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Research Intern - Office of Applied Research

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2mo ago

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


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  • You must be a PhD student with research experience in STEM fields, able to innovate, collaborate, and adapt in various research areas for this internship at Microsoft.
  • You'll collaborate with researchers and fellow interns, learn, network, present findings, and contribute to cutting-edge research at Microsoft.

Off-cycle Internship

Data, Software EngineeringRedmond


  • The Office of Applied Research in Microsoft seeks research interns to conduct state-of-the-art applied research. Applied research is impact-driven research. It applies empirical techniques to real world problems in a way that transforms theory into reality, advancing the state-of-the-art in the process.
  • The Office of Applied Research brings together experts from Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computational Social Science (CSS), and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). We work closely with research and product partners to help to ensure Microsoft is doing cutting edge research towards our core product interests. 
  • We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in building, understanding, or applying Foundation Models as well as enhancing user experience in copilot systems that leverage these models. These candidates typically have proven experience in various fields such as Generative AI, Foundation Models, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Human-centered AI, CSS, Dialog Systems, Recommender Systems or Information Retrieval.


  • Required Qualifications:
  • Accepted or currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science, Information Science, Statistics, Information Systems, Economics, Operation Research or a related STEM field.
  • Have at least 1 year of experience in conducting research and writing peer-reviewed publications.
  • 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:
  • Ability to think unconventionally to derive creative and innovative solutions.
  • Actively conducting research in at least one of the following areas:
  • Personalization or adaptation of Foundation Models (e.g. Personalized text generation)
  • Understanding, verifying, or evaluating LLMs outputs
  • Prompt optimization / compression / distillation
  • Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG)
  • Agents (e.g. Memory, Goal management, Inter-Agent conversations)
  • Knowledge Management (Information literacy, Disinformation, Production processes)
  • Slow search (Resolving complex information queries)
  • Model finetuning
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with your mentor and others in Microsoft on research projects.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, cross-group, and cross-culture collaboration skills.

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, 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.


Work type

Full time

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