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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 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 and experience firsthand Google's unique and innovative office culture.

The application for the 2015 CSSI program is open. Please find the link to our application here. The application period will close on March 5th, 2015 at 11:59pm PST.

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

CSSI 2015 will be comprised of both residential camps and day camps and will run at five Google offices: Cambridge, Chicago, Mountain View, New York and Seattle. In the residential camps, housing and transportation will be provided. In the day camps, students will be provided with a travel stipend and expected to commute into the respective Google offices for each day of CSSI. Students within a specified mileage distance from the respective day-camp offices will automatically be considered for those sites.


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 in addition to your application submission:

  • An updated resume (PDF required)
  • A current unofficial or official high school transcript (PDF/JPEG required)
  • SAT or ACT scores (if applicable)
  • Responses to multiple short answer questions. Each response should be under 200 words (PDF required).

Important Dates to Remember

The application for the 2015 CSSI program is open. Please find the link to our application here. The application period will close on March 5th, 2015 at 11:59pm PST.

Program dates
  • Cambridge, MA: July 13th - July 31st
  • Chicago, IL: July 20th - Aug 7th
  • Mountain View, CA: July 13th - July 31st
  • New York City, NY: July 20th - Aug 7th
  • Seattle, WA: July 13th - July 31st

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 2015. 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 2015, may I still apply?
    No. CSSI is only open to qualified high school seniors entering their first year of university study in Fall 2015. 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 2015.
  6. When is the application deadline?
    Our 2015 application will open January 8, 2015, and close on March 5, 2015 at 11:59pm PST.
  7. When will I be notified if I'm accepted?
    Applicants who are accepted will be notified in early May 2015.

Program Logistics

  1. What will Google pay for?
    For the residential programs, 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. For the day camps, students will be provided with a travel stipend and expected to commute into the respective Google offices for each day of CSSI.
  2. What will the housing be like for the residential program?
    Students will live in dorm-style housing during CSSI 2015. Details on housing, logistics, and daily transportation to Google's offices will be shared with accepted attendees.
  3. Can I choose my roommate for the residential program?
    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.
  4. What will be provided at the Google offices?
    Students will be provided with food at the Google offices during their stay.
  5. How much will the travel stipend be for the day camp?
    This information will be shared with the participants, but will be sufficient to cover your cost to get to and from Google for the duration of the program.

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