Google AI Residency Program

Application FAQ

Thanks for your interest in the Google AI Residency Program! Please check out our responses to some of our most frequently asked questions below.  If your questions are still not answered, feel free to email us at ai-residency@google.com and please add “ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS - [YOUR NAME]” in the subject line.

** Application for the program is now closed and will re-open in Fall 2019. If you'd like to be notified when applications re-open, please leave your contact details at g.co/airesidency/contactme"

Completing the application

How do I correctly submit my application and where do I attach my application materials?

I forgot to include my transcript and/or cover letter.  How do I add them to my application?

Are there were any word requirements/restrictions for the cover letter? 

Can I check the status of my general application once it has been submitted?

I may not be able to access my transcripts at this time.  Can I still apply?  

What is the timeline for the application process?

Do I need to submit a Letter of Recommendation?  If so, how do I get this to you?

Who should write our letters of recommendation?

Can I check if my letter of recommendation has been submitted?

I have a competing offer deadline.  Can my application be expedited? 

I have a disability. Will Google make accommodations for me when I interview? 

I am currently in the interviewing process for another at Google at the moment. Is it okay if I apply to the residency anyway?

I am wondering if I can start this program earlier than June 2019 because I graduate earlier than that month?

Can I maintain another job while participating in the residency program?

I am filling application for AI residency program 2019 and am confused regarding work experience section. Does an internship count as work experience?

Would I be able to apply for more than one position at Google this year?

I don't have a background in programming, but I do have a background and have done research in other areas. Will I be qualified for AI residency?

About the Program

                What are the research teams looking for in applicants?

           What are the dates of the residency?  What if I am unable to start on that date?

In which office location(s) will this program be offered? How do I get assigned to a location?

What is the difference between this program and an internship at Google?

What is the program structure like?

How does the project and mentor assignment work?

What are my career possibilities after finishing the residency program?

Eligibility requirements

I don’t currently have a work visa for the US.  Will I still be considered?

I will be graduating in the next year but will only have a (BS/MS/PhD) degree.  Will be eligible?

I have been out of school for a few years and have a number of  years of experience.  Will I still be considered for the program?

I’m in the middle of completing my BS/MS/PhD degree. Can I defer my studies to participate in this program for a year?

Other questions

        What will my compensation be and will Google provide relocation?

I have a BS degree and hope to pursue an MS.  How does the residency  compare to a Master's program in school?  

I have a BS/MS degree and hope to pursue a PhD.   Will this program help me get into a PhD program?

What is the interview process going to look like?

Any resources you can recommend to help me prepare for the interviews?

How will project assignments be determined?

What are my options when the residency ends? Can I automatically join any research team?

What types of research areas are available to participate in?

        

Completing the application

How do I correctly submit my application and where do I attach my application materials?

Click on the “Apply” button on the application page and provide the required materials in the appropriate sections (PDFs preferred):

  1. In the “Resume Section:” attach an updated CV or resume.
  2. In the “Cover letter/other notes Section:” Copy and paste a cover letter which must include answers to the following questions:

**Although cover letters are optional for most job applications at Google (as noted on the website), it is a mandatory component for this application. Complete applications (cover letters included) will be prioritized for review over incomplete applications.**

  1. In the “Education Section:” attach a current or recent unofficial or official transcript in English if you have graduated in the last three years.
  1. Under “Degree Status,” select “Now attending” to upload a transcript.

*Please note that we will ask you to provide a Letter of Recommendation once you have passed the initial Hangouts interview.

I forgot to include my transcript and/or cover letter.  How do I add them to my application?

Not to worry! A recruiter will be in touch with you to ask for that information and we will attach them to your application.  However, please do try your best to submit a complete application at the time that you do apply.

Are there any word requirements/restrictions for the cover letter?

We don't have a minimum or maximum length for the cover letter, but we recommend one or two paragraph responses to each question.

Do we have to apply for the different location or only one application is for all locations?

We encourage you to apply to only one location, knowing that your application can be considered for all locations, so as to eliminate duplicate applications. Note that you may only participate in one location if extended an offer.

Can I check the status of my general application once it has been submitted?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to give you real time status of your application due to the volume of candidates we will be working with.  We will do our best to advise you of any decisions as soon as we are able.

I may not be able to access my transcripts at this time.  Can I still apply?

If you do not have access to your transcript from your most recent degree(s) at the time that you apply, it is not mandatory.  A recruiter will be in touch with you if it is needed.

What is the timeline for the application process?

Do I need to submit a Letter of Recommendation?  If so, how do I get this to the Google AI Residency Program?

One Letter of Recommendation will be required (two letters are preferred). Your recruiter will let you know if and when a letter is needed by.  Please have the letter writer address it to: “To the AI Residency Program” and sent to your recruiter with your name in the subject line as it appears on your resume.    *Please note that we won’t be able to move forward with your application to the offer stage without a letter of recommendation.

Who should write our letters of recommendation?

While we typically recommend your letter of recommendation be from an academic advisor or from someone overseeing your research.   If you are not currently in an academic program, a colleague or someone who is familiar with your work would be a great person to write a recommendation on your behalf.

Can I check if my letter of recommendation has been submitted?

Please confirm with your recruiter about the status of your letter of recommendation.

I have a competing offer deadline.  Can my application be expedited?   

Please inform your Google recruiter if you have any deadlines.  We cannot guarantee any offers will be extended on an escalated plan.

I have a disability. Will Google make accommodations for me when I interview?

You can let the recruiter know what accommodations you may need for interviews (via Google Hangouts and onsite) and for when you begin working at Google. Our recruiters will then let you know what we can do to assist you.

I am currently in the interviewing process for another at Google at the moment. Is it okay if I apply to the residency anyway?

Note that while it is possible to be considered for both roles without one affecting the other, you will not be eligible to participate in both roles at the same time. You have a limit of applying to three Google applications at any one time, and you may let us know if you would like any specific application withdrawn at this time in order to apply for this program.

I am wondering if I can start this program earlier than June 2019 because I graduate earlier than that month?

We have set start dates so that residents start in cohorts and build camaraderie and relationships within their start classes. We are unable to accommodate earlier start dates at this time.

Can I maintain another job while participating in the residency program?

This is a full-time, fixed term position for one year. You should not have another full-time job while participating in the program.

I am filling application for AI residency program 2019 and am confused regarding work experience section. Does an internship count as work experience?

Yes, your past internships count as work experience.

Would I be able to apply for more than one position at Google this year?

Yes, Google accepts applications for more than one position. Please apply to the positions you are interested in.  Please note that you can only apply to three positions every 30 days.

I don't have a background in programming, but I do have a background and have done research in other areas. Will I be qualified for AI residency?

A requirement for the AI Residency Program is that you do have some coding knowledge and experience in order to be successful in the program.  We welcome you to apply but please know that it is something we look for in our applicants.

About the Program

What are the research teams looking for in applicants?

We are looking for people who want to learn to conduct machine learning research in collaboration with our researchers. You may have research experience in another field (e.g. human-computer interaction, mathematics, physics, bioinformatics, etc.) and want to apply machine learning to this area, or you may have limited research experience but a strong desire to do more.  

The research teams are looking for coding abilities in either Python or C++ and exposure to machine learning or deep learning; or applications of machine learning to NLP,  computer vision, speech, systems, robotics, algorithms, optimization, on-device learning, social networks, economics, information retrieval, journalism, or health care

What are the dates of the residency?  What if I am unable to start on that date?

The Google AI Residency will have 3 start dates over the course of 5 months, from July - October 2019.  Your recruiter will inform you of the dates you can start on during your conversations

In which office location(s) will this program be offered? How do I get assigned to a location?

The Google AI Residency Program is primarily based in the Bay Area (California) with the largest number of residents to be based in this location. Residents will also have the opportunity to be based in New York City; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Seattle, Washington; Montreal and Toronto, Canada;  Zurich, Switzerland; Accra, Ghana and Israel depending on project fit and availability.  You will have an opportunity to inform your candidate of your location preferences and we will work with you to determine the best location for your work.

What is the difference between this program and an internship at Google?

The Residency program is a year long program with Research and Machine Intelligence, as opposed to an internship which usually lasts 3-6 months. Residents are on-boarded into the program as full time employees for a fixed term of one year with full access to Google tools and infrastructure. Residents also have the flexibility of collaborating with multiple mentors during the course of the residency, as opposed to internships where projects and mentors have been pre-selected.

What is the program structure like?

The residents’ first several weeks will consist of orientation activities including classes, tutorials, and an introductory project to help them learn Google’s tools and infrastructure. As the residents ramp up, they’ll hear from potential mentors about opportunities to work on longer term projects. Finally, they’ll express interest in various projects , and project and mentor assignments will take place in tandem.

How does the project and mentor assignment work?

Project and mentor assignment will take place shortly after your residency begins. This will give residents the opportunity to interact with various Google researchers and learn more about the different types of machine learning work across Google AI.

We'll work to help you find a mentor or mentors whose research-interests are aligned with yours and together with your mentor(s), you will formulate a longer-term project that's exciting to both of you. You may propose your own project ideas as well. Each resident will have the opportunity to work with more than one mentor at a time, and residents will have the opportunity to work with a variety of mentors over the course of the residency.

We encourage residents to be open-minded when considering mentors; sometimes the best match to help you achieve your research goals won’t be the first mentor you had in mind.

What are my career possibilities after finishing the residency program?

At the end of the program, residents will hopefully be able to apply to top graduate schools or be eligible for a full time conversion here at Google. Some of our past residents applied and have been accepted at top grad schools to pursue PhDs (e.g CMU, Stanford, Berkeley, NYU etc.). Many others have chosen to convert full time to join the team here at Google. Residents who choose to convert will go through the standard interview process as every other candidate.

Eligibility requirements

Please note: If none of the below information answers your eligibility questions, please apply to the program and use your cover letter to explain your situation.

I do not currently have a work visa for the US/Canada/Switzerland/Israel/Ghana.  Will I still be considered?

Yes, you will be considered for the residency even if you do not currently have a work visa for the country in which you are interested in working.  For those interested in opportunities in the US: You will not be able to use or apply for an H1-B visa for this program since this is a temporary employment opportunity.  However, if you are eligible for a J1 Visa, you are eligible for this program.  Your recruiter will discuss the requirements with you for each country you express an interest.  We will work closely with our immigration team to see where you would qualify to work.  If, for whatever reason, we are unable to sponsor a visa, we will let you know.

I will be graduating in the next year but will only have a (BS/MS/PhD) degree.  Am I eligible?

Absolutely!  We are considering individuals from various levels of experience and degree levels for the program.  Please review the Minimum Requirements of the job description to see if you qualify.

I have been out of school for a few years and have a number of  years of experience.  Will I still be considered for the program?

Absolutely! We are considering individuals from various levels of experience and degree levels for the program.  Please review the Minimum Requirements of the job description to see if you qualify.

I’m in the middle of completing my BS/MS/PhD degree. Can I defer my studies to participate in this program for a year?

We are only accepting candidates who have completed their BS/MS/PhD degrees by the time the program begins. Keep in mind that, in 2019, we plan to have multiple start dates to better accommodate varying graduation schedules for our New Grad candidates.  We do not encourage you to defer your studies for this program.  

Other Questions

What will my compensation be and will Google provide relocation?

Each resident will earn a base salary and a completion bonus at the conclusion of the residency.  If you need assistance relocating to the location in which you will be based, Google will provide a relocation cash bonus.

I have a BS degree and hope to pursue an MS.  How does the residency  compare to a Master's program in school?  

This is not meant to replace a Master’s or PhD program. It will provide hands-on experience and knowledge through projects and collaboration to help prepare for study in the field of deep learning and machine learning research.  It will also prepare individuals to continue their work in this field in industry or in academia.

I have a BS/MS degree and hope to pursue a PhD.   Will this program help me get into a PhD program?

As a resident you will gain research experience in machine learning that can make your application to graduate school stronger, especially if you have had limited exposure to deep learning and machine learning research. We have a number of residents who were accepted into top programs at the conclusion of the residency, including: Stanford, Berkeley, CMU, NYU, Cornell and the University of Cambridge in the UK.

What is the interview process going to look like?

If you are selected to interview, you will first complete a technical interview over Hangouts.  The technical interview will cover and evaluate your knowledge of Machine Learning and coding.  Assuming that goes well, you will be invited onsite to complete two more interviews with members of the various Research teams at Google.  Once you have completed all interviews, the Google AI Residency team will evaluate all applications and extend offers at that time.

Any resources you can recommend to help me prepare for the interviews?

We recommend a few courses, sites and books you can use to review and practice for your interviews for the AI Residency Program.  

CS/Software Engineering:

Machine Learning & Deep Learning:

How will project assignments be determined?

Project and mentor assignment will take place a few weeks after the program kicks off. This will give residents the opportunity to interact with various team members within research and learn more about what work the team is passionate about.

What are my options when the residency ends? Can I automatically join any research team?

At the end of the program, residents will, hopefully, be able to apply to top grad schools or be eligible for a full time conversion here at Google. Some of our past residents applied and have been accepted at top grad schools to pursue PhDs (e.g CMU, Stanford, Berkeley, NYU etc.). Many others have chosen to convert full time to join the team here at Google. Residents who choose to convert will go through the standard interview process as every other candidate.

What types of research areas are available to participate in?

The types of research topics available are dependent on the location. Our publication database is a good indication of the type of research that has been performed in the past; you can filter by Collections --> Google AI Residency, and any year, team, and specific research area you are looking for.

Additional Questions?

Thank you for reviewing the above information. If you still have questions feel free to email us at ai-residency@google.com and please add “ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS - [YOUR NAME]” in the subject line.