Research Intern - Cloud Operations Research (CORE)

Last updated 19 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.

The Cloud Operations Research (CORE) group in MSR-Redmond is looking for excellent doctoral students to work on exciting problems in the intersection of algorithms/ML, operations research, and computer systems. Our focus is on designing large-scale optimization solutions for cloud systems and applications. Example intern projects include algorithms for dynamic resource allocation under uncertainty (e.g., for VM allocation) and intelligent supply chain management for the cloud. Our research leverages theoretical insights for designing optimization algorithms that run efficiently at scale.


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.

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


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

  • Mustbe currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science, Operations Research or a related STEM field
  • Must have at least 3 years of experience in C# or C++ or Python (or similar language)
  • Must have at least 2 years of experience in optimization/algorithm design

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to run experiments, analyze results and draw meaningful conclusions
  • Working knowledge of machine learning
  • Some background in systems and networking

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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