Advanced Analytics-Data Science Internship Program

Program Overview

The Advanced Analytics/Data Science Internship Program focuses on enhancing the availability of data science talent in the life sciences. In this pilot year, the program will create internship opportunities for qualified candidates at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels by enabling research institutions and companies to hire paid interns for up to six months. The program connects employers with prospective interns through an online platform and reimburses eligible companies (100 FTEs or fewer in Massachusetts; no more than 250 globally) and research institutions for intern stipends. Companies with greater than 100 FTEs in Massachusetts are also encouraged to use the portal to search for talent, but will need to pay interns without the state subsidy.

Internships can be part or full time and can take place for companies any time during the 12-month Program Year, which runs from May 1 through April 30 of the following year. For research institutions, there is no specific program year. Candidates looking for an internship will submit an online application, which includes their resume, 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.

Impact on the Ecosystem

The Advanced Analytics/Data Science Internship program is a new offering that is part of the MLSC’s long running Internship Challenge.  The Internship Challenge embodies the belief in the power of experiential learning to cultivate a workforce pipeline.  The program expands the pool of prospective employees who have practical experience, increases opportunities for mentoring, and enables more students from across the Commonwealth to explore careers in the life sciences industry.  This initiative has reached every region of the Commonwealth to the benefit of the diverse and talented young people who live and learn in Massachusetts. 

Since the program’s inception in 2009, the Internship Challenge has produced more than 4,300 internships at nearly 800 companies, with students from 230 different academic institutions throughout Massachusetts. It has grown to be the single largest state STEM intern program in the U.S. and serves as a national model.

Eligibility Requirements


Intern Registration

Company Registration

Research Institution Registration, email:

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