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MLSC Internship Challenge: Life Science Internship (various)

IMPORTANT:  You MUST apply using the link provided below. Handshake applications are not accepted and will not be reviewed.


Program Overview

The Internship Challenge is a state-sponsored workforce development program that facilitates and funds paid internship opportunities focuses on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. The program connects employers with prospective interns through an online platform and reimburses eligible companies for intern stipends.

Internships can be part or full time and can take place throughout the 12-month program year, which runs from May 1 through April 30 of the following year.  MLSC will reimburse eligible companies for pay rates of up to $20 per hour for a total reimbursement of no more than $9,600 per intern at the conclusion of the internship.

Intern Eligibility

1. Must meet at least one of the following:

  • Massachusetts resident (able to provide proof of residency)
  • Attend(ed) an accredited college or university located in Massachusetts (able to provide enrollment verification)
  • Attend(ed) an Minority Serving Institution (UMASS Lowell/ UMASS Boston) or HBCU

2. Must meet one of the following:

  • 2-year/Community College/Certificate students must be enrolled in an Associate’s Degree or Certificate program or have completed one within the past calendar year. Continuing Education students are also eligible.
  • 4-year college or university students must have or will complete(d) at least their freshman year the semester before the internship starts, or have graduated within the past calendar year.
  • Graduate students must be enrolled in a Master’s Degree program or received their Master’s Degree within the past calendar year. Ph.D. and M.D. students are not eligible.

Application Instructions for Intern Applicants

Application Portal (New User Registration)

Students already registered can log in here to access the application

FAQs for Interns

Program Handout


The Massachusetts life Sciences Center (MLSC) has partnered with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) on the Ernest E. Just Life Sciences Initiative , which will create internship opportunities in the Boston-area for students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through the MLSC’s Internship Challenge. The internships will take place during the summer of 2022 but companies will begin selecting their interns as early as fall 2021. Beyond a paid internship opportunity, the program will match each student with a professional mentor and ensure students receive guidance, training, and a welcoming community of peers and leaders. Above all, students will gain valuable experience and a network of professionals to pave a path for a fulfilling career in the life sciences.

If you have further questions regarding the application process, please email: