February 18, 2021

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) – For Current Seniors

Application Deadline:  March 29th, 2021

CSSI: Online Overview

Computer Science Summer Institute: Online (CSSI)’s mission is to provide a space for young, aspiring computer scientists to succeed by connecting incoming freshmen with like-minded peers and Google engineers in this four-week virtual program. At CSSI: Online, students will learn programming fundamentals directly from Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google’s most exciting technologies, and even design and develop their very own application with fellow participants that will be showcased to Googlers.

Program includes:

  • A specially designed project-based curriculum that includes JavaScript to help prepare students for their first year of college CS.
  • Daily developmental sessions to help you prepare for your CS studies and future job opportunities.
  • Opportunities to interact directly with Google engineers.
  • Exposure and insight into Google’s internship programs and technical career opportunities.
  • A curated HBCU experience for CSSI students who plan to attend a Historically Black College or University in Fall 2021.


Students must:

  • Intend to be enrolled as a full-time student in a 4-year BA/BS program in the US or Canada in Fall 2021.
  • Intend to be enrolled at a university in a computer science, computer engineering, software engineering or related area department for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in and motivation for studying computer science.
  • Be able to attend every day of CSSI: Online. CSSI: Online requires you to be available to log into a video chat for three hours each day, either in the morning or afternoon. You will be able to select which session you’ll participate in for the entire program. Please note that once you make your selection, you will not be able to make any changes.

We especially encourage applications from students historically marginalized in the engineering and tech industry, including Women, Black, Latinx, Hispanic, Native American+, Veterans, and students with disabilities.

Application materials

Please complete the online application, which will include:

  • The general application.
  • A current unofficial or official high school transcript (PDF required).
  • Responses to multiple short answer questions. Each response should be under 200 words (PDF required).
  • Participate in Google’s Online Challenge after the general application closes. You will receive further instructions after the application closes.

If any items are missing from your application, you will not be considered for the program.