Lucia Sweeney, a Student Employee for the Cooper Center, is earning her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Richmond, where she is a Bonner Scholar. She has previously interned in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth and at Habitat of Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Right before college, she went to NYC to see Hamilton on Broadway and she is “dying to see it again.”
At the Cooper Center, Lucia will be working with Virginia 2021 on redistricting projects and on some Sorensen and BeHeardCVA projects.
Where are you from?
What brought you to the Cooper Center?
I've always been interested in politics and in staying engaged in my community. Once I discovered the Cooper Center's internship program, I knew it would be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Charlottesville politics, as well as fulfill my policy-based internship requirement for the Bonner Scholar Program.
What is something you are passionate about?
I seek to empower more young people to get involved in their communities and in politics, as well as to be open minded and learn from a variety of sources. I also enjoy volunteering in my community. For example, I recently volunteered with an after school program for middle schoolers who are learning English as a second language.
Where is the next place you would like to travel?
What is your most unusual talent?
I'm really good at word puzzle games, like anagrams!
Who is your hero or inspiration?
My mom. She runs her own business and works so hard everyday.
What is one food you could eat for the rest of your life?
What is your favorite memory at the Cooper Center?
Working with the people at Sorensen. I have already learned so much from Director Tom Walls about Virginia politics.
What does public service mean to you?
Being aware that being public service affects everyone around you and keeping in mind what everyone else wants. Public servants must use their voices to help those who do not have the opportunity to raise theirs.