The Internship Challenge connects employers with college students and recent graduates through an online platform and reimburses eligible companies (100 or fewer employees in Massachusetts; no more than 250 globally) for intern stipends.

Internships can be part or full time and can take place any time during the 12-month program year, which runs from May 1 through April 30 of the following year. Candidates will submit an online application, which includes their resume and a cover letter, to be posted in the MLSC’s application database (candidates do not apply to a particular company or for a specific position). There is no application deadline since internship placements will be rolling.

Intern Eligibility

  1. Must be a resident of Massachusetts (able to provide proof of residency), attend(ed) an accredited college or university located in Massachusetts (able to provide enrollment verification), OR attend(ed) an Historically Black College or University (HBCU); and
  2. Must meet one of the following:
    • 2-year/Community College/Certificate students must be enrolled in an Associate’s Degree or Certificate program or have completed one within the past calendar year. Continuing Education students are also eligible.
    • 4-year college or university students must have or will complete(d) at least their freshman year the semester before the internship starts, or have graduated within the past calendar year.
    • Graduate students must be enrolled in a Master’s Degree program or received their Master’s Degree within the past calendar year. Ph.D. and M.D. students are not eligible.

Please Note:

  • Interns are to be hired and paid directly by the host company. Any employed intern shall be treated as a W-2 employee of the company (not a contractor or subcontractor) for compensation purposes. However, interns must be hired for a temporary internship experience and not hired as permanent employees (interns can be hired full time upon completion of the MLSC-sponsored internship).
  • Companies cannot hire an intern who is the spouse, child, grandchild, sibling, niece, nephew, cousin or spouse of a child, grandchild, sibling, niece, nephew, or cousin of ANY current employee of the company.
  • Interns cannot participate in more than one subsidized internship in the same program year.
  • Interns cannot participate in more than two subsidized internships (over two program years) with the same company.
  • Internships cannot also be subsidized by another state entity (such as MassTech or MassCEC).


Applicant Account Registration

FAQ’s for Interns

Program Handout

Application Instructions for Intern Applicants