She’s young—a senior in college – but Manship School senior Sarah Tadros holds a position that some people work years or even decades to earn: speechwriter for the Mayor of Baton Rouge.
A political communication student, Tadros jumped at the opportunity after her professor, Bob Mann, recommended her for the position and encouraged her to apply.
Mann has a long history in the field of political communication—he covered politics at two Louisiana newspapers, then spent several decades serving on the campaigns and staffs of numerous Louisiana politicians, including Governor Kathleen Blanco, U.S. Senator John Breaux, U.S. Senator Russell Long, and U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnson. Mann was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in 2015, which explains his vast network of contacts who share opportunities for his students.
“I don’t feel like I would’ve gotten this opportunity if I’d gone to college somewhere other than the Manship School,” Tadros said. “I wouldn’t have had the confidence I needed to apply if my professor hadn’t suggested this job to me.”
Her first day on the job, Tadros wrote a 15-minute speech for Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome. Although she was initially apprehensive about the assignment, Tadros knew the practice would help her prepare for her career. As she continued to craft targeted communications, she could tell her skillset was expanding.
“I was writing speeches for big events, smaller ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and was writing press releases and helping my boss edit content too,” Tadros said. “Because of the experience, I’ve become more assertive and confident in my writing. Now I feel like I’m a much more talented writer.”
Those writing and speechwriting skills will undoubtedly help Tadros in her future career. Tadros plans to attend law school after she graduates from the Manship School in December. Until then you’ll find her plugging away at crafting thoughtful, community-oriented speeches.
“The first day I showed up to work, I had to write a 15-minute speech for the next day
“I was writing speeches for big events, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and was writing press releases and helping my boss to edit content.”
“I needed to hear how she spoke to make sure I wrote the way she said things.”
Her first speech was a 15-minute speech, had a day and a half to write
As only a senior in college, Manship student Sarah Tad had the opportunity to write speeches for the mayor of Baton Rouge.
The political communication student learned about the paid internship through her speechwriting professor, Bob Mann, who has extensive experience in political communication under Governor Kathleen Blanco and US Senator John Breaux. Mann liked the speeches she had written for class and helped her get her foot in the door for the internship position.
Sarah initially wasn’t sure she’d get the position, but a week after writing a 15-minute speech for the mayor as part of her interview, using skills she’d learned in Mann’s class, she received a phone call informing her she had gotten the internship. Writing multiple speeches a week for the mayor, she says, has helped her become more “assertive and confident” in her writing. Additionally, she helped out writing press releases and editing. She plans on attending law school after graduating and believes that the experience and real-world exposure will set her apart from her future law school colleagues.
If not for the Manship School, Sarah isn’t sure that she would have this experience. She was surprised that her professor remembered her and thought to recommend her for the position. But with an average class size of 21 students, professors at Manship are able to be more familiar with their students and help them build professional connections that stay with them throughout their careers.