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Research Intern - Cloud Operations Research

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2mo ago

🚀 Summer Internship


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  • You must be a PhD student in Computer Science with 3 years of C#/C++/Python experience. Familiarity with optimization, machine learning, distributed systems, and simulation analysis is preferred.
  • You will collaborate with researchers, implement algorithms, conduct experiments, analyze results, suggest research directions, document ideas, and contribute to papers as a Cloud Operations Research Intern at Microsoft.

Summer Internship

Software EngineeringRedmond


  • 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.
  • The Cloud Operations Research (CORE) group in Microsoft Research at Redmond performs research in the intersection of optimization, machine learning and distributed systems. Our focus is on designing large-scale optimization solutions for cloud systems and applications. Example research intern projects include algorithm and system design for dynamic allocation problems under uncertainty (e.g., for virtual machine allocation), cloud supply chain management, and applying Large Language Model (LLM) technology for optimization. Our research leverages theoretical insights for designing algorithms and Machine Learning based solutions that run efficiently at scale.


  • Required Qualifications:
  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science, Operations Research or a related STEM field.
  • At least 3 years of experience in C# or C++ or Python (or similar language).
  • Other Requirements:
  • Research Interns are expected to be physically located in their manager’s Microsoft worksite location for the duration of their internship.
  • In addition to the qualifications above, 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.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in optimization/algorithm design.
  • Working knowledge of machine learning, including LLMs.
  • Some knowledge of distributed systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to run simulations and analyze results.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Software Engineering


  • Research 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. 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 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.
  • Research interns are expected to implement algorithms and incorporate them in systems, conduct experiments and analyze results. They are encouraged to show initiative throughout the research internship and suggest further directions for research. They are expected to document their ideas and given suitable results, contribute to a paper.


Work type

Full time

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