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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.

Internships

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. You can apply at the Microsoft Careers site, but please also consult regional program application details below.

Internship program details

Internships in North America, Latin America, Europe

  • Applications for internships are accepted throughout the year; however, to be considered for a summer internship, we would advise applicants to completed their applications before Jan. 1.  Most summer internship offers will be made prior to April.  Intern application deadlines may vary by location.
  • 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 

Internships in the New England Lab

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 Time. At 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.

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.

Internships in ATL Cairo

The Microsoft Advanced Technology Lab in Cairo (ATL Cairo), is looking for interns who are passionate and motivated to learn and create. While academic merit, publications, and other experiences are notable, successful candidates also demonstrate enthusiasm and possess a commendable work ethic, team spirit, and communication skills.

How to Apply:

  1. Prepare: Update your resume or CV with your recent work
  2. Apply: Fill in the application form no later than March 15th.

Frequently asked questions

What internship experience can interns expect at Microsoft Research? Microsoft Research interns share many of the same job responsibilities as full-time team members. You will be given real work with real problems to solve. As an intern, you will collaborate with researchers and developers in your larger organization. In close collaboration with your mentor, you will define a project that satisfies your and Microsoft’s research interests.

When do internships take place? How long do internships last? Our internship is in 8 week blocks — this is so you can really dive into a project and make a significant contribution; however, in some cases, the internship may be extended up to 9 months long.

Do interns have to be Egyptians to apply for an internship in Egypt? We will consider all qualified candidates, regardless of citizenship or visa status. However, foreign applicants will be responsible to get their work visa.

What qualifications is Microsoft Research looking for in intern candidates? Candidates must be students enrolled in a relevant field of study, such as computer science, engineering, or social sciences with a focus on computer technology.

When do you accept applications? Applications for summer internships (July to August) are reviewed in May. Therefore, if you wish to be considered for a summer placement, the application submission starts in January.

How can I obtain a work visa? This will be obtained through the Egyptian Embassy.

What travel costs are involved? We will reimburse travel costs.

Are the beverages really free? This is absolutely true when you work at our Cairo offices.

How will I get started? During that first exciting week, we’ll orient you to your job and to Microsoft in general. You’ll be teamed up with a full-time mentor who will show you the ropes, give you advice, and help you get the most out of your internship.

Will I receive a salary? ATL Cairo’s intern salaries are highly competitive and compare favorably with intern salaries in other companies.

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.

 Full-time position details

*NEW* Redmond Lab - Knowledge Technologies Group artificial intelligence opportunities

The Knowledge Technologies Group of MSR mobilizes research and advanced technology projects by adapting, developing, and integrating state-of-the-art AI technology from areas such as natural language processing, text mining, machine learning, knowledge extraction, and knowledge representation, while building end-to-end interactive knowledge experiences in close collaboration with partners across MSR and product teams. We’re looking for an applied scientist with strong scientific, design and implementation skills to work on artificial intelligence projects with visibility at the highest levels of the company. Candidates who are passionate about developing algorithms for structural and semantic understanding of workplace communications (e.g., email, messaging, etc.) are of particular interest. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing solutions in various aspects of NLP, knowledge extraction, deep learning, knowledge representation, and serving, working closely with researchers and engineering teams across Microsoft. See the full job description

*NEW* Cambridge, UK Lab artificial intelligence opportunities

Researcher (AI) | Post Doc (AI) | Engineer (AI) Join the newly formed Microsoft Artificial Intelligence & Research team Recruiting Researchers and Engineers at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK. We are looking for exceptionally talented machine intelligence researchers and engineers. Research Engineer (HoloLens) | Research Scientist (HoloLens) The HoloLens Science team in Cambridge, UK, is a new, cutting-edge research team building the future for mixed reality. The team is growing, and we are looking for exceptionally talented computer vision and machine learning researchers and engineers: people who have strong backgrounds in both research and engineering. Machine Learning SDE | Sr Software Development Engineer Microsoft Research Cambridge is seeking talented software development engineers with machine learning experience to work on a new product being developed in the area of machine learning for healthcare.

New England Lab Post Doc opportunity in Machine Learning & Statistics

Machine learning and statistics research is at the core of Microsoft Research New England, an interdisciplinary lab of thirty full-time researchers and postdocs working in machine learning, statistics, computational biology, theoretical computer science, algorithmic game theory, economics, social media, cryptography and mathematics. We seek outstanding applicants for postdoctoral researchers in the area of machine learning / statistics or a related field. To apply, please see the application instructions. We will begin considering applications on December 12, 2016.

New York City Lab machine learning researcher opportunities

Deadline for Full Consideration: November 27, 2016

Microsoft Research NYC seeks outstanding and experienced applicants for full-time researcher positions in machine learning or a related field, such as statistics, computer vision, natural language processing, or other subfields of artificial intelligence. We welcome applicants at all levels, especially those with several years of experience as a professor, researcher or equivalent. We particularly seek applicants with expertise that is complementary to our own.

Microsoft Research offers an exhilarating and thriving environment for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research, both theoretical and applied, with access to an extraordinary diversity of big and small data sources, an open publications policy, and close links to top academic institutions around the world. We seek applicants from all areas of machine learning and related fields with a passion and demonstrated ability to craft and pursue an independent research program, including a strong publication record at top research venues and significant research experience beyond the doctorate or post-doctorate level. We especially welcome candidates who complement our efforts to expand the scope and effectiveness of machine learning approaches to both new and existing domains.

Researchers in our lab define their own research agenda, driving forward an effective program of basic and applied research. In addition to working on challenging and fundamental problems, they have the potential to realize their ideas in products and services used worldwide.

Microsoft Research New York City is the newest MSR lab, comprising roughly thirty full-time researchers and postdocs working in machine learning, systems, computational social science, algorithmic economics, information retrieval, and social media. The lab is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, and is actively engaged with the local academic and tech communities. The machine learning group includes Alekh Agarwal, Miroslav Dudík, John Langford, Robert Schapire, Alex Slivkins, Jenn Wortman Vaughan, and Hanna Wallach. For a sampling of recent publications, please see the MSR NYC Machine Learning website.

The ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • a PhD in computer science, electrical engineering, statistics, mathematics, or a related field;
  • significant research experience beyond the doctorate or post-doctorate level (although stellar junior candidates may also be considered);
  • a well-established research program demonstrated, for example, by journal and conference publications, and participation on program committees, editorial boards, etc.;
  • strong communication skills;
  • the ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment;
  • demonstrated leadership;
  • complementary expertise.

How to apply

To apply, submit an online application on the Microsoft Research Careers site. To be assured of full consideration, all materials, including reference letters, need to be received by November 27, 2016. Applications received after that date may or may not be considered. In completing your application, please be sure to follow these additional instructions:

  • In addition to submitting your CV and the names of at least three references, as required by the online application, please also upload the following three attachments:
    • two conference or journal articles, book chapters, or equivalent writing samples (uploaded as two separate attachments);
    • an academic research statement (approximately 3-4 pages) that outlines your research achievements and agenda.
  • Indicate that your research area of interest is “Machine Learning, Adaptation, and Intelligence” and that your location preference is “New York.” Include “Robert Schapire” as the name of a Microsoft Research contact (you may include additional contacts as well). Note: If you do not mark these preferences, it is very unlikely that we will receive your application.

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, that they might not be automatically requested for all candidates. You may wish to alert your letter writers in advance so they will be ready to submit your letter by our application deadline of November 27, 2016. You can check the progress on individual reference requests by clicking the status tab within your application page.

New England post-doc opportunities and deadlines

This year, MSR New England welcomes applicants with a strong academic record the following areas:

  • Computational Biology
    • In your application, select the “Computational Biology” research area
    • Note: qualified candidates should view the Computational Biology project page for more specific application guidance
    • Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled
  • Machine Learning, Statistics, and Artificial Intelligence, including both theory and applications
    • In your application, select the “Machine Learning, Statistics, & Artificial Intelligence” research area
  • Theoretical Computer Science: including algorithms, algorithmic game theory, and mathematics
    • In your application, select the “Algorithms & Theory” research area
  • Economics & Computation

MSR New England Application Deadlines: To ensure full consideration, MSR New England asks you to ensure your application is complete by Monday, November 28, 2016.

  • A complete application includes three submitted letters of reference.
  • Applications may be reviewed after the deadlines, subject to availability.

New York City Lab post-doc opportunities and deadlines

The New York City lab is an exciting place to work, and we are currently hiring post-docs in the areas of Systems, Computational Social Science and Machine Learning.

  • To apply, submit an online application via the Microsoft Research Careers tool.  To be assured of full consideration, all materials, including reference letters, need to be received by the deadline noted below.  Applications received after that date may or may not be considered.  As you apply, please be sure to follow the additional instructions below.
  • On your application, be sure to indicate your area of interest and note the deadlines for each area. If you do not mark these preferences, it is very unlikely that we will receive your application.
    • Interested in Systems? Indicate that your research area of interest is “Computer Systems and Networking” and that your location preference is “New York”. Include “Siddhartha Sen” as the name of a Microsoft Research contact (you may include additional contacts as well). Applications for Systems positions must be received by December 15, 2016. See the Systems Research NYC group page for more details on this group.
    • Interested in Machine Learning? Indicate that your research area of interest is “Machine Learning, Adaptation, and Intelligence” and that your location preference is “New York.”  Include “Robert Schapire” as the name of a Microsoft Research contact (you may include additional contacts as well). Applications for Machine Learning positions must be received by November 27, 2016. See the Machine Learning NYC group page for details on this position and the Machine Learning group.
    • Interested in Computational Social Science? Indicate that your research area of interest is “Computational Social Science” and that your location preference is “New York”. Include any Microsoft Research contacts you may have. Applications for Computational Social Science positions must be received by December 31, 2016. See the Computational Social Science group page for more details on this group.
  • In addition to submitting your CV and the names of three references (including your dissertation advisor) as required by the online application, please also upload the following three attachments:
    • two conference or journal articles, book chapters, or equivalent writing samples (uploaded as two separate attachments);
    • an academic research statement (approximately 3-4 pages) that outlines your research achievements and agenda.

After you submit your application, a request for letters will be sent to your list of references on your behalf.  Note: The application system will not request reference letters until after you have submitted your application.  You may wish to alert your letter writers in advance so that they will be ready to submit your letter by our application deadline.  You can check the progress on individual reference requests by clicking the status tab within your application page.

How to apply for a post-doc researcher position

Post-doc researcher positions provide an opportunity to develop your research career and interact with some of the top minds in the research community, with the potential to have your research realized in products and services that will be used worldwide. Post-doc researchers are invited to define their own research agenda and demonstrate their ability to drive forward an effective program of research. Qualifications for post-doc researchers include a strong academic record in computer science or relevant technical area. Applicants must have completed the requirements for a PhD, including submission of their thesis, prior to joining Microsoft Research. Post-doc researchers receive a competitive salary and benefits package, and are eligible for relocation expenses. Post-doc researchers are hired for a two-year fixed term appointment. To be considered for employment for any post-doctorate we require the following:

  • CV
  • Publications list
  • Research statement
  • At least three letters of recommendation
  • Completion of the requirements for a PhD, including submission of thesis, prior to joining Microsoft Research.

To apply for any post-doc position, go to the online application and apply as follows:

  1. Indicate your location of interest and research area
  2. Upload contact information for at least three references, including your advisor. After applying, monitor closely the status of each of your requested letters of recommendation, as your application is considered “incomplete” until three letters of reference have been submitted. You can check the status of your application, including progress on individual reference requests, at any time by clicking the Status tab within your application page.
  1. Leverage the “Microsoft Research Contacts” feature. By listing Researchers who know you and your work, you ensure they will be notified of your application.

For any additional questions, see the FAQ or email our recruiting team. Specific Lab Guidance: See any Lab-specific information below

Research positions

Engineering positions

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