Research Intern - Program Synthesis and AI

Last updated 3 days ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

This is a Virtual Internship

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.

Program synthesis is a new frontier in AI where-in the computer programs itself---a synthesizer interprets user intent and produces a script or a program for the task. The Prose team is pushing the frontiers in the field of program synthesis and its applications. Program synthesis is a disruptive technology because 99% people who own computers do not know programming. Even for developers, this technology can provide a 10-100x productivity increase for many tasks, and especially in the areas of data wrangling/preparation and code refactoring.

The Prose team is looking for research interns to work on several projects related to program synthesis and its applications


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.


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.

Required Qualifications

Must be accepted or currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science or related STEM field.

Preferred Qualifications

Research experience in the one of the following fields: programming languages, program synthesis, software engineering, machine learning, or human-computer interaction

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