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Microsoft Corporation Research Intern - AI/Systems in New York, New York

Research Internships at Microsoft provide a dynamic environment for research careers with a network of world-class research labs led by globally-recognized scientists and engineers. Our researchers and engineers pursue innovation in a range of scientific and technical disciplines to help solve complex challenges in diverse fields, including computing, healthcare, economics, and the environment.

The AI/Systems research group at MSR NYC investigates a variety of topics at the intersection of distributed systems, software engineering, and AI. We take an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on techniques from machine learning, theory, computational social science, human behavior, and ethics to build powerful and human-oriented systems. We are strong believers in responsible AI: we aim to apply AI to systems in a way that is safe and synergistic with human solutions.

This internship will involve a project in one of our current areas of focus: human-oriented AI for gaming , safety in AI systems , and model explanations and debugging .

In all of our work, a top priority is impact: we aim to publish at top academic conferences and journals (in systems, ML, and beyond), and we actively pursue opportunities to collaborate with product groups in the company and the broader external community.


Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the world’s best researchers, interns learn, collaborate, and network for life. Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to exciting research and development strides. During the 12-week internship, students are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other interns and researchers, present findings, and contribute to the vibrant life of the community. Research internships are available in all areas of research, and are offered year-round, though they typically begin in the summer.

The intern will work closely with researchers, postdocs, and engineers to investigate an existing project or a new project agreed upon with their mentor. The work will involve system design, implementation, and evaluation, algorithmic thinking, machine learning (designing architectures, training models), human behavioral experiments, data collection/analysis, etc. The intern need not work on all of these aspects, but may instead focus on areas of strength or areas where they would like to learn and grow.


Required Qualifications

In addition to the qualifications below, you’ll need to submit a minimum of two reference letters for this position. After you submit your application, a request for letters may be sent to your list of references on your behalf. Note that reference letters cannot be requested until after you have submitted your application, and furthermore, that they might not be automatically requested for all candidates. You may wish to alert your letter writers in advance, so they will be ready to submit your letter.

  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in computer science or a related STEM field.

Interns are expected to be physically located in their manager’s Microsoft worksite location for the duration of their internship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong programming skills.

  • Experience designing/training models in deep learning frameworks (e.g., PyTorch, TensorFlow, CNTK).

  • Willingness to explore unchartered territory; ability to think unconventionally to devise creative and innovative solutions.

  • Ability to collaborate effectively with other lab members.

The base pay range for this internship is USD $5,090 - $10,120 per month. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $6,690 - $11,030 per month.

Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with Microsoft and the country work location. U.S.-based interns have access to medical and vision insurance, paid sick time (accrued at 3.34 hours per pay period worked), paid federal holidays, and software discounts. Puget Sound-based interns gain access to a bus pass and a fitness club membership.

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Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.