Massachusetts Life Sciences Center_Сйs Internship Challenge

Western New England University

  • $7200

  • New dates coming soon

  • College sophomore

  • Yes


The 2015-16 round of the program is open through April 30, 2016. Application period for 2016-17 Program opens in February 2016 for internships beginning as of 5/1/16. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center_Сйs Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused 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.л_Consistent with the MLSC_Сйs role as a catalyst in growing the talent needed by the life sciences industry, the program is designed to create hundreds of new internship opportunities each year by enabling small businesses to hire paid interns. Objectives of the Internship Challenge include expanding the pool of prospective employees who have practical experience, enhancing opportunities for mentoring, enabling more students to explore career opportunities despite the challenging economic environment, and providing to students interested in working in the life sciences a peer network through educational and informational networking events. Internships can be part or full time and can take place throughout the Program Year, which runs from May 1 through April 30. Students or recent graduates that are looking for an internship in the life sciences industry will need to first complete an online application, which includes their resume and a cover letter.л_Applications are accepted year-round but will expire after six months if not renewed. Companies interested in hosting interns can register with the MLSC at any time throughout the year to gain access to our database of prospective interns. Once approved, company representatives can then review applications, interview candidates, and select interns with the qualifications that are most suited to their needs. Companies can hire up to two interns per Program Year, but have the option to hire up to two additional interns that are enrolled in a 2-year/community college or certificate program. The MLSC will reimburse eligible companies for pay rates of up to $15 per hour for a total reimbursement of no more than $7,200 per intern at the conclusion of the internship. Since the program first launched in 2009, the MLSC has placed nearly 2,200 interns atл_more than 500 companies throughout Massachusetts! JoAn Blake and Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, CSO at CytomoneST, share their experiences as participants of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center_Сйs Internship Challenge Program. JoAn_Сйs internship was partially funded by the SCILS Initiative (Skilled Careers in Life Sciences), a $5 million, 4-year training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The interview was filmed and produced by the Boston Private Industry Council, one of the SCILS Initiative administrators. Hear from other program participants by visiting our testimonials page. In 2012, the MLSC received an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand the Internship Challenge over 4-years as part of the $5 million Metro Boston Skilled Careers in Life Sciences (SCILS) initiative to grow and maintain the area_Сйs life sciences workforce. Serving more than 80 cities and towns, SCILS is being implemented in collaboration with the City of Boston_Сйs Jobs and Community Services (JCS), the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), and the MetroNorth, Metro Southwest, and South Coastal workforce regions.л_ About 75 Internship Challenge interns will be selected each year to have their stipendл_subsidized in part by this federal grant. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER/PROGRAM _СР AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Class of 2018: Not eligible for an internship prior to 5/1/16. Please return in February 2016 to apply for a summer internship. All applicants seeking summer internships: Please return in February 2016 to apply.

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Springfield, Massachusetts


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College sophomore

Last Updated on

August 9 2017

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