Research Intern - Azure Quantum, Program Management

Last updated 4 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.

Microsoft Quantum is dedicated to solving the world’s intractable problems and forever altering our economic, industrial, academic, and societal landscape. Where current computers would require billions of years to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems, a scaled quantum computer may find a solution in weeks, days, or hours. This has massive implications for research in healthcare, energy, environmental systems, smart materials, and more. Azure Quantum’s mission is to democratize access to these incredible technologies to empower every person and organization on the planet to experience and prepare for impact with quantum computing. For more information about Azure Quantum, explore

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Do you want to be a part of the quantum revolution in computing? In this 12 week Program Management internship you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best researchers in the world and interact with Azure customers to address their needs and design Azure Quantum to help them achieve their goals. Exceptional candidates for this position have a passion for building products and a desire to learn. No background in quantum computing is required.

Learning Opportunities

The Microsoft Quantum team has a strong culture of learning that extends to internships. On the team you will have opportunities to learn about topics in Quantum Computing and Optimization from leading experts and your peers within the team, and the ability to get hands-on with these exciting new technologies.


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.

As a Program Management (PM) intern you will be responsible for the product cycle for your features. You will apply insights from working with customers and researchers to lead feature planning and design, management of specifications and requirements, and work with your development team to learn from and improve the Azure Quantum service. You will collaborate closely with your teammates to ensure that the products exceed customer expectations and work through process to understand the engineering cycle, technical challenges, and provide customer insights to make engineering decisions. As a Program Manager you are dedicated to building software to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.


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 Qualification

  • Must be accepted or currently enrolled in a university program in Computer Science or related STEM field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to demonstrate understanding of computer science fundamentals that affect code implementation and customer experience
  • Ability to demonstrate thoughtfulness in feature definition, design, and feasibility
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with experience in cross-group collaboration
  • A desire to create an open, inclusive, and collaborative team culture
  • Experience programming with Python, C#, C++, or other programming languages
  • Limited (or more) background in mathematics and quantum physics

Internship Application deadline: January 8, 2021

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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