Intern Spotlight: Kiana Butler

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March 29, 2019

Intern Spotlight: Kiana Butler


Kiana is a current junior at American University majoring in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) and minoring in Justice and Law. She is from Orange County, California and loves warm weather and the beach, and she is a firm believer that the West Coast is the best coast. Last semester, Kiana interned on Capitol Hill for a congressman, where she enjoyed learning about the U.S. political system.

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

Definitely my freshman year political science professor. Her expansive knowledge surrounding policy influenced my desire to learn more about public affairs. Studying a variety of disciplines, including communications and government, has also peaked my curiosity in the intersection between public affairs and strategic communications.

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

As an intern, I hope to gain hands-on experience where I can be challenged and expected to be a team player. I also aim to strengthen my ability to communicate, write, and think critically. I think that while learning about different industries through various internships is important, it is the skills that are gained from these experiences that matter the most.

3. What are your long-term career goals?

As I continue to learn new things every day, I like to keep my future career options open. Having said that, I plan to continue down a career path in the realm of public affairs and strategic communications.

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

My major in various disciplines has taught me that it is common for career paths to cross – a revelation I found not only beneficial, but unexpected.

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

I did not know much about public relations up until my time with CLS. However, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the various strategies used to promote and protect a company’s brand.

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

Being able to stay on top of my daily tasks such as media monitoring has been the easiest for me. At my previous internship, I was also responsible for doing media sweeps and daily clips, so I quickly got used to that. I also enjoy doing clips because I get to learn about the client.

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

My biggest challenge as an intern at CLS has definitely been knowing which projects to prioritize. While working on a handful of client accounts can be exciting, it can become hectic unexpectedly. It shows how important it is to be able to multitask and ask for help when needed.

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

I love D.C. because there is so much to do and get involved with. I love exploring the city and dining with friends, especially brunch. I’ve also been to a good amount of concerts in D.C. and get excited when one of my favorite bands or artists comes to town.

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 bit of a music nerd and could talk about artists and genres for hours
  2. I am a twin
  3. I am Filipino, Lebanese, and Irish
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