The Costa Campaign
From the classroom to Senator Schumer's office
Some politicians have the unfortunate reputation of being untrustworthy. Need proof? Just look at the congressional approval rating which is at 14 percent, an all-time low, if there ever was one. But, Syracuse University junior and aspiring public servant Artie Costa ’16 may be just the man to break that negative trend.
Costa’s smile, which is ever-present, puts anyone at ease and is a testament to his authenticity. With Costa’s unpretentious personality and hard work ethic, it comes as no surprise that he landed an internship working in U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s office.
Costa, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, is majoring in international relations and political science. He’s also minoring in Spanish.
Although he worked hard to get it, Costa says his Syracuse University education helped prepare him for his internship. “I have taken such a variety of classes and learned so many critical life lessons. Being a student in the College has given me the confidence and skillset to go after opportunities, such as internships that may have been intimidating in the past.”
As if an internship with a senior senator wasn’t already impressive, Costa is also an employee for Syracuse University’s admissions office, helping leaders recruit prospective students. He’s also working to create a Syracuse University chapter of the United Nations Association for the United.
Chris Anderson, college relations associate and academic advisor says he is more than impressed by Costa’s ambition. “Artie has really made the most of his time at Syracuse University. He was in my First-Year Forum class and since day one he has been proactive, constantly meeting new people and participating in various groups.”
When Costa graduates, Anderson expects big things from the prized pupil. “If Artie continues on his current path, he will be very successful and will likely be one of those students we ask to come back to campus to speak to our students to inspire and encourage them to actively pursue their dreams.”
Originally from Merrimack, New Hampshire, Costa describes his home life as family-oriented and sports centric. In high school, Costa’s affinity for community was obvious by the multiple leadership roles he held and the community service in which he participated.
At Syracuse, Costa loves how the diverse campus has bred such a close-knit community. “There are so many different types of people from all walks of life. The diversity combined with the variety of student organization allows me to try new things, meet new people, and create connections that I hope will last a lifetime.”
Costa says his mantra is, “Always look towards the next step.” So, what’s next for Costa?
“I might do something with international relations or I might do something with political science. I would love to work with Senator Schumer after graduation, but law school is also an option.”
Costa’s advice for students is to keep pushing forward. “Relaxation is necessary,” Costa stresses. ”But always make time for meeting people. You’ll never know who you will meet. They might connect you to your dream.”
An intern today, Costa might just be a senator someday; and he certainly will have our vote.