Breaking Down Barriers
Across the country, women make up half of the college-educated workforce, yet they make up just 28% of the STEM workforce. And despite Black, Latinx and Native Americans comprising 27% of the adult population, they make up just 11% of the science and engineering workers. The life sciences industry in Greater Philadelphia is poised to create opportunities for disadvantaged populations in our region, helping to bridge the opportunity gap for many promising students. While many companies offer valuable internship opportunities, it can be difficult for students from these populations to gain access to internships, which are often a path to full-time employment. In Philadelphia, the 2019 poverty rate reached 23.3%, making the need for full-time employment imperative. Our goal is to bridge this gap and offer opportunities to hard-working students.
Enter Project Onramp
Life Science Cares Philadelphia and Philadelphia Futures have joined forces to connect passionate, high-achieving four-year college students with paid internships for up to 12 weeks. Across the region, leading companies are collectively targeting 25 to 30 internship slots for our Life Science Scholars Program in summer 2021.
Philadelphia Futures supports low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. Philadelphia Futures provides our Life Science Scholars with one-on-one support every step of the way as they participate in what could be a life-changing summer experience.