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Process and Requirements

The Visitor Program provides CSAIL Alliance Program (CAP) member organizations with a framework for interacting with our researchers, students, and post docs to conduct valuable research, exchange information and develop collaborations. Once at CSAIL, the CAP team will meet with visiting industry researchers once a month or more (if necessary), suggest a schedule of events, workshops and lectures of interest for the visitor to take advantage of during their time at CSAIL, schedule English lessons (if necessary) and assist with the coordination of activities within CSAIL and MIT.

There are a limited number of appointments available each year. To be considered for an appointment as a visiting industry researcher:

1.  The proposed visiting researcher must be an employee of a CAP (CSAIL Alliance Program) member
     company. Visit our Members page for a complete list of our members or you are welcome to request

     information on how to become a member under Contacts.

2.  The member company must send the resumes of proposed visiting industry researchers to the selection
     committee at least 6 months prior to the desired appointment start date, along 
with an assignment   

3.  The selection committee will review the resumes and contact the requested researchers.

4.  The visiting industry researcher must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and 5 years experience
     and/or a Masters Degree in a Computer Science discipline or a PhD.

5.  The visiting industry researcher must have a technical proficiency in the area of research he/she seeks
     to join.

6.  The candidate must possess sufficiency in the English language to successfully participate in their
     program of study. This will be proven through one of the following methods:
                - A recognized English language test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.
                - Signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school
                - A documented interview conducted by the sponsor either in person, by videoconferencing or
                  telephone (if videoconferencing is not a viable option).

7.   The candidate must identify the researcher(s) s/he wishes to work with, while enrolled in the program.

8.   If there is a fit in terms of skill set, space and schedules, the researcher will request a Skype interview
      with the proposed industry researcher.

9.   If the Skype interview is successful, the researcher will request the appointment from the Lab Director
      on behalf of the visiting industry researcher.

10. If the Lab Director approves the appointment, a welcome letter and appointment for the visiting industry
      researcher will follow, along with visa information (if applicable, and Visitor Program information and
      CSAIL on-boarding materials.

11. Review and sign the MIT IPIA agreement form. All visiting researchers involved in research at MIT are
      required to sign a Visiting Scientist Invention and Proprietary Information