New England Lab Internship Program

Opened in July 2008, Microsoft Research New England continues to build on Microsoft’s commitment to collaborate with the broader research community and to advance the state of the art in multiple areas of computing research. The lab, located at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, is pursuing new, interdisciplinary areas of research that bring together core computer scientists and social scientists to understand, model, and enable the computing and online experiences of the future.

Our internships are twelve-week paid internships in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We are looking for interns interested in a variety of scientific fields, including computer science, mathematics, social media, and economics. Most of our interns are PhD candidates, although we do have some limited opportunities for undergraduate, masters, and even high school students. Applicants from universities outside of the United States are welcome to apply.

Internship Experience

The internship experience at the New England lab can vary depending on the area of study, intern, and mentor. (See our members’ bios to get a sense of possible topics.) In some cases, our interns design their own project, while in other cases the intern and mentor arrive at a project together. Interns are often most successful if their research project involves collaboration with full-time or post-doc researchers, and interns often produce a article stemming from their intern project.

In thinking about the kind of research you would like to do, intern applicants are strongly encouraged to consider one or a few researchers at the New England lab and how they might imagine collaborating with them. Although Microsoft does have applied opportunities for student interns, this is not an applied program. The types of research that our researchers do are equivalent to the types of research that take place in universities. Interns may have opportunities to affect product with their research, but this is neither expected nor guaranteed.

Application Process

To apply for an internship at Microsoft Research New England:

  1. Fill out the online application form.
    • Be sure to indicate that you are interested in Microsoft Research New England and your areas of interest, and be sure to list two recommenders.
    • We encourage you to review which New England lab’s permanent member is most closely related to your area of research, and add them in the "Microsoft Research Contacts" field, which can be found under the "Select Positions & More" section of the application.
    • We encourage you to monitor the status of your requested letters of recommendation, as the application is considered “incomplete” until two 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.

When to Apply

While we hire interns throughout the year, most of our internship positions are available in the summer.

  • For Social Media Collective intern applicants only: The deadline is January 30. Please visit this page: http://socialmediacollective.org/2013/11/19/msr-social-media-collective-2014-phd-internships-now-open/ for more guidance on what we encourage you to include in an application for internships with the Social Media Collective.
  • To ensure full consideration for a summer internship, we encourage all other candidates to have applied by January 1.  
  • Otherwise, we accept applications throughout the year subject to availability.

Microsoft Research Intern Benefits

Aside from the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research, a Microsoft Research internship comes with some additional perks as well. Approximately 6-8 weeks before your internship begins, one of our relocation specialists will contact you by email to provide additional detail on your travel, housing, and transportation options.

Some benefits include:

  • SalaryMicrosoft Research intern salaries are highly competitive and compare favorably with intern salaries in other companies.
  • We take care of getting you here—If you plan to fly, we will provide you with an airline ticket via the most direct route to and from your Microsoft location. Upon arrival, we will reimburse you for your taxi fare. If you plan to drive, we will reimburse you per mile for the most direct route to Microsoft.
  • Subsidized housingWe will set you up in subsidized housing fully furnished with the necessities. If you would like to share an apartment, we will match you up with roommates. Microsoft will even pay for your basic cable, electricity, and water. In addition, we offer free housecleaning services.
  • Help with shippingWe will contribute toward shipping expenses to help you get your personal items to and from your new location.
  • Subsidized car rentalWe subsidize car rental to ensure that you will be able to check out the area.
  • Software discountsAs an intern, you are eligible for discounts on Microsoft software and hardware. Interns can spend up to $350 per year on these discounted items.
  • Intern events and partiesInterns are invited to lectures and special events sponsored by Microsoft and Microsoft Research. This is a good opportunity to learn about Microsoft and its teams and projects while meeting other people or getting to know the area.
  • Intern orientation and mentoringDuring 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.
  • Bike purchase planWe give you a choice of using the subsidized rental car plan or participating in the bike purchase plan. We will contribute toward the cost of a bike and helmet.

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