About the Academies

Are you ready to jump in? Below, you’ll find an overview of our program details, application timeline and answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) to learn more!

The Snap Academies application has closed for 2022, but we look forward to seeing your application in 2023! Join our
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We know you’re excited (or maybe curious). Let’s try to answer as many questions about our process upfront. 

Dates to remember

What should I do to get ready before the application launch?

When do applications open? March 3, 2022 8:00 am PST/ 11:00 am ET.
When is the deadline to apply? April 8, 2022 11:59 pm PST/ 2:59 AM ET.
When do the academies start? The four Snap Academies start on June 13, 2022 and end on August 5, 2022. There will be a final showcase on August 12, 2022.

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Before you apply

What should I do to get ready before the application launch?

Great question! We encourage you to update your resume as a starter! If you have a LinkedIn profile or even a webpage or Github with your work samples (a portfolio), update those as well.

We’ll be hosting a series of information sessions, office hours (resume building and application support), and skills workshops leading up to the application deadline.

Check them out in the Events tab↗

During the application process

What can I expect to happen as I’m going through the application process? 

Here’s what you can expect about this year’s process which is broken down into stages.

All application materials can be found in the Apply Now Tab↗


You’ll select the Academy application, upload your resume, and fill out a few background questions. Then, you’ll take a self assessment of your skills for the specific Academy. 

The deadline to submit the pre-screen application is April 8th, 2022 by 11:59 PM PT/ 2:59 AM ET. However, we encourage you to submit the pre-screen application as soon as possible, even before the deadline. 

Stage 1: Video Questions

If selected, you’ll receive an email with instructions to record responses to some video prompts via our application website.

The hiring committee will review your video application and determine if you will move forward into Stage 2 of the process.

Stage 2: Project-based Assessment

If selected, you’ll get the opportunity to showcase your current skills. We want to understand where you’re at in your learning journey. 

You’ll have a few days to complete an assessment and submit. The hiring committee, which includes former instructors from each of the Snap Academies, will review your assessment submission and determine if you move forward to the final stage.

Final stage: Interview

If selected, you’ll schedule a 30 minute interview slot. You’ll interview with a current Snap employee, who’s interested in learning more about you! 

The hiring committee will make final decisions by May 13, 2022 - one month before the start of the Snap Academies 2022.

After you apply

What can I expect after I apply, interview, and get selected?

Scholars who are accepted into a Snap Academy will be notified via email and phone by no later than May 16th. Here’s what you can expect leading up to the start:

  • Commitment forms (signed by you)
  • Welcome packet (from us)
  • Scholar Orientation
  • Officially start the program on June 13, 2022!

We cannot emphasize how excited we are to see your applications! The Snap Academy applications are now live. Find them here.

We know some other questions might have popped up as you were reviewing our timeline. Take a look below - please read carefully.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • For all four Snap Academies, eligible candidates must be 18+, community college students (or recent transfers) and/or opportunity youth
  • For the Snap Design Academy, Snap Engineering Academy, and Snap Storytelling Academy, candidates must reside in Southern California
  • For the Snap Lens Academy, applications are open to all US-based candidates

How many scholars will be chosen for the academies?

15 Scholars will be selected for each of the four academies.

What is the time commitment?

The Snap Academies are a full-time commitment for nine weeks. They will be held Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm PT.

Will the academies be in-person or virtual?

  • The Snap Design Academy, Snap Engineering Academy, and Snap Storytelling Academy will all be held in-person at one of the Snap offices in Los Angeles.
  • The Snap Lens Academy will be held virtually.

What COVID-19 protocols will be in place for the in-person Snap Academies?

Masking is required. There will be a daily check-in and self-reported COVID-19/wellness screening. There will be weekly on-site, Snap-administered COVID-19 testing.

Do I get paid?

All Scholars will be provided with an academy scholarship which also includes funds for academy expenses.

Can I apply to more than one academy?

Yes, you may apply to more than one academy; however, please review the minimum requirements and preferred qualifications to ensure you are a good fit for each program.

Can I participate in more than one academy?

Unfortunately, no. Each Snap Academy is a full-time commitment and they will be held at the same time.