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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. 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.

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

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).


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.


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 relevant PhD program or JD (Juris Doctorate) program.

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to develop original research agendas.

  • Must be able 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.

Applications (including reference letters) should be submitted by December 1 for full consideration, but will be accepted until all positions are filled.

In addition to the required qualifications, applicants must submit (1) a cover letter that follows the guidelines below; (2) their 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.

  • 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 you’ve 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.

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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