Helping underserved students start their careers in life sciences with paid summer internships.

The Project Onramp 2022 cohort has gone back to college, and we are busy planning summer 2023!  We are looking for companies who want to hire talented undergraduates from low-income backgrounds for rewarding summer work.  To explore diversifying your internship pipeline for summer 2023, please contact us.

Project Onramp 2023 is recruiting corporate partners now!  If you’d like to explore diversifying your internship pipeline for next summer, please contact us.

Breaking Down Barriers

The life sciences industry in Massachusetts is poised to create opportunities for underserved and minority populations in Massachusetts, helping to bridge the opportunity gap for many promising students. While many companies offer valuable internship opportunities, it can be difficult for students from these populations to gain access to internships, which are often a path to full-time employment.

Enter Project Onramp

The five leading life science organizations—MassBio, MassBioEd, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, MBI, and Life Science Cares—have joined forces to connect passionate, high-achieving four-year college students with paid internships of up to 12 weeks. Across the state, leading companies will collectively be reserving a minimum of 75 internship slots for our Life Science Scholars Program in summer 2021.

The Project Onramp program has been a great addition to Jounce. So far, we have hosted students in our Clinical Operations and Protein Analytics departments. These students are enthusiastic and motivated, and have added tremendous value during their time with us. We look forward to continuing and expanding our Project Onramp partnership in the future.”

Chief Executive Officer and President, Jounce Therapeutics

Ready to make a difference?

Join Project Onramp. We’ll work with you as you create or commit internship slots specifically for our carefully curated pool of talented students. In addition to science and lab positions, we are looking for internships on the business side of your organization, in departments like business administration, human resources, marketing and communications. Click below, give us some information and we’ll reach out to discuss next steps.

Project Onramp is about breaking down barriers, expanding access, and creating the future of our life sciences industry in Massachusetts.”

Past Chair of MassBio David Lucchino speaks at the kickoff of Project Onramp at Framingham State University on Jan. 29, 2019

A Winning Partnership

A primary Project Onramp partner is Bottom Line, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit that helps students from low-income backgrounds get into college and successfully graduate. Bottom Line provides our Life Science Scholars with one-on-one support every step of the way as they participate in what could be a life-changing summer experience.

Project Onramp also partners with Thrive Scholars and Minds Matter Boston, which are non-profits giving high-achieving, low-income students the opportunities they need to thrive at top colleges, and in meaningful careers.

Funding to Help Companies Participate and Students Succeed


For smaller  companies providing internships through Project Onramp, the Massachusetts Life Science Center will subsidize qualifying internships by as much as $8,160 per intern.

Project Onramp is ready to break down barriers and speed students from low-income backgrounds to success—while helping our member companies build the statewide labor pool and boost diversity.

Commit to diversifying your internship talent pipeline!

  • Lila Neel

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