Parker Carey grew up in Massachusetts where he was exposed to politics at a very young age when a neighbor ran for office. Days spent walking through the neighborhood with his parents knocking on doors on behalf of their neighbor sparked his initial interest in politics.
When it came time to go to college, Carey knew he wanted to attend school in the SEC and landed at LSU. During his sophomore year, Carey learned about the Manship School and its political communication concentration, which he decided to pursue.
“I was considering going to law school, and I knew that having a background in communications would help me in my career if I decided at some point that I didn’t want to go to law school,” Carey said. “I’ve developed a lot of skills at the Manship School that have helped me succeed in my internships, like writing. Professor Roxanne Dill drilled AP Style into me and the ability to write well, which helped set me apart from other candidates and helped me land my internship last summer in Washington, D.C.”
Carey spent his summer in Washington DC working at FTI Consulting, a firm that specializes in media and public affairs. He spent time working alongside the team on issue management, coding and writing which built on the skills he’d learned at the Manship School and had previously honed working for Rep. Garret Graves.
“I found my internship with Garret Graves my sophomore year in the Manship School’s internship database and that position helped me secure my current position working for Eddie Rispone.”
As an intern working on businessman Rispone’s gubernatorial campaign, Carey works on the phone bank, write postcards, helps to identify volunteers, assists the digital media team and sometimes photographs Rispone at events.
“It’s a great experience working for a gubernatorial campaign,” Carey said. “I was able to be backstage at the first debate that the Manship School hosted – and that was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had, being behind the scenes and watching people prepare for the debate.”
Carey is confident that the skills he’s built and network he’s grown thanks to the help of the Manship School will help launch his career after graduation. He’s already fielding interview requests from national political organizations that he might work for when he graduates in December.
“These courses will teach you everything you need to be successful and give you the background and skills,” Carey said. “I’ll always be grateful for the connections I made through the Manship School.