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.

**The application will be open from October 9, 2018 - January 28th, 2019 or until all positions are filled.**

IMPORTANT: 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?

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?

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

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

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?

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 I 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?

        

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, we do prefer that you submit a complete application.

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 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 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  aires-app-external@google.com 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.

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

Due to the volume of applications we are not able to give you real time status on the status of your application. If we haven't received your letter by the time your application is reviewed, our team will reach out and let you know.

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.

About the progra5

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 June - October 2019.  Actual dates are yet to be determined.

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.  Your recruiter will work with you to determine the best location for your work, though please also let them know if you do have a location preference.

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.

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.  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, NYC, 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.

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.