Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Launches Intern Partnership

Monday, March 11, 2013

CAMBRIDGE – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki, Bill Brah, Executive Director, Venture Development Center at UMass Boston, and Pamela Goldberg, CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative today announced the launch of the MassTech Intern Partnership, public-private partnership generating tech sector internship opportunities.  

The MassTech Intern Partnership was created as part of the Jobs Bill legislation that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Deval Patrick in August 2012.  MassTech will provide a matching stipend to eligible tech sector companies that hire an intern through the program.   The Intern Partnership’s goal is to capture more of the outstanding talent that passes through Massachusetts universities and colleges into the state’s tech sector.

"To maintain a robust economy across our growing innovative sectors, we must build a strong pipeline of students studying and pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills," said Lieutenant Governor Murray, Chair of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council.  "By partnering with the legislature and the business community, this new internship initiative will train more students in the technology sector and retain talent within the state's workforce."

“I thank the Patrick-Murray Administration and Secretary Bialecki for their help in launching this new intern partnership,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop.) “This partnership sends a powerful message to innovators and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts and around the globe: when it comes to the innovation economy, Massachusetts is the place to be.”

The Intern Partnership is targeted to key technology sub-sectors such as big data, robotics, health IT, digital gaming, e-commerce, and mobile communications.  To strengthen the Commonwealth’s position as a global Big Data leader, a focus will be placed on matching and funding internships in Big Data startups and small companies, with a goal of creating twenty-five new Big Data internship opportunities.

“These internships will be the key to opening up a long career in high-technology jobs for college students and will help our effort to keep our young, well-educated workforce here in Massachusetts,” said Greg Bialecki, the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. “By investing in education and innovation, the Patrick-Murray Administration is creating economic opportunity for everyone and supporting the high-tech sector, one of the long-standing pillars of our economy.”

MassTech has developed an online portal live at www.masstech.org for students and companies interested in participating in this innovative program. The Intern Partnership will fund approximately 150 full-time and part-time internships. Matching funds are required from participating companies.

“The Intern Partnership is an exciting way to link the student population with the tech community,” said Pamela Goldberg, CEO of MassTech. “We are grateful to have strong partnerships in industry that make the program possible and will, in turn, provide interns with an opportunity to experience first-hand the innovation that is happening right here in Massachusetts.”

Several industry partners have already joined with MassTech to support the Intern Partnership including the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the Venture Development Center at UMass Boston, the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX), the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) and the Massachusetts High Technology Council.  MassTech will also partner with the Venture Development Center at UMass-Boston to strengthen the internship experience.

About the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative is a public agency working to keep Massachusetts at the forefront of innovation, for the purpose of generating more high-paying jobs, higher productivity, greater economic growth, and improved social welfare. We enhance economic growth, accelerate technology use and adoption, and harness the value of research by engaging in meaningful collaborations across academia, industry, and government.  From improving our health care systems and expanding high-speed internet across the state to fostering new and emerging sectors, MassTech is driving innovation and supporting a vibrant economy across the Commonwealth.  Learn more at www.masstech.org.