Intern Spotlight: Eduardo Coyotzi Zarate

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January 31, 2020

Intern Spotlight: Eduardo Coyotzi Zarate


Eduardo was born in Tlaxcala, the smallest state in Mexico, and moved moved to Oxnard, California at the age of 5. He’s the middle child of four, including one older sister and two younger. Eduardo majored in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. During the last quarter of his undergraduate career, he participated in a program, UCDC, that connected University of California student to Washington, D.C. in September. About three weeks before the program ended and Eduardo was set to return to California, he decided to shift gears and stay in D.C. instead, where he started looking for internship opportunities and found CLS

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

My professors, Juan Manuel Pedroza (Sociology) and Russell Rodriguez (Anthropology), have heavily influenced both my academic and professional interests. The areas of research that they focus on are incredibly interesting, and I hope to be a part of both those fields at some point in the future. They are incredible role models, and I am very grateful for all the support they have shown me.

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

Growth is very important to me when it comes to the internships I’ve had. I enjoy learning, being challenged and opportunities to develop new skills is very important to me. I want to make sure that I have an extensive repertoire of skills that I can carry throughout my professional career, wherever I may end up.

  1. What are your long-term career goals?

This is something that I still have not fully figured out yet. I know I want to help people, but I have yet to figure out exactly how want to do this.

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

I think the support I have felt from everyone I work with is the thing that has surprised me the most. I’ve had many conversations that make the professional world seem scary, but luckily, I have met so many people that have made the transition into the professional sector less intimidating than I feared it might be.

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

Before interning at CLS, I had minimal knowledge about the world of public relations. The amount of work that is done in this industry amazes me. I enjoy seeing how everyone comes together to bring forth impeccable work. My interest in this field continues to grow, and I can definitely say that I am mesmerized by public relations.

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

I’m not going to lie – nothing comes to mind. There have been some assignments that have been easier than others, but so far, everything has challenged me. I’ve learned so much here so far. I’m glad that I am being challenged, and I look forward to all the knowledge that I will eventually gain from my time at CLS.

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

Trying to get up to speed with everything going on across different accounts has probably been the hardest part of being an intern. Although it has been challenging, I enjoy it. It keeps my days interesting.

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

I have always lived in very relaxed areas, so the change of pace to a more bustling city is refreshing.

  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 can play the violin and guitarron, which is an acoustic base often used in mariachi.
    2. On most Saturdays, I volunteer to tutor high school and middle school students under the supervision of a local D.C. nonprofit.
    3.  There are YouTube videos of me online from high school when I performed with my school’s mariachi group.
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