The life sciences industry in Massachusetts offers challenging opportunities for high school and undergraduate students. Explore different internship opportunities to gain experience and exposure to careers in the life sciences industry.

LEAH Daly Summer Intensive Internship

MassBioEd and The LEAH Project are partnering to offer a lab-based summer internship program to rising juniors and seniors. Students will use current biotechnology tools and techniques to identify or create new microorganisms and explore many different life sciences careers. The students will work in the Biogen Community Lab and become part of the vibrant innovation ecosystem in Kendall Square. This is a paid opportunity; students will earn approximately $2,000 for the summer. The 2024 program runs from July 8th – August 9th. Youth must be 16 years old before July 8, 2024. There are opportunities to continue with LEAH Programming beyond those 5 weeks! The LEAH Project is a STEM access and college & career readiness program for high school youth historically underrepresented in STEM.

Project Onramp

With other leading life science organizations—MassBio, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and Life Science Cares—MassBioEd helps connect passionate, high-achieving four-year college students with paid internships of up to 12 weeks. Across the state, leading companies collectively reserve internship slots for the Project Onramp Life Sciences Scholars Program. Project Onramp breaks down barriers for underserved and minority populations in Massachusetts and bridges the opportunity gap for many promising students by helping them to gain access to internships, that become a path for full-time employment.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center College Internship Challenge

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s college internships focus on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. The program facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates, who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences, in paid internships across the state. Consistent with the Center’s role as a catalyst in growing the talent needed by the life sciences industry, the program is designed to provide students and companies with the tools to make meaningful connections, and the Center will reimburse eligible companies for intern stipends.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center High School Apprenticeship Challenge

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s High School Apprenticeship Challenge program seeks to:

  • Create paid work-based learning opportunities for underrepresented youth
  • Supplement life science education with rigorous clinical training
  • Foster relationships between economically disadvantaged schools and life sciences employers
  • Develop students’ professional workplace skills
  • Increase awareness of life sciences careers
  • Build a diverse STEM workforce pipeline

The program also offers a pre-internship laboratory training program for select school districts that provides rigorous biotechnology/biomedical and professional skills development.