When she’s not in class or studying, Manship School senior Alyssa Panepinto spends her time working on the communications team for East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. The political communication major from Belle Chasse, Louisiana, writes speeches, puts together media alerts for press conferences, takes photos and makes videos, attends events on days she’s in the office, and records the Mayor’s speeches for Facebook live.
“I think this experience helps because I get to use what I’m learning in class,” Panepinto said. “It’s also helpful because I’m getting more practice, so my grades in class are better too.”
Her professor, Bob Mann, connected her with the Mayor’s communications director after Panepinto returned from the Media & Politics in Europe program that Mann leads alongside for Manship School professional-in-residence and LSU Student Media director Bob Ritter.
“Bob [Mann] became my mentor on the Media & Politics in Europe trip, and now my friends and I from the trip go to his office every week during office hours and just chat with him, because he has a lot of advice and wisdom about the field because he’s worked in it so long,” Panepinto said.
Though Panepinto initially chose to attend LSU because of its reputation as a top school, it’s the family atmosphere that reassured her the Manship School was the right place for her.
“Here at the Manship School, it feels more welcoming. You know everyone and you make connections with your professors too. I feel like professors here at the Manship School care about you and how you do after graduation and are always helping you to find jobs and internships. There is a really good support system here at Manship,” Panepinto said. “If you’re at all considering Manship – I’d tell you to just go for it!”