The New York Times Student Journalism Institute is a two-week program ran through the New York Times and journalism students get the opportunity to work with staff members for two weeks. The programs are ran through the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The flights, meals and board are all paid for by the institute.
Alexandria was accepted to the program in New Orleans in May 2012 after completing her freshman year. She was selected with 24 other students from across the country to stay two weeks at Dillard University. Her class was the tenth year the program had gone to New Orleans.
While in New Orleans, Alexandria covered baseball, swimming and wrote her enterprise story on the growing sport of bow fishing. She worked one-on-one with New York Times Assistant Sports Editor Connor Ennis.