Cerrell offers exciting internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in public policy, public affairs and public relations. From research and meeting monitoring to coalition building and event planning, an intern’s responsibilities are always new and exciting. Our past interns have gone on to do amazing things, such as working at the LA Chamber of Commerce, Deloitte, Warner Brothers, Metro, and as staff for various elected officials. There are also many interns who have returned to Cerrell as full-time employee. In order to give you an inside look at our intern program, our 2019 Spring intern class takes you on a journey of what a day in the life of a Cerrell intern is like.
We say hello to Anna at the front desk before putting our stuff down in the Intern Room. Then, it’s caffeine time! We head to the first-floor kitchen and see that Steve, the Chief Financial Officer, brought bagels – score! All three of us load up on bagels and big cups of coffee to start the day.
First things first, emails. We scroll through our inboxes as CNN plays on the TV in the background. Hal, Cerrell’s long-time CEO, has a couple projects for us and tasks Nikki with monitoring the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors meeting to look out for an item related to a potential new client. Last week when Madeline was monitoring, Brad Pitt and Diane Keaton delivered public comments on an item related to LACMA – It’s LA, you never know who you’re going to see!
Trevor, the firm’s new President, drops by the Intern Room to see what we are up to today. He tells us all about his weekend trip to Sacramento. He hands us the business cards he got while he was there for us to input into our contact system. We split them up evenly and let him know we will put them in by the end of the day.
The Board of Supervisors meeting ends in a timely manner (thank goodness) so the interns all head out for lunch together for sandwiches at Larchmont Wine & Cheese – the best lunch spot on the block, in our opinion. We enjoy the sunshine and celeb spotting while we eat our sandos. Since we’re right near the Paramount and CBS studios, there are lots of entertainment industry people in Larchmont which makes for great people watching.
Back to work! Nikki works on the write up from this morning’s meeting while Madeline and Julian summarize RFPs for Hal. RFP’s (Requests for Proposals) are sent out by current and potential clients who want services. Since Cerrell is always on the lookout for new opportunities, a big part of our job as interns is to research and summarize RFPs before sending them along to the team to determine if they are something we would want to work on.
Noam and Kathryn, our intern coordinators, stop by the Intern Room to let us know that someone needs to head to LA City Hall to monitor a Cannabis Commission meeting. With the recent legislation, the city is ironing out some of the regulations so there is a lot to keep up on with cannabis industry news. Madeline volunteers to go, since Nikki already monitored a meeting and Julian wants to spend some time on a new business pitch for some new development in West Hollywood.
Nikki finishes up the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors meeting report. Since she has some time, she decides to knock out social media posts for the week. She pores over the latest LA Times articles to see what is new, interesting and relevant to Cerrell clients. Shameless plug, follow Cerrell on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news updates!
Madeline is back from City Hall and sits down to write up a summary of the Commission meeting. Nikki and Julian turn on a Spotify playlist, which always makes the intern room more fun, as they input contacts into the Cerrell database.
It’s snack time! One of perks of working at Cerrell is the great snack collection. From La Croix’s, to fresh fruit to sweet treats, the options are endless. We take a short break to head to the kitchen to grab an afternoon snack. Or two. Or three.
Another day down! Phew! The interns head out of the office and down the street for dinner to unwind before heading to class.
Madeline Hill has been interning at Cerrell since August 2018 will be graduating from Occidental College in May 2019 with a degree in Urban and Environmental Policy. She is passionate about cooking, road trips, and solving the homeless crisis in Los Angeles.
Nikki Fleuriet has been an intern at Cerrell since October 2018. Having recently graduated from UCLA with degrees in political science and French, she plans on moving to Washington, D.C. in order to pursue a master’s degree in international relations.
Julian Wolff is a student at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy pursuing a B.S. in Public Policy and a Master’s in Public Administration. He began his internship with Cerrell in January 2019 and is most known in the office for his green thumb.