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Apply for an Asia-Pacific Internship

Make a Difference as a Microsoft Research Asia Intern

We are 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.

Find out more:

Internship Research Areas

These five research areas offer tremendous opportunities for interns to work in a wide spectrum of fields:

  • Natural User Interfaces enable users to interact with a computer using speech, gestures, and expressions.
  • Next-Generation Multimedia allows people to search for and to be immersed in interactive online shopping, education, meeting, and entertainment activities.
  • Data-Intensive Computing explores the new infrastructures, algorithms, tools, and applications to collect, analyze, and mine results for data-intensive business in both the consumer and enterprise sectors.
  • Search and Online Ads take Web search and online advertising to the next level by applying data-mining, machine-learning, and knowledge-discovery techniques to information analysis, organization, retrieval, and visualization.
  • Computer Science includes areas such as theoretical computer science (theory), systems, networking, and machine learning that will have an impact on multiple applications and products.

Internship Program Requirements

  • A match between interns’ interests and Microsoft Research Asia’s projects and goals
  • A time commitment of at least three months

To be eligible for internships, applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • Currently be pursuing a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree
  • Major in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, physics, or a related field
  • Have solid computer programming and research capabilities
  • Have strong written and verbal English skills

The Microsoft Research Asia Internship program is open year-round. Our lab is located at Beijing, China.

How to Apply

  1. Prepare
    Update your resume or CV with recent work, publications, and other research experience.
  2. Apply
    1. Download an application form.
    2. Complete the form.
    3. Send the completed form along with your resume or CV to
  3. Interview
    After careful review by a selected panel of researchers, a few applicants will be offered a phone interview with two to three interviewers to better understand the applicant’s research interests, projects, goals, and objectives.
  4. Accept
    Internship offers to successful candidates will be made approximately two weeks to a month following the interview. More information about work visas, travel plans, and living arrangements will be discussed at that time.