The High School Apprenticeship Challenge facilitates and funds paid internships for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged high school students throughout Massachusetts. The program creates over 100 new internship opportunities each year by subsidizing intern wages for small life sciences companies and academic researchers to enable them to hire paid interns. The program also offers a pre-internship laboratory training program for select school districts that provides rigorous biotechnology/biomedical and professional skills development.
The MLSC reimburses eligible host organizations up to $3,240 per intern, based on $13.50 per hour for six weeks of full-time work. Internships can be part-time or full-time and must take place between May 2021 and April 2022.