Thank you for your interest in hosting one or more interns this year. Your application provides you with access to our college, high school, and data science internship programs, all of which run from May 1, 2022– April 30, 2023 and internships can take place at any time during this 12-month Program Year.

Please review carefully the detailed instructions below. Please note that funding up to the amount specified below is only committed upon execution of an Agreement for interns officially hired by your organization and selected in the online portal.

Step #1: Log in to your SmartSimple account by visiting mlsc.smartsimple.com and scroll to the bottom of your Home page to locate and open your 2022-23 “Approved” application. The first tab of the application will provide you with access to a database of college internship applications, the second tab is for the high school program, and the third tab is for the data science program. The names of applicants you have hired or requested to extend an offer to will be displayed at the bottom of each page. The databases of intern applications can be accessed by clicking on the “Search for Interns” buttons. You can filter the list of applications by entering a keyword and/or using the provided search criteria. To view ALL applicants, leave the Criteria section blank and click the Submit button.

Step #2: If you find candidates of interest, contact them directly using either their phone number or email address. Please inform them that you are participating in the MLSC internship program and describe your company and the internship opportunity. If there is mutual interest, proceed to arrange for and conduct an interview.

Step #3: Once you have decided to extend an offer to a candidate, you must first click the “Request Offer” button to the left of the candidate’s name in the database. Your application displays a listing of all candidates you have requested approval to extend offers to, along with the status of each request. MLSC staff will then approve the request(s) or contact you about why one was not approved.

Step #4: Once approved by MLSC, their status will change from “Offer Requested” to “Offer Approved.” You can then proceed to extend the formal offer letter to the candidate.

Step #5: If and when the offer is accepted, you MUST log back in to your application and change the status of the candidate to “Hired.” You can also change the status to “Not Hired” at any time if the offer is declined or rescinded.

You will then be prompted to upload the offer letter which must be signed by both the company and the intern and needs to include the start date, anticipated end date, hourly pay rate, and explicit mention of the employment being an internship.

You will also be prompted to upload the signed Intern Sponsorship Agreement. You are required to upload one separate Agreement for each of the three internship programs (college, high school, and data science), but if there are multiple interns for the same program, please include names of each of those interns on one Agreement. Should additional interns be hired later on, an Amendment to the Agreement will be required. The Agreement and Amendment templates are available for download on their respective tabs within your application. Fully-executed Agreements/Amendments can be sent to you via email upon request.

Step #6: Reimbursement is provided as one electronic fund transfer at the conclusion of the internship(s). Please submit all required paperwork (see below) only once the internship(s) is/are completed and final paycheck(s) has/have been issued. In the event that there are several months between the completion of internships, more than one reimbursement can be arranged upon request. If you hire interns from more than one of the three programs, a SEPARATE reimbursement request is required for each program.

  • For the Internship Challenge (college program), reimbursements are capped at $8,160 per intern and the maximum reimbursable pay rate is $17 per hour. Please note that beginning 5/1/22, interns must be paid no less than $15/hour (MA minimum wage as of 2023). Companies are permitted to hire up to two interns per Program Year, but can hire up to two more interns if they are enrolled in a 2-year/community college/certificate program or HBCU. No more than four total interns can be subsidized.
  • For the Data Science Internship Program, MLSC will reimburse for pay rates of up to $20 per hour for an intern that is pursuing or has completed their Bachelor’s degree for a total reimbursement of up to $20,800, $25 per hour for an intern that has completed their Master’s degree, or is enrolled in a PhD program, for a total reimbursement of up to $26,000, and $40 per hour for and intern that has completed their Ph.D. for a total reimbursement of up to $41,600. Companies are limited to one subsidized data science intern per year, which will count toward the Internship Challenge (college intern) limit.
  • For the High School Apprenticeship Challenge, companies are required to pay interns at a rate of $15 per hour for a total reimbursement of up to $3,600 per intern. No more than two interns can be subsidized and these interns will not count toward the Internship Challenge limit.

Companies are welcome to pay more or less, but can only request reimbursement (per program) based on these rates.


When ready to request reimbursement, please email internship@masslifesciences.com the following:

  1. Reimbursement Summary Form. Use the Excel spreadsheet(s) available for download within your application (note that there is a separate file for each of the three internship programs).
  2. Proof of payment (payroll documentation that shows gross wages paid).
  3. Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) Authorization Form (if not submitted previously or if information has changed). This form can be downloaded here.
  4. W-9 form for the company if not recently submitted (dated within the past two years) or if the company address/name has changed.

For more details regarding documentation required for reimbursement, please review the Company Document Checklists available on the MLSC website for each of the three internship programs.

Thank you again for helping us in our mission to strengthen the Massachusetts life sciences workforce pipeline by offering to provide a meaningful work-based learning experience for our students. We look forward to partnering with you.