CLS News
July 8, 2019

CLS Strategies, a mid-sized Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm, is currently seeking interns for fall 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 after Labor Day and end in mid-December. 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 “Fall 2019 Intern Application.” Please be sure to include your name in the file names.


CLS News
July 8, 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 after Labor Day and end in mid-December. 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 “Fall 2019 Digital Intern Application.” Please be sure to include your name in the file names.


CLS News
July 8, 2019

CLS Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs and strategic communications firm is looking to hire an energetic, hardworking and organized individual for an opening as an entry-level Associate. Prior internship/work experience in public relations, public affairs or politics is preferred, though not required.

The right candidate will have a passion for communications and public affairs, the ability to masterfully juggle a broad range of tasks and excellent attention to detail. The Associate will need to conduct extensive research with thoughtful analysis, write persuasive materials, pitch the media and assist with online advertising, monitoring and analytics. The successful candidate will also be expected to think strategically and grasp complex issues across multiple clients. Along with account work, the Associate will also be expected to provide some administrative support.  

For more than two decades, in virtually every policy making and communications arena, CLS Strategies has represented high-profile public and private companies, non-profits, governmental organizations, trade associations and foreign governments and political campaigns.

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 and cover letter. For more information, visit www.clsstrategies.com.

CLS Strategies. We don’t just raise the issue. We raise the game.

 


CLS News
June 28, 2019



Andrea was born and raised in Miami, Florida, constantly surrounded by loads of sun, Spanglish and Peruvian food. She’s a University of Florida alumna (go gators!) with a bachelor’s degree in political science and public relations. Now, Andrea is a rising second year graduate student in the international affairs program at George Washington University. Having previously interned abroad in London, she will now further her cross-cultural experiences by studying abroad in Paris this fall, where she’ll hopefully learn French.
 

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

Interning at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) shaped my career ambitions. I learned that working for an organization that allows for growth while teaching you about important issues, such as the refugee crises happening around the world, is something I really value. Moreover, working at UNHCR is why I decided to go to graduate school and concentrate on international law and organizations, since I felt that I had so much more to learn before entering the field. This experience also honed by interests in refugee and child protection issues, which I aim to dive more into with my future academic and professional experiences.
 

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

I look for a supportive work environment that invests in both teaching its interns and allowing them to practice the skills they are most interested in improving. Thus far, my recent internships at Legal Services Corporation, Republica and the University of Florida’s University Relations Office have allowed me to grow in the communications field. Each let me really develop different skill sets in the field and showed me where my strengths and interests lie.
 

3. What are your long-term career goals?

My ultimate career goal is to work for an NGO or UN-related agency that concentrates on refugees, women or child protection issues in either a communications or external relations capacity.
 

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

The biggest reality check has probably been learning about the amount of bureaucracy there is when it comes to the job market, along with the critical need for a strong network. I always knew the job market in D.C. was competitive but the more time I spend in D.C., the more I realize how important it is to build connections and invest in developing that skillset.
 

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

I originally was not the biggest fan of public relations throughout my studies, despite choosing it as one of my majors. However, during my junior year, I was able to put my education to practice through a strategies course I had to take. At the end of the course, we had to create as a final group project a campaign for an organization, which including conducting research on its competitors, analyzing our target audience, and so on. We chose the International Rescue Committee and were able to learn more about refuge crises and how the organization itself worked. I was able to further develop my particular interest in the subject and found out how much I enjoyed the research and strategy side of public relations.
 

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

Research tasks come easiest to me because I genuinely enjoy it and as a graduate student, research is a huge part of my life. Focusing on the most relevant, dependable information with an end goal in mind is key for any project, and I’ve found always keeping that in mind is helpful. This is especially true for accounts that deal with sensitive and/or political information.
 

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

Keeping up with all my accounts’ internal communications and relevant news has been the most challenging part of my internship so far. I’ll admit I am still working on that, but as time passes, I’ve noticed that I’m adjusting to the common vocabulary used during meetings along with keeping up with all the internal/external communications.
 

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

To be honest, the fact that our local news is national news still blows my mind about D.C. I love the fact that most people here care as much about international issues and domestic politics as I do.
 

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 dual citizen (U.S. & Peru)
  2. I collect shot glasses from every city I’ve been to
  3. I’m a huge nerd when it comes to Marvel and tv shows

CLS News
June 21, 2019

Alex was born in Moscow, Russia, but has called Maryland home since he was about 13 months old. A rising junior at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Alex is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication with minors in international studies and history. He attended high school just outside Washington, D.C., which exposed him to a variety of different cultures and sparked his early interest in foreign affairs and public relations. Alex is also a fan of everything sports related, and he also happens to be a bit of a history buff.
 

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

My Introduction to International Studies professor was the first person to really expose me to foreign affairs and everything that field has to offer. I was originally interested in Business Administration, but after constantly participating in class, my professor encouraged me to take a public affairs or communication course. Once I was introduced to what the communication major had to offer at my school, I immediately switched majors and I have been pursuing public relations and consulting ever since.
 

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

This internship is my first real exposure to the professional world. Not knowing exactly what to expect, I knew I wanted to find an internship that would introduce me to the public relations world, and I really wanted to find an internship in a big city. Most importantly, I was looking for an internship that would not only challenge me, but also educate me in a field that I’m increasingly learning more about in the classroom.
 

3. What are your long-term career goals?

I would love to work in operations consulting on an international scale. I have always been interested in foreign affairs, so being able to help resolve issues for clients around the world would be a great way to be exposed to diverse cultures while helping solve complex problems.
 

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

While taking different courses last semester, I realized how many other fields are intertwined with public relations and consulting. For example, many of my communication courses have contained aspects of marketing, international relations and politics. I was amazed to learn just how many different pieces are part of public relations and consulting as a whole.
 

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

Going into my freshman year of college, I knew very little about public relations. One of my friends told me to watch the show House of Lies, and while it doesn’t quite go into how much work is entailed in consulting, the show did give some insight into what consulting might be like. My interest in this show combined with my professor’s encouragement got me to really dive into the communication major and give it a real go. Since then, my knowledge and interest in the field has only continued to grow.
 

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

My ability to effectively listen in on conversations in meetings has proven to be very helpful. I have found that the meetings here offer extremely valuable insight and have increased my knowledge about each case I work on in the office. I have also developed stronger, more effective research techniques that have allowed to improve my ability to contribute to my teams as much as I possibly can.
 

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

My biggest challenge has been catching up with all the news and materials related to each case. All the associates on each case has had the time to really learn about each client’s needs, and I have spent a significant portion of my time researching each case to learn as much as I can.
 

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

I grew up right outside the city, and I always love coming home in the summer and being able to spend time exploring new parts that I never got to see when I was younger. Another thing I enjoy about being back in the area is being exposed to all the different people and cultures the city has to offer. Getting the chance to meet and learn about other people is a great way to build relationships with people from all over.
 

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 am a founding member of my fraternity’s chapter at my school.

2. My favorite hobby is cooking, and my best dish is Steak Diane.

3. I’m loyal to most Washington sports teams, but I am also an avid Vegas Golden Knights hockey fan.