Internship Challenge 10-Year Anniversary

Investing in the next generation of life science professionals is at the core of how we fulfill our mission at the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC).

The Internship Challenge is the MLSC’s longest running workforce program, and it embodies our belief in the power of experiential learning to cultivate a workforce pipeline.

The MLSC annually provides over 500 paid internship experiences for Massachusetts college students that enhance the talent pipeline for small to medium Massachusetts life sciences companies. 20 percent of interns immediately matriculate to full or part-time employment with their company at the end of their internship.Since its inception in 2009, the Internship Challenge has produced more than 4,000 internships at nearly 800 companies throughout Massachusetts. It has grown to be the single largest state STEM intern program in the US, and serves as a nationwide model.

We believe now, 10 years on, is the perfect moment to pause and reflect, celebrate, and recognize the people, places, and partnerships that have enabled students from across the Commonwealth to begin successful careers in the life sciences industry.

For the next three months, we are featuring stories and perspectives on the Internship Challenge, past and current interns, our fantastic host companies, and the future of experiential learning.

We want to hear from you. Past and current interns, companies, and colleges and universities – we encourage you to drop us a line and share your story.

The Internship Challenge is only as successful as the community it serves. We thank you for your support and we look forward to celebrating the Program in the days and months to come.

Stories and perspectives on enhancing career exploration and expanding the talent pipeline:

A Sweet Spot for Growth and Development: Internship Challenge part of FloDesign Sonics success story

High Throughput: EpigenDx in Hopkinton providing internship opportunities for 10 years

Defining a Student’s Career Trajectory

Sustainable Opportunities: KnipBio

Internship Challenge providing professional experience opportunities: Quinsigamond Community College

The Internship Challenge Business Model: Enable Life Sciences

Internship Challenge Interactive Timeline

(View a PDF version of the Internship Challenge Timeline)

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