- DeepMind said it was suspending the hiring of new interns while it reviews its “strategic priorities”.
- One candidate tweeted that their interview was canceled an hour before it was supposed to start.
- Another said she was “disgusted” he froze hiring and said the “tech hiring freeze is hitting hard.”
DeepMind has imposed a hiring freeze on new interns at the Alphabet-owned company.
The artificial intelligence company told Insider on Friday that it is not welcoming new interns at this time as it reviews how its “long-term focus” and “strategic priorities” fit into the training program. internships.
A candidate tweeted Wednesday that his interview with DeepMind for an intern role was canceled an hour before it was supposed to take place and shared a screenshot of the email he received.
The candidate wrote, “Disappointed and shocked to hear that DeepMind has ‘paused’ hiring an intern and canceled all scheduled interviews, just an hour before my interview…Does anyone know more details?”
Another Budding DeepMind Intern tweeted that she was “gutted” to hear about the freeze as she had reached the last round of the hiring process. “The tech hiring freeze is hitting hard,” she added.
A DeepMind spokesperson told Insider, “We have paused the hiring of new interns at this time as we review how our internship program aligns with our long-term goal and strategic priorities as a organization. We are in communication with all applicants and are grateful for the time they have invested in the process thus far.”
A third candidate from his internship program tweeted that it would have been a “dream come true” to work for the DeepMind program, but he didn’t make it through the whole process because of the hiring freeze.
Several big tech companies have suspended hiring new employees or downsized this year amid a looming recession.
Earlier this month, an Amazon hiring manager announced it was putting a “pause on additional new hires.” Director Beth Galetti said the e-commerce giant still plans to hire “a significant number” of new employees next year.
Tech giants such as Meta and Twitter have made massive workforce reductions to cut costs. Meta laid off around 11,000 employees – 13% of its workforce – while Elon Musk laid off nearly half of Twitter’s workforce earlier this month after taking over the platform.
Insider reached out to all three contestants for comment and did not receive a response.