Photos and Testimonials from Internship Challenge Participants

  • “If it were not for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, I would not be able to say that as a college junior I was fortunate enough to work with PhD chemists to synthesize cancer-fighting molecules. The incredible company which I was able to work with through the help of MLSC, CreaGen Biosciences, gave me more experience in the industry of medicinal chemistry than I could have asked for and for much higher pay than I could have asked for. This organization is so important in bringing to light the relevance of careers in chemistry, biology, and other sciences starting early with engaging internships that provide valuable exposure to the field.”

    Rachael Duffy, Framingham State University

  • “Through the Internship Challenge, I had the honor of interning at X-Chem, Inc. where I was working in the field that was of most interest to me. I learned a lot about different things ranging from simple organic chemistry to the process of drug discovery and the business side of it. I had lots of conversations with people from different departments which allowed me to learn new things about working in the industry and built my professional communication skills. I am grateful to everyone at X-Chem, and most importantly to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for allowing students to apply to many companies through one simple application and for funding the internships.”

    Catherine S., Framingham State University

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    “The MLSC has given me the opportunity to intern with SeqLL, a biotechnology company that focuses its research on single molecule sequencing, specifically looking to detect changes in RNA and DNA. As a chemistry major at Holy Cross, this internship has provided me with an amazing chance to use my science background to explore the industry and fully experience all the facets of a biotech company. I am exposed to and take part in the SeqLL team’s research that allows the company to grow, and I am also able to see first-hand how a business works to overcome challenges. Even as an intern, I am fully immersed in many different aspects of  the business and the industry as a whole, and I am extremely grateful to MLSC for facilitating this incredible learning experience.”

    -Maureen Connolly, Intern


    “My internship at SeqLL has granted me the opportunity to establish proper lab technique as well as savvy business skills. Interning at SeqLL has opened my eyes to the wide array of careers available in the biotech field. Working alongside biologists and engineers in the lab enabled me to enhance my analytical and critical thinking skills. When I was not in the lab, I was able to work with marketing and management. They graciously brought me along to trade shows and scientific conventions which was instrumental in strengthening my business skills. I am thankful for the Internship Challenge as well as SeqLL for awarding me this experience.”

    -Maeve McQuade, Intern

  • IOMICS Corporation

    “At IOMICS, we greatly appreciate the programs sponsored by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The Internship Challenge in particular is an invaluable resource that allows early stage initiatives like ours to hire and train talented students. During their internships, students have gained experience in multiple advanced topics ranging from scientific software engineering to cheminformatics to in silico toxicology. Equally important, because interns work directly with our senior team, they are exposed to some of the most important and challenging problems within the industry today. We look forward to continuing our relationship with MLSC and the essential contribution they provide to the emerging field of artificial intelligence applied to the life sciences.”

    – J. Gormley, CTO, IOMICS Corporation

  • Akrivis Technologies

    “MLSC is a great platform for budding researchers looking for opportunities to excel the Life Sciences industry. After graduating from Northeastern University, I joined Akrivis Technologies in May 2013 as a Lab Tech Intern via the MLSC Internship Program. In December 2013, I was offered a full-time position as Research Associate I at Akrivis, where I remain to this day, now a Research Associate II.”

    – Shailendra SANE, M.Sc.

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