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

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 2024, please contact us.

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 2024, please contact us.

Breaking Down Barriers

The life sciences industry is poised to create opportunities for underserved and minority populations in Boston/Cambridge, New York City, San Diego and Philadelphia — helping to bridge the opportunity gap for many promising students. While 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.  Project Onramp works with companies to enable these students to get that first internship experience!

Enter Project Onramp MA (Founded 2019)

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 200 internship slots for our Life Science Scholars Program in summer 2023.

Blueprint is proud to be a partner to Project Onramp, an organization driving important advancement for the life sciences community. Approximately 20 students have joined the Blue Crew through Project Onramp over the past few years, and we are incredibly grateful for their contributions to our organization. These students bring their unique lived experiences and a diversity of perspectives, enabling us to deliver for patients with cancer and mast cell disorders and make our community stronger. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Project Onramp and support their work in addressing the systemic barriers that students from under-resourced communities experience.

KATE HAVILAND
Chief Executive Officer, Blueprint Medicines

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 $9,600 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!

  • PROGRAM CONTACT:
  • Lila Neel
  • lila@lifesciencecares.org

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