What is the program cost?
There is no tuition fee to participate in the program.
Do you offer funding for Fellows?
If you are invited to participate in the program, you will be eligible to apply for a need-based scholarship, which is intended to cover some of the costs of living, but not all of the costs. This scholarship could also fund relocation expenses and other essential day-to-day living needs.
Can you provide a list of companies that are hiring this session?
Unfortunately, we don’t have a comprehensive list of mentor companies; hiring at tech companies is done very quickly, and they don’t usually plan their hiring needs this many months in advance. The list of companies that hire out of the program varies a bit from session to session; the white paper includes a representative sample of these companies.
Do you partner with companies internationally?
As of this time, we do not currently work with companies outside of North America, but we are open to this idea and would like to expand our partnerships to companies located outside of the US and Canada.
Does everyone who completes the program receive a job offer?
As a result of completing the 7 week program, Fellows interview with mentor companies and are offered jobs. The amount of time it takes each Fellow to receive and accept an offer varies. After completing all the interviews, 5-8 weeks after the end of Insight, most Fellows have one or more job offers from companies and are ready to start their career on an applied AI team. The Insight team works with everyone very closely to determine the best fit for them to ensure they are successful and happy in the new role.
Do you have any recommendations for how I can prepare myself to transition to artificial intelligence?
If you have been researching applied AI roles (machine learning engineering, deep learning researcher, computer vision researcher, etc), you already have an idea about many of the skills needed to transition to applied AI teams. In addition to learning on your own, implementing current research papers, and doing side-projects, we recommend taking courses in machine learning (including deep learning), control theory, and optimization. This will provide you with an extremely solid foundation that will serve you well in your research, as well as a foundation for translating machine learning and deep learning research into applied AI products.
Am I qualified to participate if I don’t have a PhD?
The Insight Artificial Intelligence Program has no education requirement.
Is there an age limit to participate in the program? Do I have to be a recent grad?
We do not have an age limit on program participation.
After submitting an application, when can I expect to hear back?
While we sometimes accept applications several months in advance, we typically do not begin reviewing applications until 1-2 months before the session is scheduled to begin, with the majority of applications reviewed after the deadline.
Can I edit my submitted application?
If you would like to update your resume/CV, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a PDF file and a team member can update your application accordingly. If you have other edits you would like to make, please also email email@example.com and we can attach a note to your application.
If I apply for a session and I am not accepted, can I re-apply for a future session without being penalized?
If you are not admitted, we absolutely welcome you to reapply without penalty. When you reapply, we would encourage you to update your application with any new projects, tools or classes you have worked on since your last submission.
Can I submit an application for more than one session?
If you are interested in more than one session, we ask that you please take the time to consider each location and submit your application to the location you are most interested in working in. Fellows in the Silicon Valley session will be introduced to and interview for jobs based in Silicon Valley, while Fellows in the New York session will interview for jobs in New York, and similarly, Fellows in the Toronto session will interview for jobs in Toronto. We expect admission for all locations to be equally competitive. Your choice should be based on where you prefer to live and work.
How many applications do you receive/what is the acceptance rate?
While the Insight Artificial Intelligence Program is a new opportunity at Insight, in general, Insight is indeed a competitive program, e.g. we typically have ~1000 applications for each cycle of the Data Science program. As a result, we have many more applications than we have spaces in the program, but we are always looking for ways to grow the number of people who we can help in their career transition.
Do you keep a wait list for future sessions of Insight?
Unfortunately, we do not keep a wait list and require applicants to reapply for each session of Insight they are interested in. I would recommend that you sign up for the Insight Notification List to hear about future opportunities to participate in Insight.
What visa do I need to attend the program? Do you accept applications from non-US citizens who are not currently based in the US?
While we do not require a specific form of US work authorization to be admitted to the program, we do require that all applicants be able to work full-time in the US immediately upon completion of the Program, without needing to go through the H1B lottery. Students on F1 and about to start OPT are welcome to apply. If you have any further visa-related queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What does the interview look like?
The interview consists of a 30 minute Skype chat with a Program Director. You will be given specific information prior to the interview, with enough time to prepare.
When will the next program be offered?
The sessions currently accepting applications are listed on the application page. Our New York session will take place in July, and we are also accepting applications for Silicon Valley and for Toronto for the Fall. The Insight Notification List is the best way to stay up to date on new sessions and application deadlines - we will send out a notification as we confirm future session dates and application deadlines.
Am I eligible to participate in the Toronto, Canada program?
As with our programs in the US, we do not require a specific form of Canadian work authorization to be admitted to the program, but we do require that applicants be able to work full-time in Canada immediately upon completion of the Program. Students completing their graduate studies in Canada are typically eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) for up to three years. If you are currently located outside of Canada, please refer to the Canadian eligibility questionnaire to learn more about work authorization options. If you have any further visa-related queries please email email@example.com
Can I talk to an alumn of the program?
We are more than happy to connect you with an Insight alumn once you have been invited to participate in the program.
How long will I need to stay in the program location area once the program ends?
You must intend to get hired full-time in the field of artificial intelligence after the program is finished and agree to interview with mentor companies immediately after the program. This process typically takes five to eight weeks following the conclusion of the 7 week program, and involves staying local to the Program so that you can participate in these interviews.
What if I am accepted and have to miss a few days of the program?
Participating in the program is a full-time commitment, and you are required to be present every day. Missing a day could result in falling behind. With that said, we understand that sometimes life happens and if something comes up and you are unable to attend a day or two, we will work with you to catch you up on what was covered.