Hardware Product Sprint (HPS)

  • Overview

    Learn what it takes to be a Google Hardware Engineer

    Google's Hardware Product Sprint (HPS) will introduce you to the product development process for consumer electronics by challenging you to design and build your own product. Depending on your experience, background, and interests, you can select one of two tracks that HPS is offering:

    Mechanical Engineering: The course will introduce mechanical design concepts to create a high volume manufacturable product. This includes initial concept development, prototyping and device assembly.

    Electrical Engineering: The course will cover microcontrollers, PCB design, assembly, and testing. The end result will be a working prototype of a consumer product.

    Both tracks include:

    • Courses that identify some of the fundamentals of engineering that appear often in the consumer electronics space.
    • Materials, resources, and tools to design, ideate, and build a product.
    • A Google Hardware Engineer mentor who will serve as your product advisor over the course of the 12 weeks.
    • Opportunities to interact with Google Hardware engineers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.
    • A group of 1-3 peers who you’ll collaborate with and bounce ideas off of in order to build out your individual products.
    • Exposure and insight into Google’s internship programs and technical career opportunities.
  • Eligibility

    Eligibility

    Students from all college institutions, and students who identify with a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry, including but not limited to Black, Hispanic, Native American, students with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

    This application is intended for candidates that will be located in the United States during the program. If you do not meet this requirement, please consider applying for international opportunities on our careers site.

    To apply, students must meet the following minimum qualifications at the start of the program (Thursday, June 3):

    • For the 2021-2022 academic year, be enrolled as either a:
      • first year student in a Master’s degree program, or,
      • senior in a four year BA/BS program that intends to pursue a Master’s degree.
    • At least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program
    • Will participate in the virtual program from the United States.
    • Pursuing a technical degree in any of the following areas of study:
      • Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Product Design.
    • Able to commit 8 hours per week during the 12 weeks of the program.
  • FAQ

    FAQ

    What is the Hardware Product Sprint? The HPS is an immersive, virtual experience that — through the development of a technical product —will highlight the fundamentals of engineering (either mechanical or electrical depending on your area of interest) in consumer electronics, illustrate the product development process, and allow students to flex their lab skills. Throughout the program, students will have opportunities to connect with industry professionals in technical roles in consumer electronics and will be introduced to various opportunities.

    Who is eligible to apply? To apply, students must meet the following minimum qualifications at the start of the program (Thursday, June 3):

    • For the 2021-2022 academic year, be enrolled as either a:
      • first year student in a Master’s degree program, or,
      • senior in a four year BA/BS program that intends to pursue a Master’s degree.
    • At least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program
    • Will participate in the virtual program from the United States.
    • Pursuing a technical degree in any of the following areas of study:
      • Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Product Design.
    • Able to commit 8 hours per week during the 12 weeks of the program.

    What is the length of the program? The program is a total of 12 weeks: Thursday, June 3 - Friday, August 27, 2021. During this time, you will work virtually with the guidance of a Google Hardware Engineer who will serve as your Product Advisor.

    What is the time commitment of the program? Participants should plan to commit 8 hours a week to HPS during the 12 weeks of the program from Thursday, June 3 to August 27.

    When will I find out if I’ve been selected? We will review all applications after the application closes on April 25. We’ll be reaching out to all students to notify them of our decision in early May 2021.

    Do I need to be accepted or enrolled in a Master’s program to apply? No. HPS is open to rising first year Master’s students and rising seniors in a four year BA/BS program that intend to pursue a Master’s degree. Rising seniors do not need to know their post-undergraduate plans to apply to HPS, but the program is designed for students who plan to continue their education after receiving their undergraduate degree.

    What if I’m going into my fifth year of an undergraduate degree program or part of a co-op program? If you’re a rising 5th year student or participating in a co-op program, you are still eligible to apply.

    What if I’m located in Puerto Rico? Students located in Puerto Rico are eligible to participate in HPS.

    What is the short answer prompt? The Hardware Product Sprint is an opportunity to grow your skills and gain exposure to the product development process in the consumer electronics industry. This program will require you to be responsible for the build out of your own product in 12 weeks and you will likely encounter some bumps along the way. In 500 words or less, please tell us about a time when you had to independently solve a complex problem where there wasn’t a clear path to a solution and/or you didn’t have all of the information that you needed at the outset. Some questions you should consider in your response: How did you fail throughout that process? How did you respond to those failures? How did you get back on track to what you needed to get done? What did you learn? Looking back now, what would you do differently?

    How do I submit my transcript and resume?

    1. Merge your resume and transcript into a single PDF.
    2. Upload file to your Google Drive account (available with Gmail accounts).
    3. Title the doc with your lastname_firstname_materials” e.g. “Potter_Harry_Materials"
    4. Share the document indicating that anyone with the link can view.
    5. Copy the URL and include the link in the application form.

    Do I need to submit an official transcript? My No, an unofficial transcript is all you need. Please make sure that we can easily read the transcript copy you submit. A PDF format is preferred.

    I’ve already submitted my application but I’d like to update my resume and/or transcript. Am I able to do so? You can update your resume and/or transcript by updating the original Drive link you shared or emailing hps-program@google.com. The deadline to update is April 25 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Once the application closes, we’ll be unable to update your documents.

    Are students paid for their participation in HPS? No, students are not paid for their participation in HPS.

    Is the program all-expense paid? Yes, for the design and creation of your product, Google will cover the cost of the materials you’ll need in order to get it started.

    Other questions? Don’t see your question answered on this page? Please email hps-team@google.com with additional inquiries.