CLS News
March 19, 2019


Jonathan is a master’s student of political communication at GWU’s School of Media and Public Affairs. Originally from Kent, England, he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Edinburgh. Previously, he worked in a press office on a Senate committee and for a closely-watched house race in Virginia in the run up to the 2018 midterm elections.

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

Probably my thesis advisor in my senior year of undergrad. They got me from being broadly interested in political science to someone specifically interested in political communication. From there, my studies sent me to a different continent to study the discipline and dive headfirst into public affairs and strategic communication as a career path.

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

Something that will develop me as an independent thinker. So much of the beginning of your career involves being directed or instructed by others, so it can be hard to transition to a place where you’re establishing yourself and your own skills. So ultimately, my internships have been about putting me on the best footing to become that person.

3. What are your long-term career goals?

At the moment, I’m favoring working in the private sector and getting a really deep understanding of how successful campaigns are run and communications hurdles are overcome. I then at some point down the line hope to bring that knowledge into the political sphere and help candidates and causes I care about get into office.

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

The importance of asking people for things. For opportunities to arise, you have to put yourself out there. Asking for advice, a recommendation or offering your skills to contribute can go a long way to building your resume and network.

5. Can you expand on your interest in public relations?

My interest has really stemmed from my obsession with political campaigns. I’ve always been fascinated with narratives and framing and was more interested in how candidates and movements were selling themselves as opposed to the actual content of what they were selling. That’s evolved into my broader interest in how the business of managing perception operates.

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

I enjoy writing, so drafting blog posts, op-eds or social media content is hardly a chore.

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

Multitasking. Dealing with multiple accounts at the same time means you have to quickly transition from one task to the other and change your mindset from, say, a tech account to one that is a foreign political campaign. The best way of dealing with it is fairly obvious – don’t rely on your memory, write everything down and just schedule. 

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

How manageable its size is. I’m used to London, which is so sprawling that travelling from one neighborhood to the next is a serious undertaking. I love running into a person you know by chance, which never happens back home.

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?

1. I was once inches away from a leopard in the wild, with no barrier between us.

2. I’m about to become an Irish citizen – I’m using my Irish ancestry to get a EU passport following Brexit.

3. I once had to call and speak to Ariana Grande’s mother and ask her to donate to the campaign I was working on.

 


CLS News
March 8, 2019

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?

  1. I have performed in over 20 plays, two commercials and one movie.
  2. I served as a Campus Queen, Miss Bethune Annex on Residence Life Royal Court, my freshman year at Howard.
  3. I am studying abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico this summer.

CLS News
March 7, 2019

CLS Strategies, a mid-sized Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm, is currently seeking interns for summer 2019.

CLS Strategies serves a range of clients – including Fortune 100 corporations, high-profile individuals, foreign governments, international organizations, trade associations and non-profits. Some need to protect their reputations from intense threats. Others are trying to shape new laws. All are looking for creative, outside-the-box solutions that bring together politics, public policy and media/communications.

Interns are an integral part of CLS Strategies. They monitor the media for breaking news and relevant commentary, research public policy issues, attend briefings on the Hill and at local think tanks, plan and execute events, provide administrative support and assist with strategic thinking for a broad range of domestic and international clients. The small size of our firm allows interns to work closely with senior staff members and provides opportunities for substantive work.

Candidates must be able to juggle a range of tasks and work well under pressure. Previous office environment experience and a major in communications, public relations, journalism or political science is preferred, but not required. Foreign language proficiency, especially in Spanish, and social media expertise are pluses.

This is a paid internship to begin in late May and end in mid-August. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are applying for a full time (5 days/week) or part-time (3 days/week) internship.

Interested applicants should e-mail a PDF copy of their resume and cover letter to internships@CLSstrategies.com with the subject header “Summer 2019 Intern Application.” Please be sure to include your name in the file names.


CLS News
March 7, 2019

Do you hope to one day design a website for a presidential campaign, influence national audiences with compelling online visuals, or produce video content viewed by millions? If so, then you should apply to join the CLS team. You would assist in the production of creative solutions at the intersection of politics, public policy and communications.

We’re looking for creative, self-motivated individuals to participate in our paid internship program. This is an opportunity to be a crucial part of our team in this hands-on position by:

  • Designing ads, website properties, social media graphics and more
  • Creating issue campaign branding
  • Working on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Creating quality deliverables in a high pressure, fast-paced work environment
  • Communicating and collaborating with a team

This internship is an excellent opportunity for a student with a hybrid interest in political affairs and creative services, with an emphasis on graphic design. You might be a good fit if you’re:

  • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Extremely detail-oriented and well-organized
  • Familiar with current design trends
  • Can provide a portfolio of recent design samples
  • Video editing and HTML/CSS experience is preferred but not required

If you are eager to learn, enjoy coming up with creative solutions to challenges, and want to get real-world design experience with political and non-profit clients, you may be the right candidate!

This is a paid internship to begin in late May and end in mid-August. Start and end dates are negotiable. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are applying for a full time (5 days/week) or part-time (3 days/week) internship.

Do you hope to one day design a website for a presidential campaign, influence national audiences with compelling online visuals, or produce video content viewed by millions? If so, then you should apply to join the CLS team. You would assist in the production of creative solutions at the intersection of politics, public policy and communications.

Interested applicants should e-mail a PDF copy of their resume, cover letter and portfolio (or link to online portfolio) to internships@CLSstrategies.com with the subject header “Summer 2019 Digital Intern Application.” Please be sure to include your name in the file names.


CLS News
March 4, 2019

CLS Strategies is seeking a managing associate in our digital department to plan and oversee online initiatives with the goal of shifting public opinion, building coalitions, and influencing legislative policy. The position requires a comprehensive understanding of the digital ecosystem, which includes online advertising, social media campaigns, audience identification and targeting. Applicants should have experience clearly communicating to clients the strategy, management and performance of online campaigns, and how these efforts fit within the client’s overall communications strategy. This job is located in Washington, D.C.

The successful applicant will be asked to:

  • Develop, execute, and analyze digital strategies on behalf of clients. Also, provide strategic counsel on what will work best, and for which audiences.
  •  Manage in-house digital advertising (Display, Facebook, Twitter, AdWords, etc), and work with vendors for select large-scale campaigns.
  • Research and define digital audience targeting tactics that will help move the needle on client issues.
  • Serve as the point-person on design and web production projects, managing vendors and designers, meeting deadlines, and at times producing content using Adobe Creative Suite products.
  • Analyze and report on campaign performance from display, SEM, and social media promotion platforms, and convey results in a meaningful and clear manner to clients.
  • Lead occasional digital fluency efforts within the firm, specifically when it comes to new technology that can benefit clients.

We’re looking for creative, self-motivated digital professionals for who have:

  • At least 5 years of experience working with digital teams on political or issue-advocacy campaigns, or on behalf of trade associations or corporations within an agency setting.
  • Experience creating and managing online advertising campaigns, including an understanding of display and social media advertising capabilities and limitations.
  • An eye for design and experience developing digital creative content that connects with audiences. Proficiency in the Adobe products is a must.
  • Experience with digital analytics and reporting tools.

If you are interested in joining an agency so that you can have a chance to work across multiple issues and different types of clients, we’re interested in meeting you!

CLS Strategies offers a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Employer-subsidized medical/dental insurance
  • Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Optional Life and AD&D Benefits
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Paid holidays
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Gym membership
  • And much more

To apply, click the button below. Don't forget to include your resume and cover letter.