The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative continues to support talent attraction and retention efforts for the technology economy by bringing together industry leaders, government officials, and college students for the official launch of the Mass Tech Intern Partnership on Monday, March 11th from 11:00am-12:00pm at hack/reduce in Kendall Square (275 Third Street, Cambridge, MA). Monday’s internship launch will feature scheduled remarks by Lt. Governor Timothy Murray, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki.

The Intern Partnership is a new public-private effort that will provide stipends for college student internships at Massachusetts’ tech companies- particularly startups and smaller firms.  In addition to Mass Tech, the Partnership involves the coalition of leading organizations including MTLC, MITX, Mass High Tech Council, NEVCA, and VDC at UMass Boston. We all recognize that talent attraction and retention are ongoing priorities for the Massachusetts Tech Sector, and internships are frequently and widely identified as a proven approach for addressing this crucial need. With the technology sector continuing as one of the fastest growing industries supplying the state with some of the highest paying jobs, keeping the talent here is increasingly important to the Commonwealth.

The Mass Tech 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.The organizations sponsoring the Partnership, Patrick Administration and legislators recognized Massachusetts’ colleges and universities produce many of the brightest, most educated people entering the technology workforce.  However, too many of these talented individuals are taking their training and brilliant ideas out of Massachusetts and growing them in places like Silicon Valley, New York City, and Austin, Texas.  The Intern Partnership is going to be a great bridge in capturing the outstanding talent that passes through the states’ colleges and universities by fostering relationships and piquing their interests via internships with some of the newest, coolest startups in Mass. 

Students and companies interesting in participating in the Partnership will be able to submit applications through an online portal on www.masstech.org .  Mass Tech will be providing a matching stipend to qualifying tech sector companies to incentivize them to join the Partnership.   All in all, the Mass Tech Intern Partnership will benefit the students, technology organizations, and overall economy of Massachusetts.