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 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)
  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