Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Internship Challenge

Enhancing Career Exploration | Expanding Talent Pipeline

Investing in the next generation of life science professionals is at the core of how we fulfill our mission at the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). ;xNLx;The Internship Challenge is the MLSC’s longest running workforce program, and it embodies our belief in the power of experiential learning to cultivate a workforce pipeline.;xNLx;The MLSC annually provides over 500 paid internship experiences for Massachusetts college students that enhance the talent pipeline for small to medium Massachusetts life sciences companies. 20 percent of interns immediately matriculate to full or part-time employment with their company at the end of their internship.Since its inception in 2009, the Internship Challenge has produced more than 4,000 internships at nearly 800 companies throughout Massachusetts. It has grown to be the single largest state STEM intern program in the US, and serves as a nationwide model.;xNLx;We believe now, 10 years on, is the perfect moment to pause and reflect, celebrate, and recognize the people, places, and partnerships that have enabled students from across the Commonwealth to begin successful careers in the life sciences industry.;xNLx;The Internship Challenge is only as successful as the community it serves. We thank you for your support and we look forward to celebrating the program in the days and months to come.

2008-06-16 00:00:00

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Initiative

Governor Deval Patrick signs legislation establishing a 10-year, $1 billion investment in life sciences managed by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC).

2008-09-01 00:00:00

Growing Talent: Meeting the Evolving Needs of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Industry

The UMass Donahue Institute and MLSC publishes “Growing Talent: Meeting the Evolving Needs of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Industry,” which reports the research, findings and recommendations of the Life Sciences Talent Initiative, a comprehensive one-year study of talent needs in the Massachusetts life sciences industry and the capacity of the state’s higher education institutions and workforce training organizations to respond. The report recommends the need for increased life sciences internship opportunities for college students

2009-01-01 00:00:00

Internship Challenge Launches

MLSC launches the pilot round of the Internship Challenge with the goal of placing 100 college students in paid summer internships.

2009-05-01 00:00:00

First Cohort of Interns Placed

The first MLSC-sponsored interns begin their internships. A total of 104 interns were selected by 59 organizations.

2009-06-01 00:00:00

Kick Off Event

A kick-off event is held at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA and attended by 70 interns and representatives from host organizations. Following a speaking program and panel discussion, interns participated in a professional workshop facilitated by Year Up, a training program that provides a unique combination of technical and professional skills.

2009-07-27 00:00:00

South Coast Interns Present at UMass Dartmouth

Several interns from the South East region of Massachusetts are joined by their company mentors at UMass Dartmouth’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center for presentations about their internships

2010-05-17 00:00:00

STEM Talent Showcase Event

The MLSC and Citizen Schools co-host the “STEM Talent Showcase” at the Massachusetts State House to kick-off the second year of the Internship Challenge while also celebrating the achievements of middle school apprentices.

2011-05-30 00:00:00

500 Interns Placed

The Internship Challenge becomes a year-round program and places its 500th intern since inception of the program.

2011-06-14 00:00:00

Kicks Off 3rd Round in Worcester

The MLSC kicks-off its third year of the program with an event at Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) in Worcester. Following a speaking program and panel discussion, interns participated in a professional workshop facilitated by Propel Careers, a life sciences search firm dedicated to networking, mentoring and career development.

2011-08-19 00:00:00

Intern Presentations at UMass Dartmouth

Interns from the South East region of Massachusetts are joined by their company mentors at UMass Dartmouth’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center for presentations about their internships and tours of the facility.

2012-08-01 05:06:47

MLSC Receives U.S. Department of Labor Grant

The MLSC is awarded nearly $864,000 as part of a $5 million, 5-year U.S. Department of Labor grant to the City of Boston for the SCILS (Skilled Careers in Life Sciences) Initiative. The award provided matching funds for 324 interns between 2012 and 2017.

2012-08-30 00:00:00

South Coast Intern Networking Event

UMass Dartmouth’s Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center hosts several interns from the South East region of Massachusetts and their company mentors for internship presentations and networking.

2013-06-01 05:06:47

1,000 Interns Placed

The MLSC reaches total placement of 1,000 internships since the program’s inception.

2014-06-13 05:06:47

Celebrating Internship Programs Across the Commonwealth

An event to celebrate the success of Internship Challenge, as well as similar internship programs offered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Mass Technology Collaborative (MassTech) is held in Boston and attended by interns and host company representatives from all three programs. MLSC worked closely with MassCEC and MassTech to help develop programs modeled on the Internship Challenge for their respective industries.

2014-06-23 05:06:47

InternBuzz Networking Event

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce hosts “InternBuzz,” a special networking event for college interns. Panelists, which included an MLSC intern, discussed ways to leverage internships for future job opportunities and how to get the most out of internship experiences. MLSC serves on the Federal Reserve and Chamber’s Internship Collaboration Advisory Board.

2014-10-02 05:06:47

Networking Event at District Hall

The MLSC hosts a networking event for interns at District Hall in Boston. The event included a panel discussion focused on preparing interns for a successful transition into the workforce.

2015-06-01 05:06:47

2,000 Interns Placed

The MLSC reaches total placement of 2,000 internships since the program’s inception.

2016-01-01 20:48:50

Increases Reimbursement Rate

The MLSC increases the reimbursable pay rate cap from $15 per hour to $17 per hour, and increases the maximum reimbursable stipend from $7,200 to $8,160 per intern.

2016-02-02 20:48:50

Launches the High School Apprenticeship Program

The MLSC creates a new internship program for high school students, the High School Apprenticeship Challenge.

2017-02-01 12:44:50

Record High Placements in a Single Year

The program reaches 500 internship placements for the first time in a single Program Year.

2017-09-19 00:00:00

MLSC Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

The MLSC wins the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for the Internship Challenge. The honor was presented at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada.

2017-12-01 10:52:15

Reaches 3,000 Internships

The MLSC reaches total placement of 3,000 internships since the program’s inception.

2018-06-15 00:00:00

Baker-Polito Administration Signs Life Sciences Initiative

Governor Charlie Baker signs An Act providing continued investment in the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth to invest up to $623 million in bond authorization and tax credits over five years in education, research and development, and workforce training programs such as the Internship Challenge.

2019-01-01 00:00:00

Reaches 4,000 Internships

The MLSC reaches total placement of 4,000 internships since the program’s inception.

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