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High school program

Do you want to work on cutting-edge technology that will make a real difference in people's lives all over the world? Do you want an inside look into high-tech professions that will inspire you as you make plans for college? Get a head start on building a strong resume with Microsoft’s High School Programs!

Summer high school internship

Our high school program internship is a paid 10-week summer program available only to Puget Sound-area students. High School interns will be working with engineering teams on interesting technical problems. You will have the opportunity to contribute meaningful work and be supported by a mentor throughout the summer. A basis grasp of HTML, Visual Basic, or other programming language will lead to your success in this internship.

High school bootcamp

The Microsoft Bootcamp is a 3-day summer program focused on creating an enriching environment for local students who want exposure to the field of software engineering. The program provides challenging but achievable projects that will encourage juniors and seniors to continue in the field of technology. High school is a critical age in which many of our students are already starting to choose their career path, and we want to be sure we use this chance to introduce them to the opportunities that Microsoft and STEM positions can offer.

Qualifications for the internship and high school bootcamp

  • Candidates must be high school juniors or seniors in the Puget Sound, Washington state area (at the time of application)
  • Have demonstrated an interest in technology.
  • Have a basic grasp of HTML, Visual Basic, or other programming language.
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Legal authorization to work in the US for the duration of the internship (not required for the High School Bootcamp)
  • High School Interns must be available to work full time, 40 hours per week, for ten consecutive weeks starting in June of program year. If you are accepted to the Bootcamp, you will need only the 3 days of the Bootcamp program. Date TBD
  • All Puget Sound-area high school students are welcome to apply. We especially encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented in engineering, including women, Native-Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics, and students with disabilities.
  • Have not been hired as a Microsoft High School Intern in the past (Previous Boot campers are encouraged to apply)

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Applications will be open in January 2017!

Not a High School student? Check out other program opportunities here!

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Frequently asked questions

I don’t live in the Puget Sound but would like to attend and can make my way to the Puget Sound, am I eligible?

Thanks so much for your interest in the High School Program. Unfortunately, the High School Intern Program is restricted to students attending schools in the Puget Sound Area. We use this program to both mentor high school students in Tech, but also to foster STEM exploration among students in the area with fewer opportunities / access to Computer Science. I’m sorry but we will not be able to make any exceptions in this matter.

Our University Internship recruits globally. We hope you will keep us in mind for future opportunities!

I’m not a Junior or Senior in high school, can I apply for the program?

Thanks so much for your interest in the High School Program. Unfortunately, the High School Intern Program is restricted to students who have completed school through their Junior year. We encourage you to check the site out next January when you are eligible.

I was in the Microsoft Bootcamp last year; can I apply for the Internship Program this year?

Yes! We would love for you to apply for the Microsoft High School Internship.

I took part in the High School internship program last year, can I apply again?

Unfortunately, the High School Intern Program is restricted to those who have not previously participated. As the program is very limited in size, we want to ensure as many local high schoolers are able to enjoy this opportunity as is possible. Once you have started University, please check out www.microsoft.com/university to connect with your college recruiter, so that you can come back to Microsoft as a college intern.

I’m the parent of a High School student and I’d like more information about the program.

Thank you for reaching out. Please direct your son/daughter/referral to apply. We will be reaching out with application results in mid-March. The site also has some great information on qualifications we look for. Please reach out to us at mshsin@microsoft.com if you have any further questions (note we will not be answering any questions referred to in this FAQ section).

I applied for the program now what happens?

Thank you for submitting your application materials for the 2017 Microsoft High School Intern Program. Please expect to hear back from us in Mid-March with the results of your application. Otherwise, if you have any questions related to the application process or our program, feel free to reach out to mshsin@microsoft.com, please note that responses will be delayed due to volume.

I’m excited about the High School Internship but I will not be able to attend the full 10 weeks of the internship. Is this ok?

Thanks so much for your interest in the program. The Microsoft High School Internship is designed for students who are able to participate for the full 10-week program, and this is a requirement for participation. We will not make any exceptions in this matter, expect for college start dates that begin near the end of the program. We hope you will keep us in mind for future opportunities!

I live outside of the Puget Sound and want to know if there are any Microsoft Internship programs outside of Washington State?

Thanks so much for your interest in the High School Program. The High School Intern Program is restricted to students attending schools in the Puget Sound Area. We use this program to both mentor high school students in Tech, but also to give back to the Seattle area community and its residents. We will not be able to make any exceptions in this matter. We hope to build our program in other cities and Microsoft campuses in the future. Our University Internship recruits globally. We hope you will keep us in mind for future opportunities!

Where will the internship be located and is there transportation?

The location of the internship varies slightly by which team within Microsoft an intern is placed with. While interns have on occasion worked with groups in Bellevue and Redmond Town Center, the majority will be placed on the main Microsoft campus in Redmond. Interns are responsible for their transportation to and from their internship. We do provide a free ORCA pass to interns, as well as the option to ride the Microsoft Connector service, an internal bus for our employees, if available in your neighborhood.

Want to know what it’s like to be a high school intern

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I was on the Data Science Team part of the Data Driven Outcomes on OSG. My team was extremely welcoming and I felt one with them throughout the summer. OSG organized a lot of great events that I was able to be a part of which really exposed me to the culture at Microsoft. I received firsthand experience of the life cycle of software engineering. It taught me the importance of planning out the development, developing ahead of time, and executing thorough tests. This has totally improved my approach to handling assignments in college and gives me an edge in rigorous classes such as data structures.

My favorite part of my high school internship was to develop something that would positively impact the company after my summer there. By devising an algorithm with which Microsoft can measure the importance of error codes, I was able to leave a lasting impact in OSG as they were able to use my project to improve the Windows experience. I also learned so much through the internship. Rather than a traditional classroom setting, I learned about CS in the corporate world and some of these lessons make me a better coder today.

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I was on the Cloud Computing and Storage team in Microsoft Research. I thought the culture at MSR in general was very relaxed and I liked that. I was able to learn something from scratch (web development) and build a full-scale project in just 9 weeks. It was an incredible learning experience and taught me a lot about how to learn on the job while building a project. It helped develop my passion for computer science and learned a lot of valuable technical skills during my internship.

Advice for you: Demonstrate your passion in some way. Ideally this would be technology related, but I think most important is to show that you are driven and passionate about something, and that you can show how you went out and pursued that passion. What initiatives did you take and how did you go above and beyond the experience of the average person interested in the same thing? This should help you stand out. Beyond that I think showing interest in technology is necessary, even if it’s not the cornerstone of all your prior experiences. Microsoft isn't going to expect high school students to have a ton of experiences, so what matters is not exactly what you did but rather why you did it and how far you took it. Microsoft wants driven people to work there and you have to show qualities that match the type of employee/intern that the company would like.

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I was on the Advanced Development Team as well as the Enable Team in MSR. Both teams were extremely welcoming and positive, individuals pushed each other to create and ultimately were rewarded with a series of fantastic products. My favorite part of the High School internship was the Microsoft culture. As an intern, you have access to Microsoft employee emails and set up meetings with computer scientists, product managers, and data scientists that were truly inspiring! Everyone at Microsoft has a story worth sharing, just ask them! As part of the internship program at Microsoft, you get to hear Satya Nadella speak! If you're brave enough, you can even ask him a question afterwards! It's amazing that Satya was able to take time out of his schedule to talk with the interns!”

Advice for you: Apply! The MS High School Program is an opportunity to connect and learn from the smartest minds in the tech industry. My experience at Microsoft was invaluable!

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