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Mass Life Sciences High School Apprenticeship Challenge


Applications Due



Fall, Winter, Spring

16 years, 17 years, 18 years, 19+ years, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Financial Access

Hourly Pay

US Work Eligibility




Program Description

The program seeks to create paid work-based learning opportunities for underrepresented youth, supplement life science education with rigorous out-of-school-time (OST) training, foster relationships between economically disadvantaged schools and life sciences employers, develop students’ professional workplace skills, increase awareness of life sciences careers, and build a diverse STEM workforce pipeline.

Interns earn up to $3,600, based on $15 per hour for six weeks of full-time work. Internships can be part-time or full-time and must take place between May 1, 2024 and April 30, 2025.


-At least 16 years old at the time the internship begins.

-Enrolled in or have recently graduated from a school that meets at least one of the following descriptions:

-Vocational technical high school as determined by Chapter 74 of the General Laws of Massachusetts or a comprehensive public high school with a life sciences Chapter 74 program.

-Public high school (including charter) located in one of the following “Gateway Cities” as determined by Section 3A of Chapter 23A of the General Laws of Massachusetts: Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, and Westfield, and Worcester.

-Public high school (including charter) with a student population of at least 25 percent classified as “low income” by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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