Cristina Foster of Dorchester was recently named the first ever recipient of a Life Sciences internship by Project OnRamp, a new program that aims to close the opportunity gap in Massachusetts’ burgeoning life science and biotech industries.
Foster, a 19 year-old sophomore at Framingham State majoring in biology, plans to become a pediatrician. A native of the Dominican Republic who moved to the United States at age 9, she is the first in her family to attend college.
“For students seeking a career in the life sciences, there is nothing as effective as an internship at a local biotech company,” said David Lucchino, chairman of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
“Project Onramp will break down those barriers and enable a new, diverse group of young people to contribute to the important work we’re doing in Massachusetts.”
“Project Onramp will give me real-world experience in the world of drug development,” said Foster. “That will be a big help as I pursue my dream of treating infants and children.”