High School Apprenticeship Challenge

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s High School Apprenticeship Challenge is an innovative program that facilitates and funds paid internship opportunities for high school students. Eligible students can also enroll in an after-school laboratory training program that will prepare them for the many exciting summer internships that will be offered by research institutions and life sciences companies throughout Massachusetts.

The path to economic opportunity in life sciences is not well defined for youth who find multiple barriers to entry. The life sciences ecosystem has grown significantly in Massachusetts, which is home to world-renowned academic and research institutions, 16 of the top 20 global biopharmaceutical companies, and the top 10 MedTech companies. We need a deliberate, coordinated, and outcomes-driven approach to ensure that our high school students are prepared for career success in this vibrant industry.



Summer Internship Program

The High School Summer Internship Program is designed to create new internship opportunities by subsidizing intern stipends for small businesses and academic researchers to enable them to hire paid interns.

How the Program Works

  • Students submit an online application (link below), which includes their resume and cover letter, through the MLSC’s password-protected website. There is no application deadline, but internships will take place between June and August.
  • Host institutions seeking interns first register online (link below). Once approved, they are given access to a secure database to review applications and reach out directly to candidates. Interns are hired and paid by the employer.
  • The MLSC reimburses eligible host institutions for intern wages (including payroll taxes and fees) of up to $12 per hour, for a total reimbursement of up to $2,880 per intern (based on six weeks of full time work).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Interns must be Massachusetts high school students that are at least 16 years old and currently in their sophomore, junior, or senior year. Recent graduates (not enrolled in college) that received their high school diploma within the past two calendar years are also eligible.
  • Host institutions must be life sciences companies, incubators, or research institutions located in Massachusetts. Companies must have 100 or fewer employees in MA (up to 250 worldwide) to be eligible for the internship subsidy. Larger companies are also encouraged to participate, but cannot be reimbursed for intern stipends. Host institutions are expected to provide a hands-on learning experience and at least one mentor that directly oversees the internship.

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Lab Training Program

Students interested in laboratory research may apply for an after-school training program administered by the BioBuilder Educational Foundation. The program is designed to better prepare students for lab-based internships and will focus on both technical knowledge and professional skills. This year, the program will be offered in two locations: Worcester, at Worcester Technical High School, and again in Cambridge at the MIT Department of Biological Engineering.

How the Program Works

  • Students submit an online application (link below), which includes questions intended to evaluate math and English-language skills. Applications are due on March 3, 2017.
  • BioBuilder will review applications and select program participants. Beginning on March 23, 2017 for eight weeks, students will attend training sessions twice a week after school and every Saturday morning.
  • Massachusetts Life Sciences Center will award students who successfully complete the training a $500 stipend.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be:

  • Massachusetts public high school students that are at least 16 years old AND currently in their sophomore, junior, or senior year.
  • Underrepresented minority OR economically disadvantaged students (qualifying for free lunch).

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