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PhD internships

If you're pursuing a PhD and want to explore what it's like to work at Microsoft, look no further. We host PhD interns in both our product teams and in Microsoft Research (MSR). PhD interns are active, contributing members to our community regardless if you are conducting cutting-edge research or engineering a new product. No matter what route you take—come work on meaningful, innovative projects that add to our company's success.

Microsoft Research (MSR)

Walk the halls of Microsoft Research (MSR) and you'll find world-class researchers, scientists and engineers leading the industry with groundbreaking research across diverse topics. Microsoft’s unique approach embraces an open research culture to ensure that researchers have the freedom and flexibility to pursue independent investigation and to collaborate in ways that drive advancement across scientific and technological disciplines. Together we find solutions to the world's toughest challenges and improve the lives of people everywhere. More information about Microsoft Research can be found at .


Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. During the 12-week internship, students get to collaborate with award-wining researchers and other interns to present their findings and contribute to the research community. Internships are paid and available in all areas of research across all of our labs including quantum, artificial intelligence, systems, VR/AR and more. Internships are offered year-round, but typically begin in the summer. We can also help with visa applications where needed.


Candidates must be enrolled in a PhD program. There are a limited number of opportunities for undergraduate students who intend to enroll in a PhD program.

Microsoft Product Teams

Do you love Research but maybe the lab isn’t for you? Do you find yourself looking for that place where you can apply some Research but also get hands on to create, build, make and ship a feature or product? If so, we have a variety of product teams to choose from; our PhD product Engineering & Data Science opportunities are broader than you might think. What this means for you is a chance to experience a variety of products and technologies. Collaborating with Program Managers, Engineers, Researchers, Scientist, Design and much more! Come apply your PhD skills in a product group and make an impact by building & working on things that make a real difference in millions, even billions, of people’s lives.


For our Product teams we hire more engineering centric PhD interns. For example: Applied Scientist, Data Scientist, and Production Software Engineers (SWE.) This is a 12-week internship in Summer and or Spring and is designed to be a conversion program to FTE post-graduation - based on successful completion. Recruiting begins early August-December for Summer internships, and March-June for Fall internships. Students are expected to collaborate with other interns and product teammates & colleagues. Internships are paid and available in many areas like Artificial Intelligence & Research (AI&R), Cloud & Enterprise (C&E), Windows & Devices (WDG) and the Office Product Group (OPG) Location will vary but typically our interns will be placed at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA and or Sunnyvale, CA. We can also help with visa applications where needed.


Candidates must be enrolled in a PhD program and are looking for more hands-on engineering roles versus just Research.