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. Our
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.
The Language and Intelligent Assistance group focuses on
advancing the state-of-the-art in machine learning and natural
language processing for intelligent assistance, with an emphasis on
developing technologies to be transferred to innovative Microsoft
We are seeking candidates for several research internship
positions in collaboration with the Microsoft Planner and Microsoft
Project product teams. These joint MSR-Planner/Project internships
present a unique opportunity both to tackle challenging research
problems and develop real world solutions for enterprise task
management systems. This can include problems in task understanding
and task completion assistance. We also aim to publish the results
in top-tier ML and NLP venues. Candidates should have experience in
natural language processing (e.g., semantic representations, intent
detection, structured prediction tasks), deep learning (e.g.,
weakly supervised learning, domain adaptation of pretrained
embeddings), or intelligent assistance (e.g., personalization, task
completion assistance, document recommendations).
This is an environment where interns can learn, collaborate, and
network for life while acquiring unique insights into the world of
enterprise-scale software development.
Research internships are offered year-round, though they
typically begin in late spring/early summer.
In addition to the qualifications below, 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, 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
- Must be currently accepted or enrolled in a PhD program in
Computer Science or a related STEM field.
- Must have at least 1 year of experience in conducting research
in one or more areas of Computer Science or a related STEM field.
Time spent in a graduate program counts towards this
- Should be able to independently execute a research agenda and
collaborate effectively with other researchers and engineers.
- Should have relevant research contributions, such as
peer-reviewed publications in top-tier conferences and
- Should have strong communication skills.
Candidates who may not have all these qualifications are
encouraged to apply.
Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender
identity or expression, genetic information, marital status,
medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability,
political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion,
sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other
characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and
ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of
criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need
assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability
during the application or the recruiting process, please send a
request via the Accommodation request form.
Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of
your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.
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 they 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.