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Microsoft Corporation Research Intern - Health and Life Sciences Strategy (Health Futures) in Redmond, Washington

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.

This position is for a strategy internship with the Microsoft Health Futures (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/lab/microsoft-health-futures/) group at Microsoft Research in Redmond (USA). Health Futures is responsible for research, incubation, product engineering, and strategic partnerships that drive cross-company strategy, as well as value creation in the health and life sciences. We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers, scientists, engineers, biotechnologists, designers, social scientists, strategists, healthcare experts, and medical professionals who endeavor to develop next-generation methods and tools for health and healthcare. We offer a unique vibrant environment that features cutting-edge academic research, enterprise software development, and real-world delivery, with close feedback loops and rapid iterations among all three, much like a lean startup. Our mission is to empower every person on the planet to live a healthier future.

Responsibilities

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.

We are looking for an intern to join the Strategy & Operations team within Health Futures. Our team drives new opportunities, manages partnerships, and leads impact, and operations across Health Futures. Specifically, we are responsible for guiding the overall strategic vision of the organization, executing cross-functional operations, and leading partnership development in early stages of the project funnel, as well as closely supporting our research teams throughout the duration of their research.

You will be paired with mentors and play a critical role in the success of our current and future program investments by developing meaningful analyses from market and scientific data. The role will require an interdisciplinary approach and willingness to collaborate widely with projects and stakeholders across Health Futures and the broader Microsoft organization.

  • Contribute to driving the strategic vision for Health Futures across our healthcare and life sciences focus areas.

  • Produce high quality discussion / presentation materials (e.g., landscape assessment, business case, etc) to facilitate engaging discussions with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Contribute to pipeline management by substantiating partnership rationale in the context of market trends and Microsoft’s strategy.

  • Support our partnerships portfolio by tracking progress towards KPIs and working closely with technical, research, and business leads in Health Futures to document lessons learned and best practices.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

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.

  • Must be currently enrolled in an advanced degree program (PhD, MBA, MS / MA, etc.).

Interns are expected to be physically located in their manager’s Microsoft worksite location for the duration of their internship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of experience in life sciences, healthcare, and / or precision health.

  • Interested in the life sciences and precision health spaces and are excited about the intersection of AI and healthcare.

  • Strong strategic, analytical, and creative thinking skills.

  • Comfortable working in ambiguous and / or complex environments.

  • Intellectually curious and able to see things from different points of view.

  • Ability to absorb complex technical and scientific information and creatively distill into key takeaways, crisp analyses, presentations, and narratives.

  • Highly collaborative and able to build trusting relationships across multiple stakeholders.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with prior experience working across multiple teams and functions, including the ability to effectively support management of stakeholders internally.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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 (https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest) .

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