Need internship referral in ML

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Jul 30, 2018 18 Comments

I’m a rising sophomore interested in interning during the 2019 summer in the bay/seattle. I know it’s early but I was hoping somebody would refer me.

I spend a lot of time playing with Keras and TF. I’ve made several different deep learning image classifiers (more than MNIST) and assist research in informatics (visual adversarial attacks on NN).

I was hoping something for Microsoft/goog/nvidia/Apple/Amazon etc.

TC: 4K/ month + free oatmeal for breakfast at cafeteria (with the brown sugar)

Lmk if I’m in way over my head or something

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  • Google GoogGoogl
    Coursework will matter more since you're a sophomore. What's the largest dataset you've worked with? Any experience with FlumeTFX, production scale ML?
    Jul 30, 2018 9
    • Cisco / Eng EdhPf70
      The final result (accuracy ...) but more important the complexity of the project and challenges that you encountered and how you solved them (in regards to the data set, the model etc.) If you only care about size you can do one of the image net tutorials but I don't think that's the point necessarily
      Jul 30, 2018
    • Lam Research / Eng
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      @EdhPf70 I’m glad this was legitimate guidance and not a cheap joke. I’ll be sure to document those hurdles in the future
      Jul 30, 2018
    • Google GoogGoogl
      Real talk there are enough Phd research scientists at FANG with 5+ years of exp. What they need is people to do data science alongside them and implement the ML models in production. If you go a PhD you can get into research science but for now your best bet is being a research engineer and doing data science in addition. Plenty of roles like this.
      Jul 30, 2018
    • Lam Research / Eng
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      The long term goal is a PhD. That Andrew Szegedy guy at goog lives the dream
      Jul 30, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng EdhPf70
      Glad I could help. Good luck!
      Jul 30, 2018
  • Walmart.com / Eng Meh!
    Focus on data structures. Being a sophomore, it’s highly unlikely that you will get to develop an ML model right away. They might put you into data labeling (not easy as it seems should it be done correctly) or in the best case implementation.

    Make a GitHub repo, put all your work there. If you want to play with big datasets, for image domain, ImageNet is the way to go, but not necessary imho. I would find it crazy if interviewers expect you to have worked on production scale projects. Make a webiste if you are into it or at the very least, make your LinkedIn impeccable. Contact recruiters and managers.

    Classification and GANs are trending right now so that should help. Take a good paper in GAN domain and implement it, if you achieve it.. that is something to brag about!

    I wish you good luck! You are very proactive given you are so young.

    P.S. I really liked your TC and free oatmeal part. Made me smile.
    Jul 30, 2018 3
    • Lam Research / Eng
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      Thank you for the feedback. I’ve implemented several primitive versions of research papers but I’ll see if I can take that a step or two further.

      The funny thing is I eat oatmeal at home every day too!
      Jul 30, 2018
    • Walmart.com / Eng Meh!
      How you project yourself is very important now-a-days. So pay attention to how you explain your solution. I have seen some people fail because they couldn’t explain their solution.
      Jul 30, 2018
    • Lam Research / Eng
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      I’m not sure I totally get it. In the case of using alexnet for feature classification would it be the person not understanding exactly how Alexnet works? If not this could you explain more?
      Jul 30, 2018
  • eBay YmMg60
    Being a sophomore, just machine learning knowledge and the familiarity of relevant frameworks is not going to be enough to crack the companies you have mentioned. You need to show good skills in Data Structures and Algorithms as well as most of the interviews will focus on that primarily. You can always express your interest in the specific fields later on. Leetcode / GeeksforGeeks should help. Though your side projects will add value as well :)
    Jul 30, 2018 1
    • Lam Research / Eng
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      I’ll hop on the leetcode bandwagon then. I’ve done quite well in my course work but I’ll need work if i have to answer any serious Q’s on the spot
      Jul 30, 2018
  • Google King Kai
    Ah keen youngins ahead of the game already. Keep working hard and get that PhD
    Jul 30, 2018 1
    • Lam Research / Eng
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      Oh stop it you
      Jul 30, 2018