A Pre-professional Training Opportunity

Selected high school students from metro-Boston build technical knowledge, lab techniques, research-based thinking and professional skills over eight weeks to prepare them for paid summer internships in academic labs and life science companies

Our Curriculum

Program Goals

We provide students with an academically enriching experience that leads them to make solid contributions at the lab bench and on a research team from the very first day of their summer work.

From mid-March through mid-May, students attend a Lab Training Program twice a week after school ⎯ as well as Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon ⎯ to work in biodesign teams. During this period, students may also interview and possibly advance to a six-week paid summer internship.

One Part Theory

We’ve spent time listening to what companies and research labs want students to know … and we’ve partnered with teachers to build on what students are already learning in school.

One Part Practice

We leverage our BioBuilder curriculum and our expert teachers to mentor students in a laboratory setting so they can confidently enter their summer programs.

One Part Professional Development

Success depends on more than textbook knowledge and a good pair of hands. We use project-based learning to build strong communication skills, responsibility, and resiliency in our students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about High School Apprenticeship Program here. If you can’t find the answers here please feel free to contact us at info@biobuilder.org.

When do you accept applications for the Apprenticeship Challenge?

Applications open January 1st, 2019 and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply?

Applications are accepted from students who:

  • Attend an under-resourced high school in the metro Boston area or who self-identify as economically disadvantaged
  • Can be nominated by a teacher or academic adviser
  • Are 18 years old as of June 1st following the Apprenticeship AND who want to work in a biotechnology company in the summer
  • Or are 16 years old as of June 1st following the Apprenticeship AND who want to work in an academic lab setting or a non-lab setting in a biotechnology company.
  • Are committed to pursuing a summer internship in the life sciences. Students who will be extensively engaged in other summer opportunities (travel, volunteering etc) should not apply.

How does the nomination and selection process work?

Students interested in participating must complete an assessment form (link to form) and identify a teacher who can serve as a reference to support the student application. The BioBuilder Educational Foundation will review applications. Students must be from underrepresented backgrounds, identify as economically disadvantaged, or go to school in underserved communities. Participants are accepted on a rolling basis and all will be notified no later than March 15. We regret that we cannot respond to all student inquiries.

Are students paid for the Apprenticeship Challenge?

There is a small stipend for students who successfully complete BioBuilder’s Apprenticeship Challenge held March through May. All students are then encouraged to pursue one of the paid summer internships that the Apprenticeship Challenge may arrange. Summer placement opportunities and compensation amounts will vary.

How do interested companies and academic labs get involved?

We are eager to enroll new companies and labs into our program. Reach out to us by email (info@biobuilder.org) for more information.