Tatiyana Lewis is a sophomore Legal Communications major at Howard University. At Howard, Tatiyana serves as a Resident Assistant to freshman girls and an Undergraduate Student Assembly Office Intern responsible for creating all-inclusive programs for the student body. Additionally, she served on the Residence Life Royal Court at Howard as the 2018-2019 Miss Bethune Annex under her platform, FLY. Tatiyana also attended Duke University‘s Prelaw Fellowship in summer 2018, strengthening her interest in law. Tatiyana plans to attend law school upon her graduation in 2021, though she remains open to new challenges and experiences and is excited for all that D.C. offers.
1. Who/what has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?
I’ve had some pretty influential professors and mentors over the years. However, my pre-law mentor, who I met at Duke, has taught me so many skills and given me the resources I need to gain experience during my time as an undergraduate to gain admission to law school. She has such a wonderful soul, and being around her always lifts my spirits whenever I’m down.
2. What do you look for in an internship experience, and how has this shaped your career goals?
I look for an internship that forces me out of my comfort zone and allows me to gain skills and experiences I would not have learned elsewhere. I enjoy challenges that shape my perspective, so it is always imperative that I find internships that allow me to be a part of meaningful projects. This internship has broadened my interests in certain subjects, which has made me consider career options that I hadn’t thought of before.
3. What are your long-term career goals?
I aspire to attend a prestigious law school upon graduation. Ultimately, I want to become a federal prosecutor and fight for social change and laws that plague people of color, such as mass incarceration and poverty. I want to ensure that everyone has a voice and feels protected.
4. What has surprised you so far about your journey towards your career goals?
I have been so fortunate to have great mentors and opportunities that have allowed me to gain practical experience. I didn’t think that so many people would be so willing to help me, but I am so grateful all of them.
5. Can you expand on your interest in public relations?
I have always been interested in what public relations work entails, but I never had the opportunity to explore it until now. Through this internship, I have learned and enjoyed my work so much that I plan to find more opportunities within this field.
6. What comes easiest to you as an intern at CLS Strategies?
My ability to multi-task has proven to be extremely important during this internship. Often, there is a lot of research and monitoring projects to be done all at once, but I have been able to properly balance each of my client teams’ needs. This skill has made me feel more confident when approaching tasks.
7. What has been your biggest challenge as an intern at CLS Strategies? How do you address that?
Because this is my very first public relations internship, I struggled with grasping exactly what I should be looking for and what is meaningful to note. However, everyone is so friendly and willing to help, so I was never lost for long. This has helped me effectively communicate to the teams what I am struggling with so that I can get the help that I need.
8. What is your favorite thing about living in Washington, D.C.?
I appreciate the numerous career opportunities within the area. There’s always so much to do, which gives me the chance to explore the city and people more than I would in a smaller city.
9. 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?
- I have performed in over 20 plays, two commercials and one movie.
- I served as a Campus Queen, Miss Bethune Annex on Residence Life Royal Court, my freshman year at Howard.
- I am studying abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico this summer.