* The MLSC was established to promote the life sciences within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is tasked with investing in life sciences research and economic development. This work includes making financial investments in public and private institutions growing life sciences research, development and commercialization as well as building ties between sectors of the Massachusetts life sciences community.
* The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has launched the Life Sciences Internship Challenge, a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for life sciences companies and research institutions in Massachusetts. The new program will provide Summer 2009 internships to at least 100 undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors who are considering career opportunities in life sciences - in either an industry or academic setting.
* Students who are selected for the Internship Challenge will receive a stipend of $4,800 for 8 weeks of work and host companies or institutions will commit to providing a dedicated mentor and meaningful internship opportunity that ties to the academic focus of eligible students, along with matching funds where feasible. The MLSC will provide a web-based interface where students can post resumes and experience and host organizations can match skills with their needs Host organizations will contact and interview candidates, select interns for their programs, and notify the Center of their desire to provide an internship to a qualified student. The MLSC is actively recruiting companies and research institutions to participate in the challenge by hosting interns.