Lucas Public Affairs Interns Host Event for Sacramento Young Professionals


LPA summer interns Emily Truax, Oscar Duenas, and Kate Kempton


On August 5, in the California room of the California Chamber of Commerce’s offices, overlooking the state capitol, ambitious young professionals from the Capitol community eagerly gathered to hear career advice from a panel of four Sacramento professionals. The event, “Career Pathways,” was hosted and organized by the Lucas Public Affairs summer interns: Emily Truax, Kate Kempton, and Oscar Dueñas. The panel consisted of Sacramento professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including: Laura Braden, the Senior Director of Communication for the Sacramento Kings; Kaizar Campwala, the President and Co-Founder of CALmatters, a new non-profit, journalism venture; Laura Parra, a legislative Advocate for DiMare, Brown, Hicks, and Kessler; and Rob Stutzman, the President of Stutzman Public Affairs.

The panel shared career stories and advice, ranging from their greatest achievements to difficult struggles they faced throughout various jobs. They provided the interns insight on how to advance a career, and emphasized the importance and value of internships during college and after graduation.


LPA interns and panelists, (From L-R): Oscar Duenas, Kate Kempton, Laura Braden, Laura Parra, Kaizar Campwala, Emily Truax, and Rob Stutzman


The Lucas Public Affairs interns worked diligently for weeks in order to pull the event together. “Career Pathways” served as a learning experience for the interns in event planning – from brainstorming and formulating a strategy to coordinating and executing the program. The interns coordinated catering details, designed program booklets and name tags, and conducted a post-event survey to ensure future event sustainability.

Patience and organization were crucial as the interns faced challenges throughout the process. With assistance and guidance from the LPA team, the interns successfully accomplished the goal of putting together an event that connected Sacramento interns and, hopefully, increases their opportunities to network in the Capitol community. After the event, LPA invited the more than 40 interns to meet and mingle with each other and LPA staff in the firm’s new office on the 10th floor of the Esquire Tower.


Panelists and interns gather at the California Chamber of Commerce’s offices


The LPA Internship Program gives current college students and recent graduates the opportunity to engage with the fields of the public relations and strategic communications, and an insight into Sacramento politics and public policy.