Research Intern - Computer Architecture

Last updated 18 days 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.

Microsoft Azure is one of the largest and most robust cloud computing services in the world, running workloads spanning data analytics, machine learning, HPC, database, search, office and productivity, and many others. Cloud architecture drives significant improvement in cost and power efficiency, and sustainability by providing both variety and enormous scale in datacenters across the globe. Our group is driving analysis and characterization of workloads on Azure and specifying new architectures (from Software to Servers to Silicon) to dramatically improve the datacenter by optimizing across hardware and software for unique workload needs and taking advantage of intelligent sharing and economy of scale. Due to the size and growth rate of the cloud, optimizations have potential for enormous impact.


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.

Additional Responsibilities

As a Computer Architect working on Azure, you will be responsible for understanding critical workloads that run on Azure, characterizing them with performance monitoring and profiling tools, finding critical bottlenecks, and then proposing new hardware architectures at the system or silicon level and/or creating a set of hardware and software recommendations for next generation Azure deployments and demonstrating the value of those recommendations by modelling improvements using C/C++/python and running simulations to produce insightful data and analysis.


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

  • Currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD program in Computer Architecture, or Electrical Engineering and Computer Science field.
  • Must have some experience (at least 1 year academic or industrial) writing hardware simulators and evaluating performance of workloads on computer system architecture and/or microarchitecture.
  • Participation in the Research Internship Program requires that you are physically located in the United States or Canada for the duration of the internship

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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