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Artificial Intelligence Lab

Artificial intelligence issues occupy a growing share of the Legislative and Executive Branch agendas; every day, staff encounter policy challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence across sectors—from finance to defense, education to health. It is critical that staff be well-versed in this technology and its most recent advancements.

What the Congressional and Executive Branch Labs Offer

Similar to the Wilson Center’s other technology training programs (e.g. the Congressional Cybersecurity Lab and the Foreign Policy Fellowship Program), the core of the AI Lab is a six-week seminar series that introduces participants to foundational topics in AI. This includes topics such as: What is machine learning? How do neural networks work? What are the current and future applications of autonomous intelligent systems? Who are currently the main players in AI? What will AI mean for the nation’s national security?

Each seminar is led by top technologists and scholars from the private, public, and non-profit sectors, and a critical component of the Lab is an interactive exercise, in which participants are given an opportunity to take a hands-on role on computers to work through some of the major questions surrounding artificial intelligence. Although the Lab is free to participate in, acceptance into the program is competitive due to the limited number of space in the program. We encourage you to provide thoughtful responses to the application questions. 

Please reach out to Sophie.Goguichvili@wilsoncenter.org with any inquiries.

Weekly Session Topics: Artificial Intelligence (AI) 101 | Bias, Transparency, and Fairness in AI Systems | Hands-on Workshop in Data Science and Machine Learning | National Security, AI, and Innovation | China and AI | AI 102: Applications and Use Cases 

All sessions will take place on Fridays from 2:00-4:00pm EDT. 

Alumni Program

Participants who attend at least 5 out of 6 sessions join the AI Lab Alumni Network. Alumni are invited to take part in exclusive Wilson Center events and programs, including private briefings, workshops, study trips, and high-level roundtables. During the seminar series, participants will also be in a position to draw on the expertise of the 150 resident scholars the Wilson Center hosts each year, a global network of academics and policymakers.

As of Summer 2024 Alumni are also invited to apply for our new Advanced AI Labs. See the "Upcoming Labs" sections below for information about schedules. 

Who Should Apply

The AI Lab is divided into two separate series: one that is offered for mid- to senior-level Congressional staff, and another that is offered for mid- to senior-level Executive Branch staff. The program is also open to exceptional rising leaders with a keen interest in AI. Applicants should possess a strong understanding of the legislative or Executive Branch governing process and aspire to a career shaping national security policy. 
 

Note: At this time, the Wilson Center Technology Labs are only available to US government staff and applications for the two pilot Advanced AI Labs will only be open to alumni of our Congressional and Executive Branch AI Labs.

 

Upcoming Labs 

Summer 2024 Advanced Congressional AI Lab

  • Applications for the Summer 2024 Advanced Congressional AI Lab will open June 11 and close June 21.
  • Applicants will be notified of a decision no later than two weeks before the start of the series.
  • Weekly sessions will take place on July 12, July 26, August 9, August 16, August 23,  September 6.
  • The Wilson Center's AI Lab will be bringing back more of its sessions in-person. As such, four sessions of the AI Lab will take place in-person at the Wilson Center. 

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Fall 2024 Advanced Executive Branch AI Lab

  • Applications for the Fall 2024 Advanced Executive Branch AI Lab will open August 12 and close August 26.
  • Applicants will be notified of a decision no later than two weeks before the start of the series.
  • Weekly sessions will take place on September 6, September 13, September 20, September 27, October 4, and October 18. 
  • The Wilson Center's AI Lab will be bringing back more of its sessions in-person. As such, four sessions of the AI Lab will take place in-person at the Wilson Center. 

Winter 2024 Executive AI Lab  

  • Applications for the Winter 2024 Executive AI Lab will open September 13 and close October 11.
  • Applicants will be notified of a decision no later than two weeks before the start of the series.
  • Weekly sessions will take place on October 25, November 1, November 15, November 22, December 6, and December 13. 
  • The Wilson Center's AI Lab will be bringing back more of its sessions in-person. As such, four sessions of the AI Lab will take place in-person at the Wilson Center.