The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge program accepts applications year-round for internships taking place between May 1st and April 30th with life sciences companies across the state. Before you apply, please read the following eligibility requirements carefully, as your application will not be considered if you do not meet these requirements:

  1. The college or university you attend(ed) must be located in Massachusetts. Or, if you attend(ed) a college or university outside of Massachusetts, you must be a Massachusetts resident and be able to provide proof of residency; and
  2. You must meet one of the following:
    1. You attend(ed) a 4-year college or university and have or will have complete(d) at least your sophomore year the semester before the internship, or have graduated within the past year.; or
    2. You are currently enrolled in a 2-year/Community College/certificate program or you have completed your Associate's Degree or Certificate within the past year.
    3. You are a graduate student enrolled in a Master's Degree program or have received your Master's Degree within the past year. Ph.D. and M.D. students are not eligible.

Intern Selection

Companies that are interested in hosting interns will be granted access to all applications and will contact candidates directly for interviews and potential placement. Should you be contacted, it is important that you respond promptly and professionally to this expression of interest. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center does not review applications.

Intern Stipend

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is offering to reimburse companies for intern stipends at up to $15 per hour for a maximum amount of $7,200. Companies ultimately reserve the right to offer a higher or lower pay rate and the total amount paid for each internship will vary. The number of paid internships that the Center can offer is limited and restricted to companies with 100 or fewer employees. Upon request, larger companies and research institutions, will be granted access to all applications and encouraged to host interns at their own expense.

NOTE: Your application will expire after six months.

Returning applicants: Please click here to renew your application for another six months or to withdraw it and re-apply. If your application has expired you will need to submit a new one.

Should you have any technical difficulties completing this application, please e-mail

Basic Information
Full Name (first & last):   Phone Number:  
E-mail (permanent):  
Address (permanent):   City:  
State:   Zip Code:  
How did you hear about the Internship Challenge?  
Demographic Questionnaire

These questions are voluntary. However, please note that your responses will not be made available to companies and only used for statistical purposes.

Race: Other:
Are you an eligible veteran?
Educational Information
Please select your Massachusetts educational institution (if you attend(ed) college outside of MA, please select “Other/Non-Mass” and enter the name below):    
   If other, please enter the name of your educational institution:
Please select if you are a graduate or undergraduate student:  
Please select your year of graduation:  
Are you an international student?  
If yes, do you have the proper documentation to legally work in MA (e.g. CPT or OPT)?  
Major / Area of Specialization

Please select your primary major, followed by your secondary and tertiary areas of specialization. If your major is not listed, please select "other" and enter it below.

Official Major:

Second Major or Minor:

Other Area of Specialization:


If you selected Other, please enter your major:
Availability and Preferences

What region(s) of Massachusetts are you able and willing to work in? (To choose multiple regions, you will need to hold down the "Ctrl" key as you select each one)


If all of the available paid internship positions have been filled, would you consider an unpaid internship opportunity? Your answer will only be made available to companies after all paid positions are filled and will not influence your chances of being selected for a paid internship.


Internships are offered throughout the year. Please select your availability below (check all that apply):

Summer Fall Spring
Your Cover Letter and Resume

Please upload below your resume and a one-page cover letter in which you describe your area of study and why you are interested in working in the life sciences, and then click the Upload button (please be patient). Your resume/cover letter should include a list of all courses relevant to your major(s)/area(s) of specialization and any research or work experience related to the life sciences.

BOTH documents must be in PDF format. Other formats cannot be accepted. Note that companies may use a keyword search of these documents. Please ensure that the PDF’s you upload are searchable. MLSC will NOT be able to verify this for you. If you need (free) software to convert your documents to PDF, please click here.

Cover Letter:

Status: No cover letter uploaded.  


Status: No resume uploaded.  

Eligibility Documentation

Please upload a copy of your Massachusetts ID or Massachusetts driver's license. If you are not a Massachusetts resident or do not have a Massachusetts ID but attend a college/university in Massachusetts, please upload a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable if your name and school are both listed) or student ID. Please note that this documentation will not be made visible to potential employers. MLSC staff will use this information to verify your eligibility. If necessary, please black out any personal information you do not wish to share.

Status: No documentation uploaded.  


Please create a password which will allow you to log back in to renew your application for another six months, or withdraw and replace your previously uploaded application.

Password: Confirm password:    

MLSC Internship Challenge Application Form Disclaimer

Specific Prohibited Uses

The Internship Challenge online application may be used only for lawful purposes by individuals seeking internship opportunities. MLSC specifically prohibits any other use of the Internship Challenge website, and all users agree not to do any of the following: (a) post content that contain hyperlinks, “hidden” keywords or keywords that are irrelevant to the internship or are otherwise misleading; (b) use the MLSC Internship Challenge online application for any purpose other than as an individual seeking an internship, including but not limited to posting information to sell or promote any products or services; (c) submit any incomplete, false or inaccurate biographical information or information which is not your own; or (d) post any materials that are implicitly or explicitly offensive, such as content that engages in, endorses or promotes racism, bigotry, discrimination, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual.


You are solely responsible for the information contained in your online application.

MLSC may review and remove any application, or part thereof, that, in its sole judgment, does not meet stated eligibility requirements, violates applicable laws, rules or regulations, is abusive, disruptive, offensive or illegal, or violates the rights of, or harms or threatens the safety of, users of this MLSC site. MLSC may take any action with respect to an application that it deems necessary or appropriate in its sole discretion if it believes that such content could create liability for MLSC, damage MLSC’s brand or public image, or cause MLSC to lose (in whole or in part) the services of its ISPs or other suppliers.

None of the application shall be subject to any obligation of confidentiality on the part of the MLSC and the MLSC shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any application.


a) In exchange for good and valuable consideration, the sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, Intern and his or her representatives, agents, estate, heirs, successors and assigns, absolutely and unconditionally hereby release, remise, discharge, and hold harmless the Releasees (defined to include MLSC, and/or any of its parents, subsidiaries or affiliates, predecessors, successors or assigns, and its respective current and/or former partners, directors, shareholders/stockholders, officers, employees, attorneys and/or agents, all both individually and in their official capacities), from any and all Claims (as defined below) This release is intended and acknowledged by Intern to be all encompassing and to act as a full and total release of any such claims demands and damages (actual and consequential and direct and indirect) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, whether specifically enumerated herein or not.

b) For purposes of this Agreement, “Claims” shall mean and refer to actions or causes of action, suits, claims, complaints, contracts, liabilities, agreements, promises, contracts, torts, debts, damages, controversies, judgments, rights and demands, whether existing or contingent, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, that Intern may have or have had against the Releasees arising from conduct occurring up to and through the expiration or termination of this Agreement, including, but not limited to, (i) any claims arising from any federal, state or local law, regulation, public policy or constitution dealing with either employment, employment benefits or employment discrimination including but not limited to those laws or regulations concerning discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sex harassment, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, genetic carrier status, handicap or disability, veteran status, any military service or application for military service, or any other category protected under federal or state law; (ii) any contract, whether oral or written, express or implied; any tort; (iii) any claim arising from or relating to the Internship, including, without limitation, use of MLSC’s resources such as the Internship Challenge website or the posting of a resume or other personal information of Intern on such website in connection with the Internship); (iv) any negligence, fraud or other misconduct by the Internship Company (including its parents, subsidiaries or affiliates, predecessors, successors or assigns, and its respective current and/or former partners, directors, shareholders/stockholders, officers, employees, attorneys and/or agents, all both individually and in their official capacities); or (v) any claim for equity or other benefits; or any other statutory and/or common law claim.

c) If Intern is a California resident or is otherwise subject to California law, Intern hereby waives California Civil Code Section 1542, which states: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him or her must have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor.”

d) Intern authorizes MLSC to photograph and publish his/her photo in any MLSC-related publication or website and waives any right to inspect or approve the finished product or printed matter that may be used in connection with the photograph.

MLSC's Liability

The Internship Challenge online application and database act as a venue for intern candidates to post resumes for possible matches with life sciences employers. MLSC does not screen or censor the listings, including resumes and cover letters offered. MLSC is not involved in the actual transaction between employers and candidates. As a result, MLSC has no control over the quality, truth or accuracy of the applications submitted, the ability of potential employers to offer internship opportunities to candidates or the ability of candidates to fill internship openings and MLSC makes no representations about any internships.. While MLSC reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove applications, resumes or other material from the Internship Challenge database from time to time, MLSC does not assume any obligation to do so and disclaims any liability for failing to take any such action.

MLSC is not to be considered to be an employer with respect to an intern’s or a host institution’s use of any MLSC site and MLSC shall not be responsible for any decisions, for whatever reason, made by any host institution desiring to mentor an intern whose application is posted on the MLSC’s Internship Challenge database.

MLSC cannot guarantee and does not promise any specific results from use of the Internship Challenge websites. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by an applicant or host institution from MLSC shall create any implied or express warranty. In no event shall MLSC be liable for any damages whatsoever resulting from the use of this site, or for any harm to applicants resulting from posting information on the MLSC’s site or from participating in the MLSC’s Internship Challenge program, or to host institutions from reviewing applicant information or hosting an intern as part of the MLSC’s Internship Challenge program.


MLSC makes no claims that the content of this website may be lawfully viewed or accessed outside of the United States. Access to the content of the MLSC website may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the Internship Challenge site from outside of the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction. The terms of use for this website are governed by the internal substantive laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. Jurisdiction for any claims arising under this agreement shall lie exclusively with the state or federal courts within Boston, Massachusetts. If any provision of these terms are found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions, which shall remain in full force and effect.