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Introductory Life Science Experience


The Introductory Life Science Experience (ILSE) introduces participants to introduction to biotechnology and practical lab college courses.  Work readiness training and certifications are provided to all participants and they are placed in paid, hands-on, life science laboratory internships.  Throughout the program, participants have access to literacy improvement programs, healthy living counseling, goal setting assistance, job search tools, and other relevant educational components.  Participants alsoreceive financial planning tools and learn about different ways to finance their education.


What are the components of the ILSE Program?

  • 2 weeks of lab skills and work readiness training (no experience necessary)
  • 160 hours paid internship in a biotech company ($11.50 per hour)
  • High school diploma or GED assistance (as needed)
  • One-on-one case management services
  • College or technical/vocational school enrollment assistance
  • Employment search assistance


Who is eligible for the ILSE Program?

  • Individuals not enrolled in school (GED or Adult Ed students qualify)
  • Individuals who are high school or college graduates or dropouts
  • Individuals living in high crime / low income area
  • Individuals in foster care (currently or previously)
  • Individuals who are pregnant or parenting 
  • Individuals with the right to Work in U.S.
  • Individuals between ages 17-24
  • Individuals with a valid Social Security Number
  • Individuals who qualify as Out-of-School Youth or low income, as defined by the Workforce Investment & Opportunity Act.


Interested in Participating?

Applications are not currently being accepted.  For more information or to find out when the next session is, contact ilse@biocom.org.


Companies interested in hosting an intern, click here.


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