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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. 

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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.

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 U.S. government staff. 

Congressional AI Lab

  • Applications for the Fall 2023 Congressional AI Lab are now open and close October 13.
  • 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 27, November 3, November 17, December 1, December 8, and December 15.
  • The first session of the series will held in-person at the Wilson Center (with the option to webcast in) and all following sessions will be held virtually on Zoom.

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Executive Branch AI Lab

  • Applications for the Fall 2023 Executive Branch AI Lab closed August 25.
  • 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 8, September 15, September 22, September 29, October 13, and October 20.
  •  Four out of six sessions will take place in-person at the Wilson Center (with the option to listen-in virtually) and the remaining two sessions will take place virtually on Zoom.