Photos and Testimonials from Internship Challenge Participants

  • Unchained Labs

    “During my time at Unchained Labs, I had the opportunity to work closely alongside two post-doctoral colleagues who served as mentors for me as I collected data from the product instrument and devised novel methods of removing background noise from sample readings. I also had the fascinating opportunity to observe up close the acquisition of AVIA Biosystems by Unchained Labs. My internship gave me an excellent view into the exciting challenges and day-to-day life in industry, and allowed me to further develop and apply the skills I have learned in the classroom. I am grateful to Unchained Labs and the MLSC for this opportunity, and also to the UMass iCons Program, which prepared me to hit the ground running in my internship through training at UMass Amherst on real-world problems in multi-disciplinary teams.”

    – John Vetrano, UMass Amherst Class of 2016

  • AdvanDx

    My experience with the Mass Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge was a monumental part of my college career. Summer going into my senior year was the ideal time to get some supplemental experience in my field, outside of the classroom. I was fortunate to get an opportunity working for a diagnostics company doing laboratory operations work. My job duties were versatile enough so that I got experience in a health science setting via microbiology but also in a commercial setting via customer communication. Receiving an internship position through Mass Life Sciences has shaped me this past summer, now during my senior year, and will work with me for the future.
    Thank you, MLSC!

    – Michaela Scutti, James Madison University Class of 2016, Intern at AdvanDx.

  • Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


    Intern Morgan Jordan (center) and her team at Acetylon Pharmaceuticals.

    “We joined the MLSC Internship Challenge program last summer and found two awesome kids, one in biology and one in chemistry, who enriched our company and they told us their experience was wonderful for them in a hands-on way. For example, sitting in a classroom is a lot different than working in a real lab. We will definitely pursue some new interns this next season. We are hearty supporters of this program!”

    – Elaine Larsen, Finance Manager at Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • Cisbio US, Inc.

    “The Internship Challenge has given me a chance to gain valuable experience right out of school and will guide me to the right job someday.”

    – Joshua Condry, Emmanuel College

  • Safety Partners Inc.

    “It is very difficult for young students to find a business strategy role, especially within the biopharma industry. Many students, too, require a paid working opportunity, which is challenging for small companies to offer. The MLSC internship challenge enabled me to take on an ideal role as a Business Strategy intern with Safety Partners Inc, a local life sciences EHS consulting firm and a fantastic company to work for. This position enabled me to utilize and hone my knowledge of strategy and the biopharma industry in an exciting integrated role.”

    – Daniel Brog, Business Strategy Intern

    “Serving the dynamic and competitive life sciences industry in Massachusetts, Safety Partners recognizes the need to constantly scrutinize the market and our competitive position within it. Once again, this year, we chose to participate in MLSC’s internship program, and worked with an outstanding business strategy intern, Daniel Brog. Daniel lead a project to analyze issues and opportunities for Safety Partners as we continue to expand our relationships with biotechnology companies of all sizes and stages. Daniel’s findings and recommendations were thoughtful, insightful, and resulting in action.”

    – Chesley M. Chen, CEO, Safety Partners, Inc.

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