CLS News
December 18, 2019

CLS Strategies, a mid-sized Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm, is currently seeking interns for spring 2020.

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 January and end in mid-May. 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 “Spring 2020 Intern Application.” Please be sure to include your name in the file names.


CLS News
December 18, 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 January and end in mid-May. 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, cover letter and portfolio (or link to online portfolio) to internships@CLSstrategies.com with the subject header “Spring 2020 Digital Intern Application.” Please be sure to include your name in the file names.


CLS News
November 13, 2019

CLS Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs and strategic communications firm, is currently seeking applicants for a Managing Associate position.

CLS Strategies serves a range of clients – including Fortune 100 corporations, trade associations, foreign governments, international organizations and non-profits. Some are in the midst of regulatory and legislative challenges, or high-stakes litigation. Others are facing government investigations, reputational, or competitive threats. Most of our clients choose CLS because they have a terrific story to tell and wish to affect change, yet need help finding their voice, raising the saliency of their message, and engaging and persuading target audiences. All are looking for creative solutions at the intersection of politics, public policy and communications. That’s where the team at CLS Strategies comes in, and where we thrive. 

Responsibilities of Managing Associate include:

  • Contributing to strategic planning and account execution for clients
  • Assisting in the day-to-day management and client reporting for multiple account teams
  • Managing specific projects and work streams for multiple account teams
  • Drafting op-eds, talking points, memos, social media content and other communications materials
  • Pitching stories, establish / cultivate media relationships, organize press events and other media relations activities
  • Supporting firm leadership in business development, including writing proposals and participating in pitches

Qualifications: Ideal candidates are driven self-starters with the ability to grasp complex subject matter quickly and work well within teams. Candidates must possess strong writing and research skills, experience in media relations, and ability to formulate creative communications strategies and messages. Four to seven years of experience in journalism, political campaigns, on Capitol Hill, a PR agency, or association is the kind of background that helps an application stand out. 

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

If you thrive on the challenge of finding solutions to complex challenges and want to join our team, please apply by clicking the button below, and don't forget to attach your resume. 


CLS News
November 13, 2019

CLS Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based mid-sized strategic communications firm is currently seeking applicants for Managing Director.

CLS Strategies serves a range of clients focusing on public affairs, crisis and legal issues, and international matters. Our clients include Fortune 100 corporations, trade associations, foreign governments, international organizations and non-profits. Some are in the midst of regulatory and legislative challenges, or high-stakes litigation. Others are facing government investigations or reputational threats. Many of the firm’s clients come from the financial services, healthcare, and technology sectors. All are looking for creative solutions at the intersection of politics, public policy and communications.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage activity workflow for multiple client teams – we place a high bar on high quality work product delivered on time
  • Assist the agency leader (partner) or Senior Vice President in driving client account teams and in meeting the client objectives 
  • Support the firm’s business development, specifically through assisting with assigned opportunities
  • Manage and participate in client work, ranging from media relations, alliance development, coalition and campaign management, digital strategy, and content development.

Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 8 years of experience in public affairs, political, corporate or crisis communications, are driven, self-starters with the ability to grasp complex subject matter quickly. Candidates must possess prior experience in managing communications at another agency, company, association, on Capitol Hill, or something similar. This experience should include a range of managing campaigns and team member deliverables, media relations, op-ed writing and placement, digital and social media strategy, budgeting, and more.

If you thrive on the challenge of finding solutions to complex challenges and want to join our team, please send your resume to careers@clsstrategies.com with “Managing Director” in the subject line. 


CLS News
September 20, 2019



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?

  1. 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.
  2. I love yoga; I’ve been doing it for more than 2 years now.
  3. I’m a Star Wars fan, but I strongly dislike the new movies.