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Explore Microsoft Program Overview

How cool would it be if you got to explore different roles in software development in your freshman or sophomore year? If you aspire to be a software developer and are currently majoring in Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, we invite you to apply for the Explore Microsoft program.

Explore Microsoft is a 12-week summer internship program that is specifically designed for college underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) and offers a rotational experience aimed to enable you to gain experience in our different software engineering roles. This program is designed to provide exposure to various tool and programming languages in the field of software development and encourage students to pursue degrees in computer science, computer engineering, or related technical disciplines through hands-on training and group project experience. Your on-the-job learning will be augmented with mentoring, community building and networking opportunities.

Candidate Qualifications

Candidates must be a freshman or sophomore enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program with a demonstrated interest in majoring in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or related technical major. Students must have completed an Introduction to Computer Science course (or equivalent class) as well as one semester of calculus (or equivalent) by the start of the program. Finalists will be selected on the basis of eligibility and demonstrated interest in the software industry.

All candidates who meet the above criteria may apply. We especially encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented in engineering including women, Native-Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics, Veterans, and students with disabilities.

How to Apply

Apply online using the button below for our Explore Microsoft Internship program. Make sure, when submitting your resume, that it includes your e-mail address, school address and phone number, permanent address and phone number, intended major, and expected graduation date. Please also include a list of your current courses within the body of your resume. If you use the resume builder, you can enter current courses in the “Skills and Qualifications” field.

  • Only resumes in English will be accepted.
  • Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.


You will have enormous responsibility, project ownership, and impact during this 12-week session. Read this FAQ to gain a better understanding of what Explore Microsoft might be like for you.

How does this program differ from the 12-week Microsoft college internship?

Explore Microsoft is intended for students who are beginning their academic studies and would like to learn more about careers in software development through an experiential learning program. The Explore program provides formal training as well as a group project experience working alongside other Explorers. Explorers will rotate through three core tech disciplines across 12 weeks (Program Manager, Software Design Engineer, and Software Design Engineer in Test), rather than specializing in just one.

What can I expect to do during Explore Microsoft?

You will work in a team of three to complete a project for your product group through which you will gain exposure to the software development lifecycle and our three core software engineering positions.

Will I work in a number of groups during this experience, or focus on a specific goal in one group?

We want you to become very involved with your group project, so we will assign you to a specific product team while you are here. It is the best way to make sure you have the opportunity to make a real contribution. However, there will be plenty of opportunities to attend discussions about different Microsoft technologies and to pick the brains of other employees working around campus.

What benefits will I receive during Explore Microsoft?

Microsoft offers benefits designed to make your experience the best it can be, and Explore Microsoft is no exception. Explore Microsoft includes competitive pay, relocation, training, transportation, and more!

Where is Explore Microsoft offered?

The vast majority of opportunities are offered at our Redmond, Washington, campus.

If I haven’t declared a major, can I still apply?

Yes! We do not require that you be a computer science major in order to apply, however, we do require all candidates to have completed an Introduction to Computer Science (or equivalent course) and one semester of calculus (or equivalent). We’re interested in individuals who have a demonstrated passion for technology and a desire to further explore the field of software development.


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NOTE: The window to apply for our Microsoft scholarship is currently closed. Please check back this summer/fall to learn how you can apply for future opportunities!

A Microsoft scholarship provides a leg up so you can pursue undergraduate studies in computer science and related technical disciplines. You’ll join a community of scholarship recipients from the United States, Canada and Mexico who share your passion for technology and academic excellence. It all adds up to achieving your primary goal—making a real difference in the software industry.

Microsoft is offering four different types of technical scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year to current undergraduate students: General Scholarships, Women’s Scholarships, Minority Scholarships, and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities.

Microsoft supports students to participate in technical conferences like Grace Hopper, SHPE, NSBE etc. Our scholarship grant covers cost of conference registration and a lump sum amount towards travel, hotel and other related expenses.

Students are selected based on their exceptional leadership work in the promotion of diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines at their university. If you have such experiences, please share with your school recruiter (contact information can be found here).



If you’re interested in applying for the 2014-2015 academic year scholarships, please see the Application Process tab for more information. Microsoft selects final candidates based on the following criteria:

  • Eligibility
  • Quality of application
  • Displayed interest in the software industry
  • Commitment to leadership
  • Financial need

Diversity at Microsoft

We encourage student populations currently underrepresented in the field of computer science to pursue technical degrees. All candidates who meet the criteria for eligibility described below may certainly apply, while we do award a large majority of our student scholarships to women, minorities, and the disabled. Minority applicants must belong to one of the following groups underrepresented in the software field: African-American, Hispanic, or Native American.


As a recipient of one of our scholarships, you’ll enjoy the benefits for one academic year. You may receive either a full or partial scholarship for the academic year. Full tuition scholarships will cover tuition for the academic year as posted by the financial aid office at your college or university. Microsoft will make payments to the designated school, and they’re not transferable to other academic institutions. You may use the funds for tuition only—not for other costs listed on your bursar bill, such as room and board.

You’ll also need to apply for a summer internship and if offered an internship, you must complete the salaried summer internship of 12 weeks or more at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. (Microsoft reserves the right not to offer an internship position to the scholarship winner if an appropriate match cannot be found.)


To be eligible, you must be enrolled full time in a Bachelor’s degree program at a 4-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time you submit the application. Plus, we’ll need to see that you’re making satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline such as electrical engineering, math, or physics—and that you demonstrate an interest in computer science. Because the scholarship is merit based, you must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0. For more detailed information regarding eligibility, please read our FAQ.

Application Process

NOTE: The window to apply for our Microsoft scholarship is currently closed. Please check back this summer/fall to learn how you can apply for future opportunities!

1. Resume: including contact info, major & graduation date.

2. A copy of your current academic transcript.

3. Answer the following:
  • What is your estimated tuition cost for 2014-2015 Academic Year and to demonstrate financial need, how are you currently funding your education?
  • Is your tuition in state, out of state, private or international?
  • Would receiving a Microsoft scholarship adversely impact any other financial aid you will receive in this same academic year?

4. Short Answer Essay Questions:
  • Tell us why you deserve this scholarship!
  • How do you demonstrate passion for technology outside of the classroom?
  • Tell us about the toughest technical problem you’ve worked on, how you addressed it, your role (if team-based) in reaching the outcome, and the final solution.
  • Describe a situation which demonstrates your initiative and willingness to go above and beyond.

5. Letter of Referral: from a faculty member or academic advisor who knows your work (must come from faculty’s email).

6. Apply: for a Microsoft Summer Internship, take a screenshot of your application confirmation to include when emailing

Optional: Gender/Ethnicity/Disability: if you would like this information to be considered with your application, feel free to include it.


The following are questions most often asked by our scholarship applicants. If you don’t find an answer to your question here or in the other Scholarships pages, please e-mail

Where can I find an application?

A complete application includes six items: your resume, transcript, answers to essay questions, letter of referral, and a printed confirmation page from the online application to the Microsoft Internship program. If you have already applied for a Microsoft Internship, please indicate this below your essay answers so we can verify your application status. There is not a separate application form to submit in addition to the above materials. Your name should be included on each page of your application.

Can high school, community college or graduate students apply for these scholarships?

No. Scholarships are available for students who are currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program.

I am studying at a school outside of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Am I eligible to apply?

No. You must be attending a school in North America in order to be eligible for our scholarship program.

Can international students apply for scholarships?

Yes. If you are currently studying in North America and meet our criteria for scholarship eligibility, you can apply regardless of your citizenship.

If I want to apply for a women’s, minority or disability scholarship, where do I indicate that in my application?

If you would like this information to be considered, simply mention this on your application.

Do I need to send an official transcript or is an unofficial transcript acceptable?

If you cannot obtain an official transcript from your school, you can send an unofficial transcript for now. However, we will ask for an official transcript if you are one of the finalists for the scholarship.

What should be included in the letter of recommendation?

We do not have a template for the letter of recommendation. Your professor should write a letter that endorses you as the best candidate to receive a scholarship. The letter should address why your professor has this opinion.


The MACH Program is an 18-24 month comprehensive on-boarding and development program custom designed for our newest university hires in various professions, including Finance, Marketing, Sales, Services, IT, and Operations. The program is focused on ensuring that you receive professional development early on to help accelerate your impact in role and provide you with the tools and knowledge to grow your career at Microsoft.

The MACH program enables you to start strong, build your networks and drive your long-term careers at Microsoft. We do this by offering you world-class training designed to set you up for success at Microsoft, a global community with thousands of current MACHs and MACH program alumni in over 60 countries and coaching from some of the brightest minds in the industry. The MACH program is global in scale and encompasses all of our regions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (MEA), Asia Pacific (APAC), the Americas, Greater China and Japan.

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Join Microsoft today, and help us shape the business of tomorrow! You can learn more about global intern and new grad positions at Microsoft’s Global Student Careers site. The Microsoft Student Experience page is also a helpful resource.

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In addition to core developmental opportunities you stand to gain while you are on the job, our customized trainings provide further learning relevancy to help you build valuable skills that will enable you to add value fast. We’re looking for people for our Finance, Marketing, Sales, Services, IT, and Operations businesses.

Marketing MACH:

If you are an avid marketer, and passionate about telling our Microsoft story and the way our products can help enable people and businesses throughout the world realize their potential, we have a MACH marketing experience tailored to help you become a world class marketer.

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If you are interested in pursuing our Services, IT or Developer Platform Evangelism positions, you stand a chance to build upon your technical acumen with expert technologists and gain skills in effective communications to help our customers and partners realize the brilliance of IT.

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If you have a few years of professional experience and you are currently working towards attaining your full-time MBA degree, we have a MACH experience tailored just for you! In addition to being on the job to contribute to our business priorities, you stand to gain additional tools to communicate effectively to a wide variety of audiences, build a solid understanding of our business strategy, and leverage a global network of peers and colleagues.

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