Photos and Testimonials from Internship Challenge Participants

  • Ginkgo BioWorks

    Photo courtesy of Bay State Banner/Sandra Larson

    “The internship allowed me to work for Ginkgo BioWorks, a biotech start-up, during its infancy. At this early stage of development, scarce funds could have prevented them from hiring me. Working for them during this period gave me the chance to make significant contributions to several exciting projects and allowed me a great introduction to the challenges of founding a start-up. The experience has encouraged me to bring my life sciences background to the business sector.”

    – Matt Gethers, Internship Challenge participant and MIT graduate with a degree in biological engineering.

  • UMass Dartmouth ATMC

    Pictured: UMass Dartmouth Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC) interns and staff.


    “This summer internship has been much more than I expected. Working at a biotech start-up has opened my eyes to the great potential there is in the Life Sciences industry right here in Massachusetts.”

    – Juan Betanzo, Babson College

  • VivoPath

    “The program has opened a great opportunity for us to offer interns some practical scientific experience while they make some significant contributions to our programs. I am very happy the program is achieving its goal to develop the Life Science resources of Massachusetts with these internship opportunities to our future scientists.”

    – Walter Lunsmann, Chief Operating Officer, VivoPath, LLC

  • UMass ATMC


    “Comprising of five full-time employees, the company at which I interned allowed me to thrive through regular contributions to several different projects and has introduced me to the intricacies of running a biopharmaceutical company. This experience has inspired me to pursue a career in the business sector of the biopharmaceutical industry.”

    – Renee McKell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Diagnostics for All

    “Diagnostics for All has greatly enjoyed participating in the Internship Challenge program. The interns bring enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to our research projects, and they have readily become invaluable, contributing members of our team. We’re grateful that the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center supports such a valuable program.”

    – Dr. Matthew Stewart, Senior Scientist, Diagnostics for All

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