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Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)

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Kick start your university studies in computer science with an unforgettable summer program at Google. Google's seventh annual Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology — especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field.

CSSI is not your average summer camp. It's an intensive, interactive, hands-on and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering and other closely related subjects.

As CSSI students, you will learn programming fundamentals directly from Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google's most exciting, emerging technologies, and even design and develop your very own application with fellow participants that you will showcase to Googlers in local offices.

You'll attend the program at one of our Google office locations in Mountain View, Calif., Boston, or Seattle/Kirkland, and experience firsthand Google's unique and innovative office culture. And at the end of each day, attendees will enjoy a unique residential experience in dorm-style housing at local universities.

CSSI is an all-expenses-paid program. Google will provide housing, meals and transportation for invited students.

The application for 2014 CSSI program is now closed.

Program Goals

  • To provide students with an interest in computer science an opportunity to learn what their future career might hold and inspire them to complete their work towards a technical degree.
  • To help students develop their technical skills, build confidence in their abilities and better prepare them for studying computer science or closely related fields.
  • To help participants begin building important personal networks and friendships with a diverse group of students who share their passion for technology and computer science.
  • To give students an inside look at Google's unique environment, community and culture.

Qualifications and Application

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Candidates must

  • Be a current high school senior.
  • Intend to be enrolled as a full-time student in a 4-year BA/BS program in the US or Canada in Fall 2015. International students are eligible to apply as long as they intend to be enrolled at a university in the US or Canada.
  • Intend to be enrolled at a university in a computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or related area department for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in and motivation for studying computer science

The program is open to all qualified high school seniors who meet the above criteria. We are committed to addressing diversity in the technology industry. Students who are a member of a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials

Please be prepared to submit the below materials:

  • An updated resume (PDF preferred)
  • A current unofficial or official high school transcript (PDF preferred)
  • SAT or ACT scores (if applicable)
  • The answers to the following essay questions/prompts. Each essay should be between 300-500 words (PDF preferred).
    • Why do you want to study computer science? What has drawn you to the field? What do you hope to accomplish with a computer science degree? Your response might include courses you have taken, projects you have worked on, events you have attended, or other ways you have been exposed to computer science.
    • Tell us about a big challenge you have faced, and explain what steps you took to identify and overcome it. You can draw from experiences in school, projects, leadership roles and extra curricular activities.
    • Google is committed to encouraging underrepresented students to seek degrees in computer science. What ideas do you have for ways in which you can help increase diversity in the field of computer science?

Important Dates to Remember

The application for the 2015 CSSI program will open in January 2015. If you’d like to receive a reminder when this application opens, please let us know here.

Dates, locations and logistics for the 2015 CSSI program will be released in January 2015.

Questions?

Check out CSSI's Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions that aren't answered in our FAQ, please email cssi@google.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Application Process

 

  1. How do I apply?
    As soon as we begin accepting applications, we will post a link to the online application on our program page. Keep your eyes peeled in January, and remember to review the list of required application materials. Applications will only be considered if all materials are included. For tips on technical resume writing, please visit our Hiring Process page.
  2. Do I need to send an official copy of my transcripts and SAT/ACT scores?
    Unofficial or official transcripts will be accepted. You do not need an SAT or ACT report, just type in your score. If you will be attending a university that does not require SAT or ACT scores and did not take either of these exams, simply leave this section of the application blank.
  3. Who is eligible to apply?
    The program is open to all qualified high school seniors who are entering their first year of university study in Fall 2014. We are committed to addressing diversity in the technology industry. Students who are a member of a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply.
  4. I will not be a first-year university student in Fall 2014, may I still apply?
    No. CSSI is only open to qualified high school seniors entering their first year of university study in Fall 2014. Younger students may visit our Google in Education site to explore our K-12 opportunities. Current university students may visit our technical opportunities pages for full-time and internship opportunities.
  5. Are international students eligible?
    International students are eligible to apply as long as they intend to be enrolled at a university in the US or Canada in Fall 2014.
  6. When is the application deadline?
    Our 2014 application period will open in January 2014, and close in March 2014.
  7. When will I be notified if I'm accepted?
    Applicants who are accepted will be notified in early May 2014.

Program Logistics

  1. What will Google pay for?
    Google will provide round-trip transportation within the US and Canada, and housing (including room fees and taxes). Most meals will be provided either at the dorm or at Google. Google will also host a number of fun activities and social events.
  2. What will the housing be like?
    Students will live in dorm-style housing during CSSI 2014 in Mountain View, CA, Cambridge, MA and Seattle, WA. Details on housing, logistics, and daily transportation to Google's offices will be shared with accepted attendees. Googlers will be present at the dorms at all times to provide adult supervision, as well as emotional and technical support for all attendees.
  3. Can I choose my roommate?
    If you know another attendee and wish to share a room with him or her, we can try to accommodate your request. However, we hope students will network, make new friends and room with someone they haven't met yet. Student pairs must be same-sex.

If you have questions that aren't answered in our FAQ, please email cssi@google.com.