Intern Spotlight: Evan Laverdure
Intern Spotlight: Evan Laverdure
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 currently studies political science and international affairs with a focus on the Middle East. After he completes his degree in December, he is looking forward to staying in D.C. to continue his career in political communications.
1. Who/what has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?
I took a political science class on a whim during the 2016 presidential elections, and my professor encouraged me to get involved with a campaign. I took her advice and decided to intern with Hillary For America’s communications team. I’ve always followed politics as a hobby, but this was the first time it intersected with my career. The experience encouraged me to major in political science and really made me interested in the field of communications. I loved working every day for a candidate and a platform I believed in, and it taught me the importance of putting my heart into everything I do.
2. What do you look for in an internship experience, and how has this shaped your career goals?
I look for internships that will challenge me and provide me with hands-on experience. I work best when I’m busy, so I tend to gravitate towards fast-paced environments. I really value work experiences that involve a lot of collaboration and teamwork so that I get the chance to learn from as many people as possible.
3. What are your long-term career goals?
I would love to continue to work in communications so that I can use my voice and my abilities to make a difference. It would be great to get involved with another political campaign, but I’ll be happy wherever I end up as long as I get to work for a candidate or cause I believe in.
4. What has surprised you so far about your journey towards your career goals?
I never imagined I would be living in DC! When I began my academic and professional journey in New York, I wanted to major in English and creative writing. The past two years since I moved here have been a big adjustment for me, but I’ve loved every step along the way.
5. Can you expand on your interest in public relations?
This is a first for me. Prior to this internship, I worked in communications in a variety of settings, from campaigns to newspapers to advocacy organizations, but I had never worked in a public relations environment. My experience here has helped me sharpen my writing and become a more effective communicator, and I’m excited to continue to use and develop these skills in the future.
6. What comes easiest to you as an intern at CLS Strategies?
Research and writing projects come the easiest to me as an intern. I like diving into complex questions, finding answers, and organizing them in a way that benefits the rest of the team and our clients.
7. What has been your biggest challenge as an intern at CLS Strategies? How do you address that?
Being able to switch from one account to the next at a moment’s notice took some adjusting, since each one is unique. Things can get especially hectic when I have three or four meetings in one day, all for different teams. Keeping organized by staying on top of emails and tracking team projects has really helped me manage the diverse workload.
8. What is your favorite thing about living in Washington, D.C.?
It’s so surreal to live in a city with so much history. From the museums to the monuments to the memorials, I love that every place has a story to tell.
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?
- I love to travel. My favorite vacation has been my trip to Australia, where I got to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.
- Music is a huge part of my life, and I’ve played the piano for 15 years.
- I’m a big animal lover and the proud dog dad of three amazing labradoodles.