The Data Science Internship program focuses on increasing the availability of data science talent in the life sciences. The program creates new internship opportunities for qualified candidates, including those at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate levels, by enabling research institutions and companies to hire paid interns for up to six months. The program connects employers with prospective interns through an online platform and reimburses eligible companies (100 or fewer employees in Massachusetts; no more than 250 globally) and research institutions for intern wages (detailed below).
The program is intended to provide opportunities for intern exposure to advanced data analytics and data science applications to the life sciences. Prospective interns must demonstrate proficiency in advanced analytics skills and technologies based on their work experience and/or academic training. Internships can be part- or full-time and can take place for companies any time during the 12-month program year, which runs from May 1 through April 30. For research institutions, there is no specific program year.
Through this program, the MLSC also seeks to increase access to internships for those traditionally underrepresented in the data science field, particularly those identifying as women, Black, Indigenous, and/or Latinx.
The MLSC will reimburse host organizations for pay rates of up to $20 per hour for interns that are pursuing or have completed their Bachelor’s degree, or have comparable data science qualifications, for a total reimbursement of no more than $20,800 per intern, $25 per hour for interns that have completed their Master’s degree for a total reimbursement of no more than $26,000 per intern, and $40 per hour for interns that have completed their Ph.D. for a total reimbursement of no more than $41,600 per intern.