Student Spotlight – Frank Legere and Homeland Security

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

Frank Legere, a senior criminology major at Framingham State University, recently completed an opportunity of a lifetime! With the help of Framingham State Career Services and Employer Relations, Legere was able to land an internship in a place he had only dreamed of: The United States Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.

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How did Legere become interested in criminology?

             “Well, my uncle was a cop, and you can’t forget all those hours of watching CSI and NCIS”, Legere states in the university’s newspaper, The Gatepost. So, Legere did the best thing he could have done for his career and applied to The Washington Center, then subsequently to the division of Homeland Security which was created after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

What does a typical day look like?

            Without giving too many secrets away, Legere would start his day around 5:15 a.m., board the train to D.C., and arrive at Homeland Security for his 7:30-4:30 shift. He would be checked in by security officials before entering the building, and then would begin his daily work: mainly dealing with “cybersecurity” and current affairs in order to keep the country safe from threats. The rest is “hush-hush” and under lock and key.

How did Career Services and Employer Relations help?

            “Dawn Ross and the entire CSER office were crucial in getting me to, and preparing me for, my time in Washington, D.C. From the day I first expressed interest in The Washington Center to the day I returned to Massachusetts, Dawn and her staff were in touch with me making sure everything was smooth-sailing. Whether it was critiquing my resume or giving advice on life in the nation’s capital, the CSER office helped to facilitate a life-changing experience this fall. My thanks go out to the entire office.” – Frank Legere

            Frank Legere is currently working with Dawn Ross, Director of Career Services and Employer Relations and Jill Gardosik, Internship Coordinator, “to promote The Washington Center opportunities to current students by providing first-hand knowledge of his experience”. Framingham State University Career Services and Employer Relations encourage all interested students to apply to the program and to contact them with any questions, whatsoever.



              Jill Gardosik:

                Dawn Ross:


Written By: Emily Moore 



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