Microsoft Research Lab – Cambridge

Internships

 

Read about an example of internship work undertaken at MSR Cambridge

Build your skills and experience

“Here, what you contribute to a project is as important as what anyone else on the team would contribute.”
Pushkar Mishra, former intern

During your 12 week internship, you’ll find out what it’s like to work in an industrial research lab and learn from world-leading researchers and engineers who are invested in helping you.

Build valuable relationships

“I feel like in the future if I needed my advisors and collaborators here, I could casually drop them an email – that’s pretty cool.”
Konstantinos Kamnitsas, former intern

You will be an important part of a team who want you to get the best out of your internship and will take the time to help you and discuss your ideas. You can also explore other subjects and opportunities through a personal mentor, hackathons and more.

Make a difference

“The opportunity to work on projects that are technically interesting and able to impact millions of users is the best part.”
Anna Thomas, former intern

Our interns have the opportunity to make significant contributions to work that could go on to impact Microsoft products. Our mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more, and you can be part of that.

Have fun

“Not only do you meet many interesting people, you can enjoy the rich history of the city, outdoor activities and events.”
Katja Kevic, former intern and post doc researcher

We hold a number of events and activities during the Summer to enable you to get to know others while enjoying what Cambridge has to offer.

Come as you are and do what you love

“It’s a really cool mix of thinking and having fun. You’re surrounded by really smart people, who you don’t expect to be so humble and kind to you.”
Nadeen Gebara, former intern

Microsoft is committed to supporting people in their personal and professional growth. We value inclusiveness and diversity, and work to ensure our interns feel valued, respected and encouraged.

Competitive pay and the opportunity to build your career with Microsoft

We offer a competitive salary, an accommodation allowance, free beverages and subsidised meals. Many of our interns have gone on to get full-time positions here or at other Microsoft locations. We mostly offer internships to Masters or PhD students, but will consider Undergraduates if the opportunity fits.

How to apply

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Computer Graphics & Computational Optics

Microsoft Research is hiring interns to play an active role in an exciting research project involving Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs). This work is an ambitious but realistic attempt to develop the future headsets with a practical field of view, resolution, and form factor. Computational optics is a crucial element of this system.The project involves the design, building, programming, and testing of a new display system. Skills required include software, electronics, mathematics, and optics. The specific purpose of this internship is to improve the software model of the optical system.

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Confidential Computing Intern

Security and privacy are arguably the most significant concern for enterprises and consumers using public cloud platforms. The Confidential Computing group at Microsoft Research Cambridge has been conducting pioneering research in the design of systems, hardware, and tools that guarantee strong security and privacy properties to cloud users.

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Deep Learning

The deep learning revolution has enabled novel applications in many domains such as vision, speech, natural language processing, and gaming. In the Machine Intelligence group we push the boundary of deep learning technology by inventing novel models and algorithms for challenging applications. Towards these goals we are looking for highly motivated interns on the following topics:• Neural networks applicable to graph-structured data such as molecules or programs.• Compilers and acceleration methods for deep learning training and inference.• Probabilistic deep learning: Bayesian deep learning, uncertainty quantification, and sequential decision making under uncertainty.

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Health Intelligence: Engineering Intern

The Health Intelligence team at MSR Cambridge is dedicated to advancing Healthcare and Life Sciences with AI. Our mission is to solve these challenges following Microsoft’s AI Principles of: fairness, reliability & safety, inclusiveness, privacy & security, accountability and transparency in a multidisciplinary team.

As an Engineering Research Intern, you will be part of a team that develops human-centred machine learning solutions that can transform Medicine and Life Sciences.

As an intern you will work on one of our core projects:

  • Hospital Care
  • Immunomics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Mental Health
  • Synthetic Biology

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FPGA technologies for the Cloud

The fast growth of the cloud is continuously driving hardware efficiency and performance in cloud infrastructure. Our work is exploring the technologies beyond traditional computer systems. Hardware customization is playing a major role in a variety of projects across the lab. Today, nearly every new server in Microsoft data centers integrates an FPGA into a unique distributed architecture, which creates an interconnected and configurable hardware layer that extends the CPU layer. We have an unprecedented platform to explore new ideas for hardware acceleration and prototyping. FPGAs are being used to build complex data store abstractions, optical networking stacks, and storage control systems. We design and build systems that can be deployed at cloud scale and work with product teams to contribute to Microsoft’s services.

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Future of Work: Enterprise Knowledge Intern

The intern will work with the Future of Work team on the Enterprise Knowledge project. The project aim is to develop compelling new user experiences driven by an enterprise knowledge base, by making knowledge available to workers as and when they need it. The knowledge base is generated through unsupervised machine learning (ML) with input from enterprise workers.

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Future of Work: Inclusive Remote and Hybrid Communities and Meetings

The need to accommodate mandatory working from home due to COVID-19 has led many companies to increase their usage of online collaboration workspaces such as Microsoft Teams and Slack. This usage will likely continue even after the pandemic, as many companies re-evaluate their need for fully in-office versus remote and hybrid work. A key component of this new world of work will be ensuring that it supports and celebrates Diversity & Inclusion.

We’re seeking two interns to help us explore these issues.• Inclusive remote and hybrid asynchronous communities (https://aka.ms/DnICommunities)• Inclusive remote and hybrid meetings (https://aka.ms/DnIMeetings)

Future of Work: User Experience/HCI Researcher

We have an exciting opportunity for a User Experience/Human-Computer Interaction Research intern to work with us as part of the Future of Work team. This role is part of a partnership with the Microsoft SharePoint product team and offers the opportunity to work on work on one of the most recognizable and broadly used technology brands in the world.

As part of Project Cortex, we aim to develop an enterprise knowledge base that automatically extracts business knowledge, which will enable compelling new user experiences. We have a range of early-stage design concepts and systems that we have developed, and we need an enthusiastic and collaborative applicant who can help us understand if and how they add value to work, and how they should evolve.

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Human-AI Interaction (User Studies) Intern

Project Tokyo aims to understand how to create visual agent technology that is both useful and usable in the real world by focusing on how AI technology can help to augment people’s own capabilities. This dynamic, multi-disciplinary team explores these questions through human-centric technical innovation, partnering with people who are blind and low vision to concretely anchor our exploration in their needs, interests, and abilities.

One internship project will focus on user testing a new phone-based AI experience for people who are blind or low vision in collaboration with Seeing AI. A second internship project will focus on evaluating tools that we have built out to support domain experts in understanding and adjusting AI-based experiences in real-world applications.

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Machine Intelligence: Multi-lingual Knowledge Discovery

Project Cortex is a Microsoft 365 initiative that applies advanced artificial intelligence to empower people with knowledge and expertise in the apps you use every day. In this internship we will look to adapt the probabilistic models at the core of the knowledge mining technology which powers Project Cortex. In particular, we are interested in generalising the underlying probabilistic models to multiple natural languages and demonstrating their effectiveness on real-world large-scale data. To do so, we will work closely with the relevant Project Cortex engineering teams. If successful, this work will allow end users to discover knowledge in many languages. The internship hence has the potential for high impact on top-tier Microsoft 365 markets.

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Machine Learning for Health Intelligence

The Health Intelligence team at MSR Cambridge is dedicated to advancing Healthcare and Life Sciences with AI. Our mission is to solve these challenges following Microsoft’s AI Principles of: fairness, reliability & safety, inclusiveness, privacy & security, accountability and transparency in a multidisciplinary team.

As a Machine Learning intern, you will be part of a team that develops solutions to problems that span multiple healthcare and life science research domains, in particular the following core areas:

  • Hospital Care
  • Mental Health
  • Medical Imaging
  • Immunomics
  • Synthetic Biology

We are looking for diverse ML expertise with experience or interest in Healthcare or Life Sciences.

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Machine Learning for Visual Communication

You will build and evaluate machine learning models and algorithms to solve real-world problems. You will be working closely with leading machine learning researchers, practitioners, and software engineers to generate and evaluate state-of-the-art algorithms.

Internship duration can vary from 3 to 6 months.

There is no closing deadline for this post. The post will be filled once suitable candidates are found so if you are interested please apply as soon as possible.

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Mixed Reality & AI

The Mixed Reality & AI Lab in Cambridge is looking for Research Interns in Computer Vision and Machine Learning. Our team is building the future of collaboration in mixed reality through virtual presence technologies including HoloLens 2 and beyond. We continue to advance the state of the art in computer vision, AI, neural rendering, graphics, human understanding, and deep learning. Interns will have the opportunity to make a real contribution to our team’s impact on the world.

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Optics for the Cloud

Microsoft Research is offering the unique opportunity to work in Cambridge for a 12-week (or longer) internship in cutting-edge optical technologies that will underpin the next generation of cloud infrastructure and head-mounted display technology. In the field of cloud infrastructure, we are engaged in a series of pioneering research projects covering compute, storage and networking. To address the challenges in these areas, we adopt a holistic approach by working in multidisciplinary teams that perform research that spans optics, system design, software, and hardware.

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Reinforcement Learning for Game Intelligence

The Machine Intelligence group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, is seeking exceptional intern candidates in the area of Reinforcement Learning (RL) or a related field, who are highly motivated to tackle challenges that arise in applications of RL to modern video games. Working closely with researchers from Microsoft for the duration of 12 weeks, you will advance the state of the art in this space by developing novel models and algorithms.

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Schemas for Distributed Data Structures Research

Microsoft Office serves over a billion customers in an increasingly collaborative world. Distributed data structures (such as CRDT’s) are a core technology for building scalable systems that support collaborative editing between many users.

This internship will explore how schemas (or types) can be used to improve software systems built using distributed data structures. Possible areas of investigation include using schemas to automatically migrate between versions, using schemas to improve developer tools and productivity, and using schemas to improve performance. The intern should have a passion for developing technical insights and applying them to real-word problems.

This project is a collaboration between the Calc Intelligence team in MSR Cambridge and The Fluid Framework – part of Microsoft Office – with the opportunity to have impact on products and teams within Microsoft.

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Socially Intelligent Meetings (Media Spaces)

Collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams support formal business momentum, but as remote and hybrid work become the new normal, distributed teams face problems of communicative friction and social isolation. Distributed organizations of all sizes are missing two critical affordances of being ‘in facility’: impromptu informal collaboration between spatially proximate team members throughout a day, and serendipitous work and social encounters with colleagues across a day.

Microsoft Research is exploring how to reimagine video-mediated communication to enable persistent and ambient collegiality by combining decades of media space research in the CSCW field (some originated by current Microsoft researchers) with the capabilities of Microsoft Teams.

This internship will be co-mentored by an MSR researcher in the UK (where the internship is located) and a Microsoft Teams Program Manager in the US.

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Spreadsheet Experience and Technology Intern

The soul of the spreadsheet is the grid and its formulas.  Spreadsheets are the world’s most widely-used programming technology – but they also embody apparently-fundamental limitations. We are working on foundational ideas that will take a qualitative step forward, to extend dramatically the reach of what end users can do with spreadsheets.

We are looking for interns to join an ambitious, multidisciplinary research team on the future of work, and spreadsheets in particular. We work in deep collaboration with the Excel team in Microsoft Office on Project Yellow, bringing new data types and other features to Excel.

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User Experience Research for Health Intelligence

The Health Intelligence team at MSR Cambridge is dedicated to advancing Healthcare and Life Sciences with AI. Our mission is to solve these challenges following Microsoft’s AI Principles of: fairness, reliability & safety, inclusiveness, privacy & security, accountability and transparency in a multidisciplinary team.

As a User Experience Research intern, you will be part of a multidisciplinary team that develops solutions to problems that span multiple healthcare and life science research domains, in particular the following core areas:

  • Hospital Care
  • Mental Health
  • Medical Imaging
  • Immunomics
  • Synthetic Biology

We are looking for diverse User Experience expertise with experience or interest in Healthcare or Life Sciences.

Find out more and apply>