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Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the world’s best researchers, interns learn, collaborate, and network for life.
Interns not only advance their own careers but also contribute to exciting research and development strides.
During the 12-week internship, students are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other interns and researchers, present findings, and contribute to the vibrant life of the community.
Research internships are available in all areas of research, and are offered year-round, though they typically begin in the summer.
Training & Development
Special Projects at Microsoft Research is offering a research internship with a focus on the impact of AI on society. The aim is to understand and inform the ways foundation model AI can benefit society across four themes: the economy, governance and policy, equity, and human flourishing. The intern will join an interdisciplinary working group of computational social scientists, data scientists, economists, computer scientists, and designers to understand, forecast, and/or innovate technology at the intersection of AI and one of these themes.
Salary & Benefits
The base pay range for this internship is from $ 6,290 to $12,170 per month. Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with Microsoft and the country's work location.
U.S.-based Ph.D., University, and Explore interns have access to medical and vision insurance, paid sick time (salaried interns accrue at 3.34 hours per pay period worked; hourly interns accrue at .03846 hours per hour worked), paid federal holidays, and software discounts.
Puget Sound-based Ph.D., University, and Explore interns gain access to a bus pass and a fitness club membership.
Discovery interns are not eligible for healthcare benefits or a fitness club membership, but they have access to paid sick time (accrued at .03846 hours per hour worked), paid federal holidays, software discounts, and a bus pass.
Research Internships at Microsoft provide a dynamic environment for research careers with a network of world-class research labs led by globally-recognized scientists and engineers. The researchers and engineers pursue innovation in a range of scientific and technical disciplines to help solve complex challenges in diverse fields, including computing, healthcare, economics, and the environment.
Microsoft value and support flexibility as part of its hybrid workplace where every employee can do their best work by working the way they work best. A hybrid workplace is a mix of workstyles across three dimensions: work site, work location, and work hours.
Culture & Vibe
Microsoft’s work culture relies on some key elements including quality, innovation, giving, accountability, responsiveness, positive mindset, and diversity. The company ensures the capability to address needs in the dynamic computer market and boost innovation. The current structure is suited to influence the performance of employees to achieve big and help everyone around the world achieve more.
Must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in computer science (including HCI and design) or a related STEM field (including data science), or a field or program at the intersection of computational and social sciences, such as in economics or sociology.
Interns are expected to be physically located in their manager’s Microsoft worksite location for the duration of their internship.
Demonstrated ability to develop original research agendas.
Must be able to collaborate effectively with other researchers.
Excellent interpersonal skills, cross-group, and cross-culture collaboration.
Ability to think unconventionally to derive creative and innovative solutions.
Understanding of LLMs and other foundation models.
R or Python proficiency.
How to Apply
You’ll need to submit a minimum of two reference letters for this position.
After you submit your application, a request for letters may be sent to your list of references on your behalf. Note that reference letters cannot be requested until after you have submitted your application, and furthermore, they might not be automatically requested for all candidates.
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You should have or be completing the following to apply for this opportunity.
Degree or Certificate
Minimum Level of Study
Doctorate (PhD) or higher
Computer Science (all other)
Computer Systems and Networks
Programming & Software Engineering
The opportunity is available to applicants in any of the following categories.