Carnegie Mellon University

The AI4All @ Carnegie Mellon summer program provides opportunities for students who have been historically excluded in STEM to study artificial intelligence with full-time faculty, staff, and researchers who are leaders in the field.

There is a diversity crisis in AI and computer science: a homogenous group of technologists are building AI solutions for a diverse population. The global economic impact of AI is expected to reach $15.7 trillion by 2030, but less than 14% of AI researchers globally are women, and Black and Hispanic men and women make up less than 11% of people employed in U.S. STEM jobs. This lack of diversity results in biased AI products that, at best, don’t serve everyone. At worst, they actively harm historically excluded groups. It's crucial to take action to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to guide the creation of AI as a tool for good.

AI4ALL is a U.S.-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in AI education, research, development, and policy.

Carnegie Mellon’s AI4ALL program is free, and students reside on campus where they are immersed in hands-on learning, mentorship by AI leaders, and develop a supportive peer network that will help them throughout their AI journey. 

Academic Information:

Carnegie Mellon’s AI4ALL program gives rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to study artificial intelligence with CMU faculty, staff, and researchers who are leaders in the field. Students will participate in project-based learning and attend lectures in various aspects of computing and artificial intelligence. They will then apply those concepts and techniques to real world challenges and learn to leverage AI for social good.

In addition to the academic experience, students will engage with industry leaders to learn about the vast and exciting opportunities in the field. At the conclusion of the program, students will receive a comprehensive evaluation that can be integrated into their academic portfolios as supplemental material for college admission purposes. 

The 2022 summer program is a three-week residential experience on the Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Students should be available to participate for the full length of the three-week program dates. Prior to arrival on campus, admitted students will be given access to AI4ALL’s pre-program Python course. Completion of this course is required before the start of classes. Prior coding experience is not required for the Python course, and support will be available for all students.

You will need to use a computer during this program. If you do not have your own, please contact us and we will make arrangements to provide one to you for the duration of the program. For specific questions related to the program dates, curriculum, or student experience, please email Natalie Hatcher.

Curriculum Overview

  • Lectures by Carnegie Mellon professors.
  • In-depth introduction to ongoing research projects from faculty.
  • Field trip to AI industry leaders where students are introduced to people, topics, and career opportunities.
  • Discussions lead by experts in career and personal development.
  • Small group mentoring with AI faculty and graduate students.
  • Seminars regarding college preparation and post-graduate planning.
  • Social events with peers.
  • Small-group research project led by faculty or graduate students; projects focus on using AI for societal good.
  • Group presentations showcasing work at the end of the program.
Program Options:
  • 3-week*
  • Residential only

*For specific program dates see, the home page.

Selection Criteria

Students selected for the AI4All @ Carnegie Mellon program have the following qualities:

  • Have an experience that demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion in education, extra-curricular activities, or community engagement.
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in computer science.
  • No coding experience is necessary.

We strongly encourage students from the following backgrounds to apply:

Students historically excluded from the computer science field including, but not limited to:

  • Indigenous Peoples, Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Pacific Islander, and Southeast Asian.
  • Trans and non-binary; two-spirit; cis women and girls.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, and queer.
  • Low socioeconomic status, which may be indicated by eligibility for public assistance programs or free/reduced lunch
  • Raised in a home where English was a second language
  • Future first-generation college students (you’ll be the first in your home to obtain a bachelor’s degree).
  • Currently attending a high school with historically low rates of admittance to top-tier institutions.

Financial Need

AI4ALL @ Carnegie Mellon utilizes a holistic application review and admissions process, looking at the full application and selecting program participants based on a combination of factors. Because we are a no-cost program for participants, demonstrated financial need is one of these factors. 

Documentation of financial need is required for application submission. Documentation includes either tax documents or a completed NACAC Application Fee Waiver signed by your high school guidance department.  

Further information is below, but please feel free to reach out with questions to any of the following contacts: 

Students in any of the below categories are considered to demonstrate financial need:  

  • Students who have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
  • Students who are enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program (FRPL).
  • Students whose family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • Students who are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Students whose family receives public assistance.
  • Students who live in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home, or are homeless.
  • Students who are a ward of the state or an orphan.
  • Students who can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader. 

Eligibility and Application Requirements

To be eligible for AI4All @ Carnegie Mellon students must:
  • Be at least 16 years old by the program start date.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Students who are registered with DACA are also eligible.
  • Be a current sophomore or junior in high school at the time of application submission.
The complete application for AI4All @ Carnegie Mellon will consist of the following:
  • Online application
  • Unofficial high school transcript
  • Standardized test scores (optional)
  • One counselor recommendation (written by a school counselor or community-based organization advisor)
  • One teacher recommendation (written by a teacher in a STEM field)
  • Responses to essay prompts
Response to the following essay prompts (300-500 words):
  • What do you hope to gain from participating in Carnegie Mellon’s Pre-College Programs?
Responses to the following AI4All @ Carnegie Mellon short answer questions (300-500 words):
  • Please describe any obstacles that you have had to overcome in the pursuit of your scientific studies.
  • What does diversity and inclusion mean to you? Is diversity important in AI, why or why not? Describe your past efforts, as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in science and technology.
All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be considered. 

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders.

Inquiries concerning the application of and compliance with this statement should be directed to the university ombudsman, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-3930.

Obtain general information about Carnegie Mellon University by calling 412-268-2000.