Intern applicants with strong academic achievement in fields such as Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math, or Social Sciences with a focus on technology are preferred. While a large majority of Microsoft Research interns are currently pursuing a PhD degree, Microsoft Research does occasionally have positions available for undergraduate and Master students who are involved in research projects and planning to pursue their PhD. However, if you are an Undergraduate or Master student, you will find a much greater variety of product development internship positions on the product teams.
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Get details on how to apply for an internship in your area of the world. Applications are accepted all year.
Internships in North America, Europe, or India
To apply for an internship with Microsoft Research in North America, Europe, or India, complete the Internship Application. Applications are kept on file for one year from the date of application.
Product Development Internships
If you are interested in opportunities at multiple Microsoft Research lab locations, you only need to complete one application. Because of the variation in work, an application to Microsoft Research is considered separately from an application to work on an engineering team.
For summer internships in the Microsoft engineering groups, please check out University Careers for additional information and guidance on how to apply.
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.
You will receive immediate confirmation email upon completion of your internship application. Due to the large number of applications, we regret we cannot update every applicant via email directly. If you are not contacted by one of our labs, you have not been selected. Most summer internships for our US labs are filled by the end of April. Timeframes for international locations vary.