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Microsoft Corporation Research Intern - FATE, NYC (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics in AI) 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, who 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.

Microsoft Research, New York City (MSR NYC) is looking for multiple research interns to collaborate with members of theFairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics in AI(FATE) ( research group. A list of researchers in the FATE group can be foundhere ( . Members of the group collaborate extensively with each other and with other groups across Microsoft.

This group is interested in research including but not limited to: sociotechnical approaches to fairness assessment/measurement; developing statistical, computational, and visualization methodologies for fairness assessment/measurement; the challenges of responsible AI in practice; institutional studies; AI law, policy, and justice frameworks; cultural, economic, and environmental impacts of AI; AI transparency; human-AI interaction; and a wide range of topics that address AIs social impacts from a diversity of disciplinary perspectives.

Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in FATE-related topics and a desire to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment. We welcome applicants with backgrounds in technical fields (e.g., machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, computer vision, statistics) and applicants with backgrounds in sociotechnical fields (e.g., anthropology, history of science, history of technology, human-computer interaction, information science, law, media studies, philosophy, science and technology studies, sociology).

Microsofts mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


Research Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the worlds best researchers, Research Interns learn, collaborate, and network for life. Research Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to exciting research and development strides. During the 12-week internship, Research Interns are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other Research 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.


Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a relevant PhD program or JD (Juris Doctorate) program.

Other Requirements

  • Research Interns are expected to be physically located in their managers Microsoft worksite location for the duration of their internship.

  • In addition to the qualifications above, youll 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.

  • Please submit (1) a cover letter that follows the guidelines below; (2) your CV; and (3) 1 or 2 writing samples, published or unpublished, which may be research papers, dissertation chapters, or other research-related writing. Applicants who do not submit a cover letter may not be considered.

  • Your cover letter should be no more than 2 pages long. (Shorter is fine!) Please address the following points:

  • Include your name, email address, and website URL.

  • Briefly describe your current research, and how it connects with the focus of the MSR NYC FATE research group (see Overview for a list of some of the groups current research interests).

  • What kinds of methodologies have you applied in your research/are you most familiar with? (E.g., coding, statistics, large scale data analysis, theoretical/mathematical analysis, user studies, experimental design, ethnography, etc.)

  • We want to learn about the kinds of research that interest you. Are there particular projects you would like to do during your internship? Recent (MSR or non-MSR) research or ideas youve come across that you are particularly interested in? What, to you, makes for a good project/what are you looking for in a project?

  • All researchers in the group review every application. However, if you want to indicate which MSR NYC researchers you would be especially interested in working with, you may optionally do so.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct original research.

  • Ability to collaborate effectively with other researchers and product development teams.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, cross-group, and cross-culture collaboration.

  • Ability to think unconventionally to derive creative and innovative solutions.

We will begin reviewing applications in early December.

The base pay range for this internship is USD $6,290 -$12,170 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 $8,060 - $13, 240 per month.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here: (

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations ( .