Research Intern - Security and AI

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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.

The fight against cybercrime requires defenders to be adaptive and responsive to today's rapidly evolving threat landscape. At Microsoft, we are exploring various techniques capable of solving complex, high-dimensional security challenges to protect Microsoft and its customers from malware and phishing attacks.

In recent years, AI has been demonstrated to serve as a crucial tool framework in multiple security domains, such as intrusion detection, anti-phishing, and attack analytics over big data. In this project, you will leverage machine learning and security technology to strengthen defensive measures against malicious actors. You will be part of a joint initiative between Microsoft Research and the Microsoft Defender group. During your internship, you may be paired with some of the world’s best researchers and practitioners in ML and security.

You would be expected to:

  • Effectively collaborate with researchers and product development teams to work towards the research goals of the project.
  • Develop and implement research ideas related to this project.
  • Report and present findings.

This work offers opportunities for fundamental research, including potential academic publications, as well as applications with real-life impact on Microsoft products and services.


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 have at least one year of experience applying AI techniques to real-world problems or publishable research endeavors.
  • Must have at least one year of hands-on experience with Python (or another mainstream language) through previous projects, open source contributions, etc.
  • Must be accepted or currently enrolled in a PhD program in computer science or a related STEM field.

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Security knowledge a plus (e.g., malware, phishing).
  • Hands-on experience with modern AI/ML libraries.
  • Familiarity with big data techniques and platforms (e.g., Hadoop/Spark, SQL).

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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