Project Onramp

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Applications Open – Summer 2024 Internship Program for Pell Grant Students – Life Sciences, Computer Science, Business, Communications & HR

The Hiatt Career Center is working with Life Science Cares to promote paid summer internship opportunities through Project Onramp. This partnership helps undergraduate students who are under-resourced, often from under-represented groups, or are first-generation students to gain competitive experiences in the life sciences industry

Internship Specifics

  • 10-12 weeks long, running from June to August (exact dates will be decided between the student and the hiring manager)

  • Paid internship, ranging between $20/hour - $27/hour

  • Must work full-time during the summer – students cannot be in summer school or have another part-time summer job

  • Students must have housing in the Boston area for the summer, as the program does NOT provide housing (Brandeis students can explore options for living on-campus during the summer through the Department of Community Living)

Project Onramp partners with over 80 companies, including multinationals like Pfizer and Takeda and small start-ups like Be Bio and Vedanta Bio. The host companies participating in this program reserve roles specific to Project Onramp students, so you will only be competing against 4-5 other candidates.

Half the internships are in industry lab research roles or science adjacent roles like clinical operations, while the other half are available in departments such as computer science, business, marketing, communications, finance, accounting, and human resources.


  • Must be an undergraduate student
  • Students must be Pell-eligible
    • Brandeis will verify Pell Grant eligibility of all students
  • U.S. Citizens (unfortunately, international students are not eligible for this program)
  • Living in Massachusetts during the summer (other opportunities available in the Bay Area, New York, Philadelphia, and San Diego)


  • If you are a Pell Grant student and a U.S. Citizen interested in receiving updates on internships offered through Project Onramp, please contact Jason Leturmy to be added to our email distribution list.

  • Once positions are posted, you will be notified via email. You can also search for Project Onramp internship opportunities in Handshake with the label ‘projectonramp’.

  • Students must review the internship opportunities in a timely fashion, ensure they meet the qualifications, and if interested, must send their resume to Jason Leturmy via email BEFORE the deadline for all specified positions. Please be sure to indicate what positions you are interested in applying for in your email.

  • Your resume will then be shared with the company for review.

  • As always, we encourage you to come visit us at the Hiatt Career Center to have your resume reviewed. You can schedule an appointment to speak with a career advisor or you can setup an Express Appointment with a Hiatt Advisor to go over your resume. You can also drop in to speak with an advisor on weekdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. when classes are in session.


  • Internship positions will be posted in Handshake from December 2023–April 2024

  • Students’ Pell Grant status will be verified for all students who express interest in participating in the program

  • Once the status is verified, students will be added to an email distribution list and notified via email when positions are posted in Handshake (search label: projectonramp) for review

  • Students will email Jason Leturmy a list of the positions they qualify for and are interested in applying to along with an updated resume before the indicated deadlines

  • Resumes will then be shared with Project Onramp and the indicated company

  • Students will be contacted directly by the company if selected for an interview and to complete the internship selection process

  • If you accept an internship from Project Onramp, please notify Jason Leturmy. We also ask that you no longer submit your resume for other open internship positions

Program Benefits

Project Onramp interns are paired with an industry mentor throughout the summer. Mentors and mentees meet three times for one-hour meetings. Discussion topics include forging a career in the life sciences industry, being authentic in the workplace, building confidence, and building networks, among other topics.

This mentorship opportunity is a way for companies to leverage their employees’ talent and experience, and to give back to the community. It is also a way for students to build meaningful professional networks and interact with people who can be advisors and guides as they finish undergraduate degrees and enter the workplace or graduate schools.

For questions related to Brandeis’ partnership with Project Onramp, please contact Jason Leturmy.