Intern Spotlight Sequel: Evan Laverdure

CLS News
April 13, 2020

Intern Spotlight Sequel: Evan Laverdure

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.


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