Suffolk University Student Jamie Alosso in Elite FBI Internship Program

12/11/2001

Being pursued by the FBI is a nightmare for most people. For college student Jamie Alosso, however, it was a dream come true.

"I couldn't believe it when I received the call," explained Alosso, a junior who is seeking a double major in accounting and psychology at Suffolk University in Boston. "I was very excited because this is something I've always wanted to do."

This past summer, Alosso, following an extensive six-month process of undergoing various tests and background checks, was accepted into an elite, 16-week internship program offered by the Boston division of the FBI. Her first day on the job was September 10th, one day before an entire nation was shaken by terrorist attacks. It has been a real learning experience for her ever since.

"When I went to work on September 12th, it was unbelievable," said Alosso, 20, who is originally from Windham, New Hampshire, but now lives in Brookline. "It was very hectic, but I got to see how everyone operates in a fast-paced environment. They put me in the Command Post, where people call in and tell you leads on different things. I was just glad to help out in any way I could."

Many of the FBI cases she has been assigned to involve white-collar crime. She has also helped out with the drug squad. "This is a great opportunity for me because you get to move around to different departments," said Alosso, who works between 16 and 20 hours per week. "The people are absolutely amazing. They share a special bond with each other, like a big family unit."

Alosso has been interested in the FBI for a number of years. She says it's in her genes. "I get it from my Dad," said the 1999 graduate of Salem High School in Salem, New Hampshire. "While I was growing up, he worked in the security loss prevention field for different corporations."

Intelligent and determined are two words which accurately describe Jamie Alosso, who is attending Suffolk on an academic scholarship.

"Jamie is an outstanding student who is extremely focused in everything she does," said Lewis Shaw, assistant professor in the accounting department at Suffolk University. "Intellectually, she is very sharp. She is also quite clear in what she wants to do with her life. That's why this internship with the FBI is a perfect fit for her."

Once she graduates from Suffolk, Alosso would like to get her master's degree and then attend law school. Not surprisingly, her future plans also include becoming an FBI agent. "I'm the type of person who likes to be challenged and keep moving," she said. "I can't sit in a little cubicle doing the same thing all day. That's not me."

Attaining her ultimate goal is going to be a tough task. For all the people who apply to become an FBI agent, only four percent actually make it. Nonetheless, don't expect Alosso to feel hopeless. She is a persistent individual who has her priorities in order.

"If I don't become an FBI agent on my first try, then I would just try again," she said. "As long as I do my best, that's all that matters."

For more information, please contact Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448

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