Research Intern - Language & Intelligent Assistance

Last updated 18 days ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

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.

Researchers in theLanguage and Intelligent Assistanceresearch area are making and harnessing advances in machine learning and natural language processing, to enable machines to understand natural language and build the next generation of intelligence assistance. Our research applies artificial intelligence (AI) to empower people to achieve more. We advance the state-of-the-art in AI while providing practical solutions to real-world problems and translating core technologies into practice.

We are seeking candidates for several internship positions with experience in natural language processing (e.g. question answering, semantic parsing, conversational modeling and dialog systems, cross-lingual models, grounded text generation, bias and offensiveness handling, etc.), deep learning (specifically generative models, transfer learning, weakly supervised learning, and privacy-preserving learning), or intelligent assistance (e.g. interactive systems, personalization, task completion assistance). Our research internships tackle challenging research problems with the aim of developing solutions for real-world, large-scale problems and publishing the results in top tier machine learning and natural language processing venues.


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 currently accepted or enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science or a related STEM field
  • Must have at least 1 year of experience in conducting research in one or more areas of Computer Science or a related STEM field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Should be able to independently execute a research agenda and collaborate effectively with other researchers and engineers.
  • Should have relevant research contributions, such as peer-reviewed publications in top-tier conferences and journals.
  • Should have strong communication skills.

Candidates who may not have all these qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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