Intern Spotlight: Kristie Larimer

CLS News
March 22, 2019

Intern Spotlight: Kristie Larimer

Kristie Larimer is a senior at American University majoring in Communication and Media Studies and Law and Society. Most recently, she worked as a Digital Fellow at Mothership Strategies, where she helped manage fundraising for political campaigns and organizations through writing, coding and analyzing the results of email blast testing. Originally from Rhode Island, it’s no surprise Kristie loves the ocean.

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

I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by supportive mentors throughout my professional and academic career. I would say the largest impact on my interests has been my internship in London at a soliciting firm, where I acted as a legal assistant on a high profile criminal case. The experience was extremely rewarding but made me realize that litigation was not what I wanted to do in the future. The experience pushed me to explore other fields, where I discovered my interest in public relations. 

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

In any internship experience, I look to contribute meaningful work to the organization I’m working for. Any role that offers hands-on experience in the industry with people willing to spend a little extra time to teach me has been among my favorite and most valued experiences.

3. What are your long-term career goals?

I plan to continue in the field of public relations and communications and hope to join a company that aligns with my core values. Wherever I am, I aspire to contribute meaningful work and deliver results to clients that make a difference.

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

It’s a bit cliché, but for me, it was understanding that career paths are not a straight line and that's perfectly okay. A year ago, I was planning to head straight to law school after graduation and now I can’t imagine doing that at all. Taking new classes and applying for internships in different fields were essential for me on my path to discover what got me excited about going to work every day and where I could see myself contributing a meaningful voice.

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

Within public relations, I am constantly challenged and learning new things every day. I love that no two days are the same and daily projects constantly evolve. I enjoy thinking creatively and being able to work collaboratively with teams to find solutions and achieve positive results for clients.

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

I think having previous experience in communications such as writing press materials, writing summaries for clients and media monitoring helped prepare me well for this internship. In addition, I think my ability to multitask has proven very useful in tackling different client accounts and projects. 

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

I work on five different client account teams, and I think the biggest challenge has probably been learning to balance them along with evolving daily and long-term projects. Learning how to prioritize tasks and staying organized are definitely key.

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

I think my favorite thing about living in D.C. is being so close to so much history. I feel lucky that I can just metro down to the national monuments and Smithsonian museums. Even after four years of living here, it never gets old.

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 in an acapella group at American University called Treble in Paradise.
  2. I studied and interned abroad in London last year.
  3. I love the outdoors and have hiked almost half of the Appalachian Trail.
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