Catalyst Internship is a 10-week entrepreneurial program for STEAM and Business Students.

Students will be assigned to multi-disciplinary teams where they will be tasked with finding a solution to a real-world problem.

The teams will have the opportunity to develop their solution from the ideation phase through prototyping and feasibility, culminating to a business model proposal.

Upon completion of the program, teams will participate in a pitch competition.
  • Weekly interactive, educational workshops.
  • Hands on experience: life science laboratory work, electronic assembly, and 3D design & prototyping.
  • Mentorship and networking opportunities with industry experts.
We welcome undergraduate, graduate students, and postdocs eager to learn, discover, and develop entrepreneurial skillsets.

We are seeking individuals who are currently in the following programs: Life Sciences, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Design, and Business.

We strongly encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply.
The program runs for 10-weeks and consists of interactive lectures, group sessions, workshops, and one-on-one mentorship.

Internship will be held during the summer: middle of June-August. Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5pm.
Participation is in-person. However, educational seminars will also be offered virtually.


  • Week 1: Introduction to Problem and Value Proposition
  • Week 2: Ideation and Design
  • Week 3: Prototype & Iterate!
  • Week 4: Marketing Your Idea
  • Week 5: Basics of Starting a Business
  • Week 6: Professional Development
  • Week 7: Guide to a Biotech/Medtech Startup
  • Week 8: Entrepreneurial Journey
  • Week 9: Dash to Finish Line!
  • Week 10: Pitch Day and Reception
The program is free. There are limited stipends available.
Upon completion of the program, participants have the opportunity to showcase their company during the pitch day. Network with other startups, industry experts, and investors.
  • Download and fill out the Catalyst 2024 Application
  • Be sure to attach the following documents:
    . Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
    . Cover Letter
    . Unofficial College Transcripts
    . Resume
  • Email the completed application and necessary documents to with the subject line "Catalyst 2024 Application"
  • Application deadline is Monday, March 11, 2024
  • Application deadline is Friday, March 11, 2024.
  • Interviews will take place in March 2024.
  • Offer letters will be sent out in April 2024.
  • Catalyst Internship starts Monday, June 10, 2024.
  • Catalyst Internship Pitch Day and Reception on Thursday, August 15, 2024.
"Very fun experience that will help me move forward in my career. Thank you Aquillius!"

"The internship experience was fantastic. I got to meet new people, explore an industry that seemed too daunting to tackle alone, and I learned new skills and knowledge that will open multiple doors and opportunities for me in the future."

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SEED strives to provide accessible and inclusive opportunity to diversify biotech workforce and entrepreneurial talent.

Your contribution will empower the next generation of diverse STEM and entrepreneurial talent.

Aquillius SEED's Fiscal Sponsor

Aquillius Corporation is a Delaware corporation operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund, a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178). Contributions to Aquillius Corporation qualify as tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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