As part of an ongoing and strategic effort to support the development of a diverse workforce talent pipeline for the life sciences industry, the MLSC partnered with MassBio, MassBioEd, Life Science Cares, and Bottom Line to launch Project Onramp. The pilot program encouraged life sciences employers to hire first generation black and latinx interns who are first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds. The program goal is to help underserved students start their careers in life sciences by matching them with paid summer internships of up to 12 weeks.
Project Onramp is partnering with Bottom Line, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit that helps students from low-income backgrounds get into college and successfully graduate. Bottom Line will provide students with one-on-one support every step of the way as they participate in what could be a life-changing summer experience.
Eligibility & Evaluation
Eligible companies of 100 employees or fewer may be able to apply for reimbursement of up to $8,160 per intern through the MLSC Internship Challenge.
Impact on the Ecosystem
Diversity is key to our state’s competitiveness and the MLSC is proud to work alongside the industry to ensure the sciences become more inclusive. Project Onramp is breaking down barriers and facilitating students on a pathway to success—while helping life sciences companies build a more diverse talent pipeline for the growing needs of the industry. These internship opportunities serve as a stepping-stone to a rewarding career for a talent pool that has typically had difficulty gaining access to the life science industry. The program will give the students – many of them the first in their families to attend college – hands-on experience and a valuable start towards a career in biotechnology. It will also help the growing Massachusetts life sciences companies fill the 12,000 positions estimated in the sector by 2023. In its pilot year, the Project Onramp secured 52 summer internships with 35 companies and aims to secure 75 internships this year.
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If you have any questions email, Lila Neel, with Life Sciences Cares, at firstname.lastname@example.org.