Looking to enter the Artificial Intelligence (AI) profession? Or advance in the field? Join the Artificial Intelligence Academy.

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Academy at NC State University offers industry credentials and paid apprenticeships to individuals interested in entering or advancing in the emerging field of AI. While completing online coursework for one of two certificate options, apprentices work at least 20 hours per week with industry partners.

Why AI Academy?

  • No cost because industry partners or sponsoring companies cover cost for coursework
  • Receive salary for 20-hour-per-week apprenticeship for duration of the program
  • Complete all coursework 100% online in less than one year
  • Learn from nationally recognized experts in AI
  • Open to individuals with backgrounds in CS or IT anywhere in the U.S.

Qualified Applicants

  • Professionals currently working in computer science (CS) or information technology (IT) fields
  • Unemployed or underemployed individuals who have a combination of experience in CS or IT and coursework or a degree
  • Individuals from underrepresented groups, veterans and other transitioning military populations

Two levels of training and certifications:

Basic AI

  • 20 weeks of a part-time paid apprenticeship
  • Two online courses: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining

Advanced AI

  • For participants who complete the Basic AI track or for individuals already working in entry-level AI positions who want to deepen their expertise
  • 20 weeks of a part-time paid apprenticeship for those not currently working in AI
  • Two online courses: Machine Learning and Human Computer Interaction

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Start dates for program:


First cohort of Basic AI apprentices begins


First cohort of Advanced AI apprentices begins



Second cohort of Basic AI apprentices begins


Second cohort of Advanced AI apprentices begins