The MassTech Intern Partnership Program provides matching grants to eligible tech companies to partially reimburse intern salaries. After a company recruits an intern the company must apply to the Program through the MassTech website. The Program accepts applications on a rolling basis through June 30, 2023. After MassTech confirms the company’s eligibility, the company will be required to sign an Intern Sponsorship Agreement. At the conclusion of the internship, participating companies can seek reimbursement according to Program guidelines.
MassTech accepted applications from April 3, 2023 through July 7, 2023 for eligible applicants. MassTech expects companies to employ summer interns between May 1, 2023 and September 30, 2023. All reimbursement requests must be submitted by October 31, 2023 according to the Program guidelines.
Eligible companies may apply for up to 2 interns per program period. This year, eligible companies in the priority focus areas of Cybersecurity, Digital Health, Fintech, Quantum Technology, and Robotics may apply for up to 3 interns per program period.
Companies are responsible for employing and paying the intern(s) directly at rates agreed-upon by the company and intern. Companies must treat their interns as employees of the company and not contractors or subcontractors. In order to be reimbursed by MassTech at the conclusion of the internship, companies must pay interns as W-2 employees with required payroll withholdings, and submit required forms and payroll documentation. The forms and information about the required documentation will be provided with the Intern Sponsorship Agreement. MassTech will not reimburse companies that pay their interns as contractors who will receive 1099 forms.
No, the Program reimbursement is only available to companies that treat their interns as employees of the company and contractors or subcontractors, pay interns as W-2 employees with required payroll withholdings, and submit required forms and payroll documentation including proof of tax withholdings. MassTech will not reimburse companies that pay their interns as contractors who will receive 1099 forms.
<p>MassTech requires participating companies to follow Massachusetts minimum wage law in order to qualify for the reimbursement Program. Massachusetts minimum wage is $15 per hour effective January 1, 2023. </p>
MassTech does not set a maximum hourly wage for Program participants, however MassTech will only reimburse up to 50% of the intern’s hourly wage up to $8 per hour for a total of $3,200/year per individual intern. A company that pays $16 per hour will maximize the 50% matching funds at $8 per hour until the reimbursement limit is reached. If an intern is paid more than $16 per hour, the company will be responsible for 100% of the portion of the intern’s salary that exceeds $16 per hour.
- An Intern earns $20 per hour. For one hour of work, MassTech will reimburse the company $8, and the company is responsible for the remaining $12. Once the $3,200 reimbursement limit is reached, the company is responsible for 100% of intern’s wages.
- An Intern earns $15 per hour. For one hour of work, MassTech will reimburse the company $7.50, and the company is responsible for the remaining $7.50. Once the $3,200 reimbursement limit is reached, the company is responsible for 100% of intern’s wages.
No, companies participating in the MassTech Intern Partnership are not obligated in any way to make an offer of future employment at the end of the internship experience.
Companies may receive internship support from multiple state-sponsored programs. However, MassTech will NOT reimburse for eligible interns whose internship is supported by other state-sponsored programs during the period covered by MassTech's program. This ensures a company's 50% matched salary amount is not met with other state funds.
Yes, graduate students and recent advanced degree recipients are eligible interns for the Program. The graduate student must be a Massachusetts resident or be enrolled at a Massachusetts graduate school. Recent graduate school degree recipients who received an advanced degree in 2021 or 2022 are eligible if they are a Massachusetts resident or their graduate program was based in Massachusetts.
All qualified companies with qualified interns will be accepted into the Program until June 30, 2023 or all stipend funding is reserved.
No, MassTech intends to support new summer internship opportunities in the Massachusetts digital technology sector. However, interns who are returning to your company from a previous summer internship are eligible. Interns or Co-ops whose position will be extended through the summer will also be considered. Please provide a copy of the offer letter indicating the dates covered by the extension.
No, you may complete one application form which has space designated for both interns. Please include both interns' resumes and job descriptions in your document upload on the form.
If your company is accepted into the Program, MassTech will generate an Intern Sponsorship Agreement. On the Agreement, we will include a line for Authorized Signatory to sign. By gathering this information during the application process, we can reduce the time it takes to complete and sign the Agreement.
An Authorized Signatory is an employee of the company authorized to commit to binding agreements. That person is usually at the level of an executive, officer, or director, or has been given authority from an organization's Board of Directors to sign contracts.
Yes. Please make sure that the signatory's name, signature, title, and date are completed and legible when submitting the document. This will make the process much quicker.
Your company contact provided on the application will receive a confirmation email when your company submits the application materials through the online form. If accepted, MassTech will email the company contact an Intern Sponsorship Agreement to sign and return. If your application is not accepted, you will receive an email. Depending on the reason your application is not accepted, there may be further steps you can take to get accepted.
Yes, if your company previously submitted an application and now has a second intern, your company will need to submit another application form with supporting documents through the website. We cannot reimburse stipend funds for interns who are not submitted through the application process.
Program reimbursements are paid directly to companies, and therefore only companies apply to the Program.
Companies can be reimbursed for up to 50% of the intern's hourly wage up to $8 per hour for a total of $3,200/year per individual intern. Eligible companies may apply for up to 2 interns per program period. This year, eligible companies in the priority focus areas of Cybersecurity, Digital Health, Fintech, Quantum Technology, and Robotics may apply for up to 3 interns per program period. At the conclusion of the internship, participating companies can seek reimbursement according to Program guidelines.