Research Intern - Mixed Reality Acoustics

Last updated one month ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

Virtual Internship

Participation in the Research Internship Program requires that you are physically located in the United States or Canada for the duration of the 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.

Immersive digital experiences envelop people and blur the lines between what is real and what is virtual. For audio immersion, technologies such as spatial audio and virtual acoustics provide the tools that when applied to augmented and virtual reality experiences give critical cues that humans use to locate and experience virtual content.

Microsoft's investments in immersive audio are advancing the state of the art in spatial audio and acoustics. Through tight collaboration between research and product development, Microsoft has demonstrated a strong leadership in the industry for both publishing research papers as well as integrating the latest immersive audio technology into innovative products such as HoloLens, Windows Mixed Realty and video games.


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 research intern working on acoustics research, you'll be responsible for understanding the current state of the art in the industry by reviewing literature relevant to the project focus. Working with your mentor and research partners, you'll choose a direction for how the project should be executed and you'll bring the project to life by implementing a solution that can potentially ship in a Microsoft product. You'll be able to experience both the research and engineering side of life at Microsoft during your internship.


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 enrolled in a Computer Science or a related STEM field
  • Must have at least 1 year of experience with acoustic analysis

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to develop original research agendas.
  • Must be able to collaborate effectively with other researchers and product development teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, cross-group, and cross-culture collaboration.
  • Ability to think unconventionally to derive creative and innovative solutions.

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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