Internship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Get answers to frequently asked questions about internships.

What internship experience can interns expect at Microsoft Research?
Microsoft Research interns share the same job responsibilities as full-time team members. You will be given real work with real problems to solve. As an intern, you will collaborate with researchers and developers in your larger organization. In close collaboration with your mentor, you will define an internship project that reflects your and your team’s research interests.

When do internships take place? How long do internships last?
Internships at Microsoft Research last for a minimum of 12 weeks — long enough to develop a project and make a significant contribution. Most of our North America internship opportunities are available throughout the year, and we will work with you and your team to define best start and end dates.

Do interns have to be U.S. citizens to apply for an internship in the U.S.?
We will consider all qualified candidates, regardless of citizenship or visa status. When visa candidates are selected for an internship, Microsoft immigration professionals will help them with the visa process.

What qualifications is Microsoft Research looking for in intern candidates?
Intern candidates must be students enrolled in a relevant field of study, such as computer science, engineering, or social sciences with a focus on computer technology. The majority of our interns are PhD candidates; however, we also accept some master’s and bachelor's students who demonstrated a serious interest in research.

For FAQs about the Asia-Pacific internship program, see Asia-Pacific Internships Frequently Asked Questions.