Photos and Testimonials from Internship Challenge Participants

  • Microbiotix, Inc.

    “We had another great summer with interns. Both were bright, hard-working, and engaged in the work. One just sent us a syllabus for a fall class she has; she was excited to show us the class is covering almost everything she learned this summer! This is such a great program for both companies and students. Many thanks to the Mass Life Sciences Center for obtaining funding and organizing the program.” 

    – Kim Kapteyn, Administrative Assistant at Microbiotix, Inc.

  • Nexcelom Bioscience, LLC.

    “At Nexcelom, we greatly appreciate the collaboration we have with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.  This collaboration has allowed us to hire and support talented students and work with them to provide scientific working experiences and improve our scientific community. Because of this collaboration, we have been able to hire 5 R&D and Engineering interns in a period of 3 years. The students have supported project development in both R&D and Engineering departments at Nexcelom. In addition, six peer reviewed scientific publications and multiple conference posters have been presented from the projects with the students. We hope to continue our relationship with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and continue to provide support to the scientific community.”

    – Dr. Leo Chan, Technology R&D Manager at Nexcelom Bioscience LLC.

  • Sage Science, Inc.

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    Madeline Huleatt and Kristopher Amirault, 2013 MLSC interns.

    “My company was initially resistant to accepting interns out of concern that they would require too much time to train, would add little value, and would prove to be an expensive distraction from our core mission. The MLSC’s willingness to reimburse our company assumed the financial risk of engaging our first interns. We therefore brought in our first interns, mostly as a civic duty we felt we needed to honor. We expected to be giving, not receiving. We learned that all of our earlier assumptions were wrong. Not only do interns support the core mission of the company and add value, especially in our research labs, we love how they bring a youthful scintillation of intellectual curiosity and vibrancy to the company.  Our experience has been so positive that we have expanded our paid internship program far beyond the MLSC’s maximum per company. We have also hired, and continue to look forward to hiring, the best of our interns as they graduate and enter the biotech workforce. I will always be thankful to the MLSC and the internship program for opening our eyes to the potential of Massachusetts collegiate interns.”

    – Gary Paul Magnant, CEO of Sage Science, Inc.

  •  CytonomeST

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    Intern JoAn Blake was inspired by the tragic passing of her daughter to return to school as an adult. She enrolled at Roxbury Community College and went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a Master’s degree from Regis College. She was selected for two consecutive internships with CytonomeST, a small Boston-based company developing cell detection and purification systems. The company has since hired JoAn as a Senior Compliance Specialist.

  • X-Chem, Inc.


    “The MLSC Internship Challenge is an amazing tool that assists both small companies and people looking to launch a career in the life science industry.  We at X-Chem have had six interns as a result of the program.  Two of these interns have been hired as full-time employees in the life science industry, one full-time by our company, and three have been retained by us on a part-time basis.  We are actively in touch with all of our interns and consider them part of our family.  Thank you for this wonderful opportunity which has greatly assisted us with our recent growth.”

    – Jeffrey Troderman, CFO of X-Chem, Inc.

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