India Lab Internship Program, Microsoft Research

MicrosoftMicrosoft Research (MSR) is the research division of Microsoft created in 1991 for developing various computer science ideas and integrating them into Microsoft products. And of the six Microsoft labs worldwide, the Bangalore lab is engaged in basic and applied research, stretching across a varied canvas that includes computing and information technology.

Microsoft Research India conducts world-class research in computer science and related areas. They present regularly at international conferences and publish in research journals; and they also work closely with Microsoft’s product groups to transfer research ideas into Microsoft products. Microsoft Research India currently has seven research groups engaged in fundamental and applied research, and one group that is charged with advanced development and prototyping of research ideas.

Who can apply: Microsoft Research internships are either research internships or software-development internships. Research interns work with Microsoft Research’s full-time researchers on research topics that often lead to research publications. Development interns work with researchers and software engineers to develop a prototype application that implements a research idea or on an independent software project.

The intern candidates must be students enrolled in a relevant field of study, such as Computer Science, Engineering, or Social Sciences with a focus on computer technology. The majority of their interns are PhD candidates; however, they also accept some Master and Bachelors students who demonstrate a serious interest in research.

They accept interns at various levels in their academic life — from undergraduate students to PhD candidates — and from all over the world, including, but not limited to, India, the United States, Brazil, Ghana, Malta, and Pakistan.

The work environment for interns in Microsoft Research India is flexible and independent, with mentorships tailored individually for each intern. Projects are chosen after discussions with mentors, aiming at defining a project of mutual interest. Interns co-author publications about research to which they contribute. If they lead the research effort, they will be the primary author. Many of their former interns are now enrolled in PhD programs at the world’s best research universities and have taken research positions in academia and industry.

Location: Microsoft Research (MSR) India, Bangalore.

Duration: A Microsoft Research internship lasts for a minimum of 12 weeks.

Stipend: Microsoft Research intern salaries are highly competitive and compare favorably with intern salaries in other companies. They also reimburse you for costs of travel to and from Bangalore.

For more details, visit India Lab Internship Program, Microsoft Research’s page.

You can apply here online.

Also check this Quora question: Does Microsoft Research take interns? What is it like to work there?

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