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 many 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 and the Fellows page includes a representative sample of these companies.
Do you partner with companies internationally?
As of this time, we do not currently work with companies internationally, but we are open to this idea and would like to expand our partnerships to companies located outside of the US.
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, you should have one or more job offers from companies and be ready to start your career as a data scientist. 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 data science?
If you have been researching Data Science careers, you already have many of the skills needed to be a data scientist. The same skills apply to a health data scientist. To get your hands dirty, we recommend taking some introductory computer science classes (first 2-3 courses in whatever the core CS curriculum is for undergraduates at your university). This will provide you with an extremely solid foundation that will serve you well in your research, as well as a foundation for doing data science and anything software related in the future. Additionally, we would also recommend an introductory to intermediate statistics course and a machine learning course if it is available. Once you feel comfortable with basic coding and exploratory data analysis, we strongly recommend you work on a side project (apart from course work or capstone project) where you pick up an interesting problem and start solving it with public data and open-source tools such as Python and R.
Am I qualified to participate if I don’t have a PhD?
Unfortunately, at this time we only accept candidates who have completed or are approaching completion of an MD or a PhD. However, you may be interested in our Insight Data Engineering Fellows Program or our Insight Artificial Intelligence Fellows Program, which do not have this 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, and welcome you to apply as long as you have an MD or a PhD.
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 2-3 months before the session is scheduled to begin. In the meantime, the Insight Notification List is the best way to stay up-to-date on new sessions and application deadlines.
Can I edit my submitted application?
If the edits to your application are minimal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the changes you would like us to implement. If your edits are more substantial, please submit a new application. If you would like to update your resume/CV, please email email@example.com with a PDF file and a team member can update your application accordingly.
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 San Francisco and Silicon Valley, while Fellows in the Boston session will interview for jobs in Boston. 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?
Insight is indeed a competitive program, as we typically have ~1000 applications for each cycle of the Data Science program. As a result, we currently 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?
There are no specific visa requirements to participate in the Insight program, so as long as you can legally be in the US for meetings/conferences. We are no longer accepting applications from individuals who would need to go through the H1B lottery to begin work in the US. 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?
In the past, we have offered three Silicon Valley and Boston program sessions of Insight per year - January, June, and September, and expect to continue this pattern going forward. The sessions currently accepting applications are listed on the application page. 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.
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 as a full-time data scientist 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.