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Research Intern - Design Engineer

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2mo ago

🚀 Summer Internship


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  • You must be enrolled in a design-related degree program, proficient in design tools, have a portfolio showcasing design skills, curious with a growth mindset, able to work collaboratively, and have knowledge of web development technologies.
  • You will bridge design and engineering, participate in reviews, create visual designs, develop prototypes, focus on user experiences, and collaborate on cutting-edge AI projects.

Summer Internship

Engineering, DesignRedmond


  • 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. 
  • Here at Microsoft Research, you will have the opportunity to be immersed in a world of cutting-edge technology in a dynamic environment. You will work alongside world-class researchers, program managers, developers, and designers. A successful candidate will be excited about design, technology and will have a passion for making a meaningful and lasting impact.


  • Required Qualifications:
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree in Design Engineering, Visual Communication Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Human-computer Interaction, Computer Science or a related field.
  • 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 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.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Proficient in design and productivity tools including: Figma, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, or related.
  • A portfolio of work showing a foundation in design skills, thinking, and craftsmanship
  • Understanding of typography, layout and, graphic design
  • Possessing a discerning eye for quality and design excellence
  • Curious, with a growth mindset.
  • Ability to work with others to create innovative solutions and turn ideas into reality.
  • Experience with web and front-end development technologies such as html, CSS, JavaScript and TypeScript
  • Front end software development skill for prototyping and contributing to dev builds.
  • Knowledge of end-to-end software development lifecycle and ability to work with a team of software engineers.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Act as a liaison and fill the gaps between design and engineering.
  • Demonstrate foundational engineering fundamentals (e.g., interpreting designs, writing code, working with source control).
  • Participate in design and code reviews to ensure the quality of implementation and execution from a user experience and engineering perspective.
  • Contribute to visual designs from concept to delivery.
  • Create workflows, journey maps, user scenarios, task flows, and personas in support of interaction design software-based experiences.
  • Learn about, contribute to, and implement a broader design system, increasing its adoption and consistent usage in Microsoft Research, our product partners and companywide.
  • Design and develop prototypes demonstrating the functionality and flow of software applications and research tools.
  • Focus on end-to-end user experiences, empathizing and balancing experiences with business and technical tradeoffs.
  • Produce and validate product design specifications and production requirements.
  • Negotiate design solutions in relation to business goals.
  • Explore the cutting edge of artificial intelligence and human interaction and collaboration.
  • Present ideas, workflows and be able to guide an audience though your work.
  • Demonstrate a track record of delivering great work on time.
  • Have a passion for customers and creating designs focused on a customer’s needs.


Work type

Full time

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