The High School Apprenticeship Challenge facilitates and funds paid internship opportunities for high school students throughout Massachusetts. The program also offers an after-school laboratory training program for select school districts to better prepare students for summer internships during the spring. The after-school/summer lab training program provides rigorous pre-internship biotechnology/biomedical and professional skills development for underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged students.
The MLSC reimburses eligible host organizations for intern wages of $13 per hour, for a total reimbursement of up to $3,120 per intern, for six weeks of full-time work taking place between June and August.
Impact on the Ecosystem
The High School Apprenticeship Challenge creates over 150 internship opportunities for high school students each year by subsidizing intern stipends for small life sciences companies and academic researchers to enable them to hire paid interns.
Since the program first launched in 2016, the MLSC has supported nearly 400 internships for high schoolers at 88 organizations. Interns have represented more than 100 Massachusetts high schools and nearly 200 students have participated in MLSC-sponsored lab training programs designed to better prepare them for internship opportunities. The program has previously been offered in Brockton, New Bedford, Worcester, and Cambridge (serving Greater Boston students) in partnership with the LEAH Knox Scholars Program.
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