Brian Noyes, MassTech Collaborative
State Program Offers Stipends to Mass. Tech Firms for Student Internships
Since 2013, Nearly 1,000 Student Internships Funded
WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) is now accepting applications for the 2021 MassTech Intern Partnership, a program that reimburses qualified companies for hiring Massachusetts students as interns. Now in its ninth year, the Intern Partnership program offers $3,200 stipends to eligible Massachusetts tech companies for the purpose of hiring summer interns.
Companies in five prioritized sectors - cybersecurity, digital health, fintech, the Internet of Things (IoT), and robotics - may apply for stipends to cover three eligible interns. Other eligible Mass. digital technology companies not in one of those sectors can apply for stipends to cover two interns.
“The Commonwealth’s constant focus on developing our talent pipeline to equip the students of today with the skills of tomorrow is a critical pillar of the state’s rich tech ecosystem and a major reason why businesses come to Massachusetts,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “The MassTech Intern Partnership has been a successful program to provide students with paid work experience where they can learn valuable skills, grow their professional network, and connect with mentors who can help them gain a full-time job after graduation.”
Companies interested in applying to the program should complete and submit their applications by June 30, 2021. Applications, eligibility requirements, and program details can be found at masstech.org/intern.
All eligible technology companies interested in applying to the program must:
- Be based in Massachusetts;
- Have less than 100 employees; and
- Hire eligible interns as W2 employees, not as contractors or sub-contractors.
“We’re looking to support Massachusetts students by connecting them with the right training, mentorship opportunities, and hands-on experience so they can thrive as they enter the workforce,” said Carolyn Kirk, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “For these rapidly growing firms, these interns allow them to expand their testing, product development, and customer outreach efforts, providing a boost to the business and valuable real-world experience.”
While stipend applications must be submitted by companies, MassTech encourages eligible students to spread the word to prospective employers about the program, as the stipends can help small businesses that may otherwise not have hosted interns due to the cost.
Since its launch in 2013, the Mass Tech Intern Partnership program has distributed $2 million to support 950 summer interns at more than 370 tech firms across Massachusetts. The program is managed by the Innovation Institute, a division at MassTech focused on innovation and cluster growth across Massachusetts.
About the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
The MassTech Collaborative is a quasi-public economic development agency that strengthens the competitiveness of the tech and innovation economy by driving strategic investments, partnerships, and insights that harness the talent of Massachusetts. The Innovation Institute is the division of MassTech that advances its core mission of innovation and cluster growth across the Commonwealth. Created in 2003, the Innovation Institute intervenes in the economy in the following four ways:
- Conducts research and analysis that improves the state’s understandings of unmet needs and opportunities in the innovation economy;
- Serves as convener and key strategic broker on the landscape;
- Manages high-value projects on behalf of the Commonwealth; and
- Makes strategic investments in support of innovation-based economic development.
For more information, visit masstech.org.