Insight is an intensive seven-week post-doctoral training Fellowship bridging the gap between academia and data science in Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Seattle and Remote. In the past five years, Insight has grown to over 1000 alumni working at over 800 top data teams across the US, including Facebook, Apple, Google, LinkedIn, New York Times, Biogen, Amazon, Airbnb, Yelp, Bloomberg, McKinsey, 23andMe, Biogen, Wayfair, and many high-growth startups. Insight programs are 100% tuition-free.
Insight Fellows learn cutting-edge data science and engineering technology through project-based learning and are mentored by industry leaders and data scientists from top teams. Fellows demonstra...Read more
Postdoctoral training fellowship that bridges the gap between academia and data science.
|Location||Silicon Valley, NYC, Boston, Seattle|
|Start Date||May 30, 2018|
|Class Size||30 students|
|Commitment||40 hours in class/wk|
I know there are other Insight fellows lurking around but I'll bite.
I'm currently a fellow in the Health Data program in Boston. It's a seven week program. There are no "classes" as part of the program, it's mostly small workshops and peer-to-peer learning. This model worked great for me, I learned a lot from my fellow fellows. More that I anticipated learning. By in large, though, the biggest thing about the program is the network you build. Insight has connections to local area companies and can put you in front of the right people when it comes time to look for a job. Many companies in Boston have Insight fellows working for them, so it is a self-reinforcing processing.
Most fellows would say that it's intense. Week 1 is spent brainstorming project ideas ,finding data, and pre...Read more
As a 2014 Insight Fellow, Insight is fantastic and I don't say that lightly. The two best things I gained through Insight are:
an instant network of new data scientists at top tech companies who are bright, enthusiastic, and hard-working, many of whom I'm still in contact with today
open doors to any tech company through Insight's reputation (including my current position)
If you're considering applying for Insight, I strongly recommend it. Even coming out of Stanford with a Physics Ph.D (one of the most desired majors for data scientists), I don't think I would've been able to break through from academia to industry on my own. Insight is an incredible resource for those trying to make that transition.
show up, work hard, make a bunch of friends, get a job
It's a very good program and it was a fantastic experience. The biggest value, by far, is the network/access it provides (even if you could get a data science job without Insight it would still probably be worth going). I don't think any of the other data science bootcamps compare in this regard. Most of the learning is self-directed rather than structured, but it turns out that it's also really easy to learn when you are around a bunch of smart, motivated people.
However, it's somewhat more difficult to find good data science jobs now than it was when the program began. At least a few of the partner companies that have historically hired a lot of Insight fellows are no longer actively recruiting through the program. However, I and all of my close friends from the program ended up wi...Read more
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