family all over the world, which is very helpful considering how much I love to travel! I’ve been to 16 states and 14 countries, and plan to keep adding to the list.

3. I absolutely love golden retrievers.  

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