Gov. Charlie Baker poses for a selfie with the inaugural cohort of participants of the UNCF's “Lighted Pathways” and “Ernest E. Just Initiative” programs in Boston at a reception at Northeastern on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Gov. Baker welcomes United Negro College Fund internship participants to Boston, Northeastern

Gov. Charlie Baker visited Northeastern’s Boston campus Thursday to welcome students from across the U.S. who will spend the summer participating in programs organized by the United Negro College Fund in partnership with the university, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and local financial and life sciences companies.

“These are spectacular organizations, which I know are super excited to have a chance to get to know you, but you should also take advantage of the opportunity to get to know them,” Baker said.

UNCF’s “Lighted Pathways” and “Ernest E. Just” programs brought 45 students to Boston from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority-serving institutions. For 10 weeks, they will participate in paid internships at the area’s leading asset management and life sciences organizations, while living at Northeastern.

Baker said that participating institutions represent the “who’s who” in Massachusetts and Greater Boston. The students will intern at such organizations as Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Intellia Therapeutics, Fidelity Investments, Adage Capital Management, Wellington Management and Cambridge Associates.

“I can’t wait to have a chance to hear about your summers and what you did and what you learned. And you can feel free to also tell me the stuff that didn’t go quite the way it was supposed to go,” said Baker, also inviting the students to a closing dinner some time at the end of the summer.

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