CLS News
November 16, 2020

CLS Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm, is currently seeking interns for its Spring 2021 class.

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 early January to mid-May, with at least a portion remote. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are applying for a full time (40 hours/week) or part-time (25 hours/week) internship, as well as your expected location for the duration of the internship.

Interested applicants should e-mail a PDF copy of their resume and cover letter to internships@CLSstrategies.com with the subject header “Spring 2021 Intern Application.” Please be sure to include your name in the file names. 

 

 

 


CLS News
April 27, 2020



CLS welcomed Alejandra back this spring for a second leg of her intership! was born in Puerto Rico and lived there until last year, when she moved to DC to pursue her master’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Nuclear Policy and Security Studies. Prior to that, she received her bachelor’s degree at the Universidad de Puerto Rico recinto de Río Piedras. She majored in Political Science with an emphasis in Foreign Relations and a minor in Foreign Languages. Alejandra interned with CLS this past season and decided to continue her internship here as she finished up her studies this spring. 


1. What have you been up to in between your first and second internships here?

Working on my Capstone project, rock climbing and vacationing!

2. Why did you decide to come back to CLS?

It is an amazing opportunity for growth and experience. Here is where I discovered a love for PR, and I decided that one semester just wasn’t enough for me to acquire all the skills I wanted to keep working on. 

3. How does it feel returning to CLS? 

It feels amazing to be back with the people I got to know so well last semester - and get back to work! 

4. How would you say your experience this year compared to last year?

It’s been quite different. Due to the situation surrounding COVID-19, the entire office has gone remote and I am working from home in Puerto Rico. Staying in touch and working from home has been a completely separate set of challenges than being in the office directly. 

5. As a seasoned veteran of CLS’ internship program, what advice would you give to any of next season’s incoming interns?

Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help. You might be an intern, but all of your ideas are welcome, valid and encouraged. 

6. What is your favorite memory of your time at CLS (from any session)?  

My favorite memory overall has to be the company outing to Top Golf. It was super fun!

 

 

 

CLS News
April 13, 2020

Evan Laverdure is one of CLS’ returning interns this semester, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him back! Evan was born and raised just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. After spending three semesters at Fordham University in New York, he transferred to George Washington University, where he studied political science and international affairs with a focus on the Middle East. He graduated in December and has decided to stay in DC to pursue a career in communications.
 

1. What have you been up to in between your first and second internships here?

I graduated from college! But I clearly missed being a student, because as soon as I graduated, I enrolled in a weekly Spanish class so I can pursue my goal of learning another language.
 

2. Why did you decide to come back to CLS?

I loved the work I did with CLS over the summer. I learned so much working in a fast-paced environment and really appreciated the welcoming culture created here by every member of the team. Because we take such an individualized approach with our clients, the work on each account is different, so there’s something new to be learned from each one. When I was thinking about my next steps after graduation, I decided that I wanted more experience in the world of communications and public relations. I knew that CLS would help me develop a diverse set of skills that will help me as I start my career.
 

3. How does it feel returning to CLS? 

It’s great to be back! It was nice coming in knowing what to expect and being able to jump right in. I’m on several of the same accounts as I was over the summer, so I was already familiar with the work I was doing from the beginning and could draw on my past experience right out the gate. It’s also great to see so many familiar faces. Everyone at CLS is so good at what they do, and I learn so much from the people I work with.
 

4. How would you say your experience this year compared to last year?

I certainly didn’t expect to be working remotely when I came back in January! Remote work has definitely been an adjustment, especially since the outbreak of COVID-19 developed so quickly. It can be a little difficult to coordinate with members of my teams when we’re not in the same space, but, on the bright side, I’m more familiar with Zoom and dialing into conference calls than I ever was during the summer.
 

5. As a seasoned veteran of CLS’ internship program, what advice would you give to any of next season’s incoming interns?

You’ll notice right away that CLS has a lot of different accounts. When you’re selecting which ones you want to be on, try picking a variety! Each account offers a unique learning experience, so be open to trying new things.
 

6. Do you have a favorite memory of your time at CLS (from any session)?  

CLS has such a strong sense of community. From happy hours (in-person and virtual) to lunch and learns, they really work hard to make us feel like a team. One of my favorite memories has to be when we all watched the 2019 Women’s World Cup finals together over the summer.

 


CLS News
February 28, 2020

Candace is a senior at the George Washington University with a dual concentration in Marketing and Business Analytics. She is originally from Hamilton, New Jersey. Last summer, she studied abroad at the London School of Economics. She enjoys living in the city of DC but hopes to one day live abroad, perhaps in London again someday.
 

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

I have had many impactful experiences and professors that have influenced my academic and professional interests over the years. One professor expanded my interest in data analytics named Professor Ashely, who manages Marketing Research through focus groups, interviews, data collection and analysis. In her class, I worked on one of my favorite projects in college in her class, which involved creating a start-up business in the Foggy Bottom area.
 

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

I look for internships that will provide hands-on experience and where I can collaborate and learn from the company and people around me. I enjoy being challenged to gain new skills.
 

  1. What are your long-term career goals?

I love to work in marketing and communications, but I’m not exactly sure where that will lead me just yet. However, I do know that I would like to work overseas one day.
 

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

Throughout my classes and previous internships, I realized that research and data analysis are used constantly to understand the market, which lead me to declare my dual concentration in Business Analytics.
 

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

I have not dealt much with public relations previously, but I have used my knowledge of communications to aid in my work here. I believe that strategic communications developed from PR, and it is critical in determining how to best build or protect a company’s image.
 

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

I find that diving into research for each client has come easiest to me as I learn more about each account and the trends around them. 
 

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

Balancing out and remembering what is needed for each of the five accounts I am working with has been a challenge. The best way to address the diverse needs of each account has been to write down everything I need to remember to keep myself on track.
 

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

My favorite thing about living in D.C. is that everything is pretty much within walking distance or a short metro ride away. Who needs cars and parallel parking anyway?
 

  1. 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 been a dancer for 14 years and was in a music video
  2. I am a huge Disney nerd
  3. I am Japanese and Mexican

 


CLS News
February 14, 2020

Khadija Butt is a senior at American University double majoring in Political Science and Spanish Studies. She grew up in South Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2016. Before joining CLS, she was a Digital Communications Fellow at BluShark Digital, where she focused on developing SEO and Google PPC skills. She was also a Legal Studies Fellow for the American University Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, where she helped draft expert declarations for the immigration process.

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

a.       Throughout my academic and professional experiences, I’ve had plenty of mentors who have helped shape my interests. I’ve loved almost every single professor I’ve had during my academic career at American, but I’ll list just a few here. Susan Glover, Núria Vilanova, Amelia Tseng and Chip Gerfen have shaped my academic interests in international relations, international communications and linguistics, and I’ve taken classes with all multiple times. I can’t thank them enough for the impact they’ve left on me. Professionally, my parents have always pushed me to be the best version of myself I can be, and I’m grateful to have been surrounded by so many amazing mentors at past internships and jobs who have taught me everything I know now.  

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

I believe the most valuable part of an internship is the transferable skills you gain to take to future positions and experiences. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work at a firm where I can learn something new every day, and I try to make the most of it as much as possible.

3.       What are your long-term career goals?

I still have no idea what I want my long-term career goals are, but right now, I would like to work in international relations, hopefully in international development or communications focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean.

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

What has surprised me the most is how much my goals have changed since I started university in 2016. I thought I wanted to go to law school straight afterwards, but as I completed different internships, I realized law wasn’t my only passion. The biggest thing I’ve taken away from my professional experiences is that your career will not be a linear path, and for me, it was best to look at opportunities to gain experience in many different fields.

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

I haven’t been interested in public relations until recently, but it really fascinates me how media can shape public opinion and I found myself wanting to learn more about the field. Public relations play such a significant role in day-to-day life and it’s exhilarating that every single day is different. The possibilities under the umbrella of public relations feels infinite, and it’s something I would like to pursue in the future.

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

Being flexible throughout the day is something that has come easy to me. Each account is unique in its needs, so being able to switch gears quickly while prioritizing tasks and keeping an open mind is essential.

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

So far, my biggest challenge as an intern would have to be working on so many different accounts at once and learning how to balance the tasks that come with them. Staying organized, understanding how to prioritize and communicating with the teams have been important skills to learn and execute.

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

My favorite thing about living in Washington, D.C. is that there is constantly something new to do. I love to check out new restaurants and galleries at museums!

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 half Dutch Caribbean and half Pakistani. People always ask how my parents met and I just say Miami.

2.       I speak English, Papiamentu and Spanish. I love learning new languages, and I’m currently learning Portuguese and Urdu.

3.       I love Haribo candy and my absolute favorite is Twin Snakes.