Ernest E. Just Life Sciences Initiative

Program Overview

It is essential that our life sciences ecosystem values and embraces a diverse workforce. It is not only about equal representation, it is about the strong business case, the bottom line, and ensuring the next big breakthroughs to save lives and improve patient outcomes. That’s why here in Massachusetts, we know that the strongest life sciences sector is a diverse one.

The MLSC is proud to partner with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) on the Ernest E. Just Life Sciences Initiative, which creates internship opportunities in the Boston-area for students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Students gain valuable experience and a network of professionals to pave a path for a fulfilling career in the life sciences.

UNCF will help provide transportation, housing, and other vital wrap around services to ensure students have a welcoming, memorable, and rewarding time in Boston.

Host organizations that meet the eligibility criteria for the MLSC’s Internship Challenge can seek reimbursement from the MLSC for wages paid to their intern(s).

Impact on the Ecosystem

In the first two years, the initiative created 42 meaningful internship opportunities with life sciences companies and research institutions throughout the Boston-area. This initiative provides students an opportunity to spend 10 weeks interning at life sciences organizations of all sizes.

To date, the MLSC has sponsored more than a quarter of the internships offered through the Ernest E. Just Life Sciences Initiative and provided the UNCF with $100,000 in funding to support program implementation.

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