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.
- Must meet at least one of the following:
- Massachusetts resident (able to provide proof of residency)
- Attend(ed) an accredited college or university located in Massachusetts (able to provide enrollment verification)
- Attend(ed) an Historically Black College or University (HBCU)
- 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.
- 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).