Research Intern - Maturing Responsible AI Practices

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.

Aether is a cross-company board that plays a key role in Microsoft's work to operationalize responsible AI at scale, with efforts on formulating and making recommendations on issues and processes—and with hosting deep dives on technical challenges and tools around responsible AI. Aether working groups focus on important opportunity areas, including human-AI interaction and collaboration, bias and fairness, intelligibility and transparency, reliability and safety, privacy,and securityof AI. Microsoft researchers actively lead and participate in the work of Aether, conducting research across disciplines and engaging with organizations and experts inside and outside of the company.


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

Interns will be working with Aether to investigate and advance the professional practice of responsible AI in areas such as fairness, human-AI interaction, reliability & safety.


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 PhD program in a relevant 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

Demonstrated experience conducting scholarly research in at least one of the following: advancing professional practice; organizational readiness; organizational psychology; maturity models;ANDat least one of the following: AI fairness, human-AI interaction, AI reliability & safety.

Demonstrated experience in either qualitative or quantitative social science methods such as in-depth interviewing, focus groups, surveys.

Demonstrated experience planning, conducting, and reporting scholarly research

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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