Alejandra was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she lived her entire life before deciding to move to D.C. last year to pursue her master’s degree at George Washington University in Nuclear Policy and Security. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Universidad de Puerto Rico recinto de Rio Piedras, where she student Political Science with an emphasis in Foreign Relations and a minor in Foreign Languages. Alejandra speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.
1. Who/what has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?
As far as academic impact goes, I would say my professor of International Diplomacy, Jose Rivera Gonzalez, my International Theory professor, Mayra Velez, and my professor in Theory, Raul Cotto, are all amazing human beings who have had the most impact on my own interests. They taught me such passion for International Affairs, and I am forever grateful for the education they gave me. Another professor that had a major impact on me was Dr. Kassenova, who works in the nuclear policy field and sparked my interest in nuclear studies.
2. What do you look for in an internship experience, and how has this shaped your career goals?
I always look for growth professionally and personally. Being able to have experiences that add to your growth will give you tools to achieve many things in your job but also in your life.
3. What are your long-term career goals?
I would like to work on the Hill, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), here at CLS or another PR and communications firm.
4. What has surprised you so far about your journey towards your career goals?
Can I say everything? I’ve been surprised about essentially everthing I’ve seen myself capable of doing and learning.
5. Can you expand on your interest in public relations?
To be honest, I never imagined I was going to work in the PR industry. However, I’ve only been here a few days and I already love it. It takes so much research and precision to get everything right. I like working behind the scenes in the background, making sure everything is well played out.
6. What comes easiest to you as an intern at CLS Strategies?
Reading and studying all the materials for the different accounts, as well as doing research.
7. What has been your biggest challenge as an intern at CLS Strategies? How do you address that?
Jumping in and catching up with all the information that has happened on the various accounts. To help with this, I really take my time between meetings and projects to get as up to date as I can, and by asking questions to team members.
8. What is your favorite thing about living in Washington, D.C.?
Living where national laws are made and where all the political action happens.
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’m a professional binge watcher. I love television series and movies and talking about it constantly. Fun fact: I can study while having a series on in the background.
- I love yoga; I’ve been doing it for more than 2 years now.
- I’m a Star Wars fan, but I strongly dislike the new movies.