Photos and Testimonials from Internship Challenge Participants

  • Addgene, Inc.

    Addgene Interns
    Left: Emma Gottschall, 2012 MLSC intern now employed full time as a Lab Technician at Addgene, Inc. in Cambridge, MA. Right: Kory DelPrete, 2013 MLSC intern.

    “In 2012, a friend of mine received an internship through the Mass Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge. She knew I was having a hard time finding internships and told me to apply. I did, and by the next week I had accepted an internship at Addgene, a non-profit plasmid repository in Cambridge. As a Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major, I was able to make use of the lab skills I gained in college. I was an intern at Addgene from March through the beginning of January, when I was offered the opportunity to become a part-time Lab Technician. Now that I have graduated from BU I am employed full-time at Addgene. By participating in the MLSC Internship Challenge I found a great job at an amazing company… and it’s a nice perk that I am able to stay and work in Boston!”

    – Emma Gottschall, Lab Technician at Addgene, Inc.

  • BioScience Academy

    Left: Mark Damish, MLSC intern at WorldCare Clinical; Right: John Lugo-Toro, MLSC intern at STC Biologics.

    Students of the Boston University BioScience Academy (BSA) presented at its Internship Poster Presentation on May 3, 2013. BSA is a program that offers biotechnology laboratory skills training, twelve Boston University credits, tuition support, an internship, and a Certificate in Applied Biotechnology.

    Internship Challenge host companies STC Biologics, Inc. of Cambridge, and WorldCare Clinical, LLC. of Boston, each hired interns from BioScience Academy during the 2012-13 Program Year.

  • Imgen BioSciences

    Dr. Wendell Yang, President of Imgen BioSciences, with interns Shirley Hou and Abby He.

    “It was my great pleasure to supervise and work with each of the four interns at our company, Imgen BioSciences, through the MLSC-sponsored internship program over the past two years. I am very satisfied with the work that they conducted and much appreciative of this program and the mutual benefits that it offers to the company and the interns. I am also particularly glad with the training outcomes of the interns; two were each offered and accepted to full-time positions at the NIH and a private biotech company, and one moved on to pursue a Masters Degree during or immediately after the completion of their internship.”

    – Dr. Wendell Yang, President of Imgen BioSciences, Inc.

  • Respiratory Motion


    Based in Waltham, Mass., Respiratory Motion is a medical device company that received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for its ExSpiron system in October 2012. This tool monitors ventilation and has the potential to serve as a leading indicator of respiratory failure during and after surgery. Respiratory Motion has recruited eight interns over the past three years through the Internship Challenge. Mike Lalli and Lynn Desmarais are two of those talented interns that helped with clinical testing, and eventually human trials, which led to FDA approval.

    Desmarais, of Natick, Mass., was a student at Massachusetts Bay Community College, pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Biological Engineering, when she began her work at Respiratory Motion. “They took a chance on me, and I took a chance on them – it could not have worked out better!” she said. Desmarais, like Lalli, started her internship by working on the clinical trials of the ExSpiron prototype. She was soon put in charge of managing the product literature and graphic design for the product. “In a start up, you just can’t sit around and wait for someone else to do something – you have to just stand up and do it yourself.” That kind of determination is what brought Desmarais from intern to a marketing and clinical associate at Respiratory Motion after she graduated.

  • Myomo

    “The MLSC Internship Challenge program has been a terrific experience for Myomo. In fact, we were so pleased with our last intern that we hired him upon graduation. Many thanks for helping to facilitate the process of connecting good candidates to open positions.”

    – Steve Kelly, Founder, President & COO, Myomo, Inc.

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