Fuel the future

Fuel the future

Join a brilliant team of researchers working to solve technology’s most exciting challenges.

Join a first-rate researcher network at the forefront of creative solutions to critical technological challenges. Working in research at Microsoft, you’ll have the opportunity, resources and support to work on meaningful projects within and across disciplines.


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.

Graduate student interns join us from disciplines spanning computer science, art, sociology and information science, and they contribute to the development, design and study of social computing systems. Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to the exciting R&D strides our researchers are making.

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.

Internships are available in all areas of research. Every Lab, and every Group, is looking for interns to join them. In the application process we’ll work with you to find the opportunity that best aligns with your interests.

Internships are offered year round, though they typically begin in the summer. All internships are paid. Each internship location offers a unique cultural experience. And, we’ll help with visa applications where needed.

Internship program details

Research internships in North America, Latin America, Europe

  • Applications are accepted throughout the year, however to be considered for an internship an application should be completed before January 1st. Most internships are filled prior to April.
  • If you are interested in opportunities at multiple Research lab locations, you only need to complete one application.
  • If you know the researcher, Lab or Group that you want to work with, be sure to include that on your application.
  • For details about specific Labs and locations, please see their respective pages.

Apply and find more information on applying for internships 

Research internships in India

Microsoft Research India conducts world-class research in computer science and related areas. We present regularly at international conferences and publish in research journals; and we also work closely with Microsoft’s product groups to transfer research ideas into Microsoft products. Microsoft Research India currently has seven research groups engaged in fundamental and applied research, and one group that is charged with advanced development and prototyping of research ideas.

Internships in Microsoft Research India are either research internships or software-development internships. Research interns work with Microsoft Research’s full-time researchers on research topics that often lead to research publications. Development interns work with researchers and software engineers to develop a prototype application that implements a research idea or on an independent software project.

Our goals for internships are two-fold:

  • Interns help us conduct world-class research and thus impact Microsoft.
  • Microsoft Research provides an environment where interns may experience an industrial research and development setting.

The work environment for interns in Microsoft Research India is flexible and independent, with mentorships tailored individually for each intern. Projects are chosen after discussions with mentors, aiming at defining a project of mutual interest. Interns co-author publications about research to which they contribute. If they lead the research effort, they will be the primary author. Many of our former interns are now enrolled in PhD programs at the world’s best research universities and have taken research positions in academia and industry.

We accept interns at various levels in their academic life — from undergraduate students to PhD candidates — and from all over the world, including, but not limited to, India, the United States, Brazil, Ghana, Malta, and Pakistan.

Travel to Bangalore We will reimburse you for costs of travel to and from Bangalore.

Leisure TimeAt Microsoft Research, we work hard and play hard! Work itself is usually fun, but we also offer “extracurricular” activities throughout the year, from movie nights to bowling, from dancing to field trips. Bangalore has wonderful weather all year round, which makes it perfect for activities throughout the year. We count on our interns to keep these activities lively!

Free Beverages at Work This is a Microsoft tradition from its first years. Unlimited sugar and caffeine.

Intern Orientation and Mentoring During the first week, you will participate in an intern orientation and learn about your internship, your team, and Microsoft in general. You will meet with your mentor, an advisor who will show you the ropes, give you advice, and help you get the most out of your internship.

Salary Microsoft Research intern salaries are highly competitive and compare favorably with intern salaries in other companies.

Apply for an internship.

Research internships in Asia-Pacific

Microsoft Research Asia’s internship program, aptly named Stars of Tomorrow, has welcomed more than 3,000 students from countries worldwide, and excels in establishing a thriving environment for top researchers. Each intern has the choice to focus on either research or development. Housing, or equivalent housing allowance, is provided to interns.

  • Learn about Microsoft Research Asia and associated Groups
  • Interns are hired year round, and typically are 12 weeks in length
  • If you don’t speak Chinese, we suggest learning some Chinese before arrival. At Microsoft Research Asia, all mentors and interns can speak English fluently, and it is the primary language for daily work. However, fluent English conversations in China are rare, so knowing some Chinese would be helpful. We provide quarterly sessions of Chinese language training for non-Chinese speaking students.

To APPLY download the application form, and then send the completed form along with your resume or CV to msraih@microsoft.com.

Apply for other internships at Microsoft

For summer internships in other areas of Microsoft, please see University Careers for additional information and guidance on how to apply.

Full-time Positions

Microsoft works with the world’s best researchers, moving with the current of technology as it rapidly evolves. Together we share the motivation to seek innovative solutions to the world’s toughest challenges and improve the lives of people everywhere.

We seek research candidates with PhDs and a proven track record of published papers and participation on program committees, advisory panels and editorial boards. The ideal researcher has outstanding communication skills and the ability to develop original research agendas, while still being a team player in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Many opportunities are also available for qualified engineers and developers within research teams worldwide. These groups offer the best of both worlds: deep thinking research aspects, and fast-paced entrepreneurial execution.

Researcher positions

Search for Researcher job descriptions in Europe and Asia Apply for all Researcher positions here

Engineering positions

Search and apply to Research Software Development Engineers (RSDE) jobs Search and apply to Software Development Engineers (SDE) jobs

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity. At Microsoft, we believe that diversity enriches our performance and products, the communities where we live and work, and the lives of our employees. As our workforce evolves to reflect the growing diversity of our communities and the global marketplace, our efforts to understand, value, and incorporate differences become increasingly important. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

“What gets me up in the morning is to realize what I dream about.“

Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher

Microsoft Research Alumni Network

Check out the new LinkedIn Microsoft Research Alumni Network group if you were formerly an employee or intern at Microsoft Research. Share, reconnect and network with colleagues who were and are pivotal to driving innovation that empowers every person on the planet.