Meet the Interns: Alexandra Coscia
1. Tell us a little about yourself...
My name is Alexandra Coscia, and I’m a Political Science major at the University of Florida. I’m also pursuing English, Anthropology, and Non-Profit Organizational Leadership minors and obtaining a certificate in political campaigning. I’ve been politically and socially active as long as I can remember, long before I knew I was interested in making a career out of it. Throughout my academic history, I’ve considered almost all types of majors and future career paths without finding one that really felt right. When I finally settled upon Political Science, I knew I had found my niche. With my deep passion for social justice and politics, I now know that personal fulfillment can only come from pursuing a career in which I can work everyday to enact necessary social and political changes.
2. Why are you involved with LGBT activism?
I am involved in LGBT activism truly because I don’t know how to not be involved. Coming from a small close-minded town, I was continually exposed to bigotry and intolerance. I knew from a young age that intolerance was not only wrong, but deeply damaging. The systematic discrimination the LGBT community faces in a country that idealizes freedom is a hypocrisy I feel deeply passionate about combating.
3. Why did you want to intern at Equality Florida?
When I saw Equality Florida was looking for a Public Policy Intern, I knew immediately that I needed to pursue it. Not only is the fight for LGBT equality an issue I feel passionate about, but the Public Policy point of view was a perfect fit for my Political Science perspective and future career plans. I truly believe that it is through changing legislation that immediate and long-term change can be felt at the fullest.
4. What are your plans after you graduate?
After I graduate, I hope to continue my involvement in social and political activism. I plan on becoming involved in issue advocacy via grassroots organizations and lobbying efforts. No matter where my career may take me, I want to be actively involved in enacting social change and I believe it is through political efforts that change can be most effective.
Stay tuned next week for the next blog post in our "Meet The Interns" series!