A native of Charlottesville, Lucia Sweeney is a Student Employee for the Cooper Center. She is currently earning her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Richmond, where she is a Bonner Scholar.
Lucia has always been interested in politics and in staying engaged in her community. She has previously interned in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, as well as at Habitat of Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.
Once she discovered the Cooper Center's internship program, she knew it would be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Charlottesville politics and to fulfill her policy-based internship requirement for the Bonner Scholar Program.
As a Cooper Center intern, Lucia works with Virginia 2021 on redistricting projects and on some Sorensen and BeHeardCVA projects.
Outside of work, she seeks 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. She also enjoys volunteering in her community, recently volunteering with an after school program for middle schoolers who are learning English as a second language.
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.