Google AI Residency Program

Application FAQ

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Thanks for your interest in the Google AI Residency Program! Please check out our responses to some of the 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 open from October 21st, 2019 - December 19th, 2019.  It is in your best interest to submit your application early; we will review completed applications on a first come, first serve basis..**

Completing the application

How do I 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?

Do you have any tips on how to write the cover letter?

Is there a word requirement/restrictions for the cover letter?

If we want to be considered for more than one application, should we apply to all or can my one application be considered for other locations?

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 2020 because I graduate earlier than that month?

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

I am filling an application for the AI residency program 2019 and am confused regarding work experience section. Does an internship count as work experience?  Does an internship/lab experience/research assistant/teaching assistant role 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 do not currently have a work visa for the location in which I am interested.  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?  What tools will I need to complete the interviews?

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

Will I be able to extend my time in the residency beyond the 12-18 months?

What types of research areas are available to participate in?

        

Completing the application

How do I 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 750 word 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 may 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.

Do you have any tips on how to write the cover letter?

We asked that you answer the three questions listed in the job description within the content of your letter.  We suggest you answer the questions in “list format” --  list each question then complete your response below that -- which is helpful to us.  If that format doesn’t work for you, no worries.  Just be sure to make it clear you are answering the questions asked.

You can check out this article written by former residents for other tips and tricks.

Is there a word requirements/restrictions for the cover letter?

We encourage you to write a cover letter that is approximately 750 words in length.

If we want to be considered for more than one application, should we apply to all or can my one application be considered for other locations?

We encourage you to only apply to the locations in which you are interested in working and have the appropriate work authorizations for.  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?

A transcript is only required if you graduated 3 or less years ago from your most recent degree.  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 may be required. Your recruiter will let you know if and when a letter is needed by.  If a letter is required, 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.

Who should write my letters of recommendation?

We typically recommend your letter of recommendation come 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?

Yes, you can ask your recruiter if the letter has been submitted.  Once a letter has been submitted, your recruiter will confirm with the referral that it has been received.

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 your recruiter know what accommodations you may need for interviews and for when you begin working at Google. We will do what we can to assist you in the best possible way.

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

You can interview for multiple roles simultaneously; however you will only receive one offer from Google.  Please make sure to work with your recruiters if this is your case.  Your interview feedback for each role will not be impacted if you are a candidate for multiple roles, and each process will be treated independently.  Also, 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 2020 because I graduate earlier than that/don’t want a gap in employment?

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, or start dates that are not on our planned cycle.

Can I maintain another job/continue going to school while participating in the residency program?

This is a full-time, fixed term position for 12+ months. You cannot have another full-time job/attend school while participating in the program.

I am filling out the application for AI residency Program 2020 and am confused regarding the work experience section. Does an internship/lab experience/research assistant/teaching assistant role count as work experience?

Yes, they all count as work experience and should be included in your resume.  

I don't have a background in programming, but have learned to code/taken courses/taught myself. 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 will evaluate in your first interview.

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.   Your machine learning work can be demonstrated through open source projects, blogs, or in Stack Overflow or similar online community,

Other skills that are required is coding abilities in either Python,  C++ or Java.   Candidates might have exposure to machine learning or deep learning; or applications of machine learning to areas such as  NLP,  computer vision, speech, systems, robotics, algorithms, optimization, on-device learning, social networks, economics, information retrieval, journalism, healthcare, etc. If your background is already established as a Machine Learning researcher (ex. PhD in ML), we recommend you consider full time roles with Google, which you can find on careers.google.com. 

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

The Google AI Residency will have a few start dates, most likely between June and October 2020.  The final dates are yet to be determined.  We will update this question when they have been determined.

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

The Google AI Residency Program will be based in Mountain View, CA,  New York City; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Seattle, Washington; Montreal and Toronto, Canada;  Zurich, Switzerland; Berlin, Germany; Accra, Ghana and Tel Aviv, Israel depending on project fit, needs of the office and work authorization.  You will have an opportunity to inform your recruiter 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 12-18 month research training program, as opposed to an internship which typically lasts 3-6 months. Residents are on-boarded into the program as full time employees for a fixed term of 12+ months 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 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. 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, past residents have applied and been accepted to top graduate schools (e.g CMU, Stanford, Berkeley, NYU etc.) or have been eligible for a full time opportunity at Google or other Alphabet Bets (Waymo, Verily, X, etc.) based on available opportunities. Residents who convert to a full time role will go through the standard interview process as every other candidate and are not guaranteed a full time position. Others still have pursued opportunities outside of Google and Alphabet.  **We do not guarantee full time employment at Google at the conclusion of the program.**

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 location in which I am interested.  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.  Some locations have more limitations on visa sponsorship than others.   Be sure to check the job description for more details, but for those with some restrictions, see a brief summary below:

Opportunities in the US: Visas and work authorization in the US are limited to the F-1/OPT, TN, O-1, and H1-B Transfer.  You will not be able to apply for an H1-B visa for this program since this is a temporary employment opportunity.

Opportunities in Switzerland: Participants must have a valid EU or Swiss passport in order to participate in the program.  We are unable to sponsor work authorizations otherwise.

All other locations have more flexibility for work authorizations but you must be willing to be located there for the duration of the program.  Your recruiter will discuss the requirements with you for each country in which 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) 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 midst of completing my BS/MS/PhD degree. Can I defer my studies to participate in this program for a year?

If you are a current student, we cannot consider applicants who are in the midst of their degree program and do not encourage individuals to defer their studies in order to participate in the program.  You will need to have graduated by the time the program starts.  Keep in mind that, in 2020, we plan to have multiple start dates to better accommodate varying graduation schedules for our New Graduate candidates.  

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.  You will also be eligible to receive Benefits from Google, including healthcare and vacation/sick time.

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

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.  We do not guarantee you will be accepted into these schools solely because you participated in this program.

What is the interview process going to look like?  What tools will I need to complete the interviews?

If you are selected to interview, you will first complete a technical interview which will cover and evaluate your knowledge of coding and algorithms.  If that goes well, you will be invited to complete up to 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.

 **Please note, all interviews will take place over Hangouts with no travel for interviews required or expected.  For this reason, we strongly suggest you be in a place with a good internet connection, video capabilities and no distractions for these interviews.  If any of this is difficult for you, please let your recruiter know.

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:

Will I be able to extend my time in the residency beyond the 12-18 months?

Your participation as a resident will be maxed out at 18 months total.  We will not be able to extend your residency beyond this timeframe.

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.  We look forward to your application!