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Microsoft Corporation Research Intern - NLP at Microsoft Cognitive Services Research 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.

The Knowledge and Language team at Azure Cognitive Services Research is on a mission to advance the state of the art in NLP and Knowledge research and deliver towards our company vision for how intelligent cloud and intelligent edge will shape the next phase of innovation. The team includes top researchers from across Microsoft to create a center of excellence.

We are looking for exceptional interns to work on cutting edge research in Natural Language Understanding & Generation, Knowledge Graph, Pre-trained Language Models and Multimodal research.

The mission of our team is to make fundamental contributions to advancing the state-of-the-art in AI technology. To this end, we conduct research on forward-looking topics such as text summarization, pre-trained models and dialogues. Our research has contributed, and will continue contributing, to various Microsoft products, such as Microsoft Teams, Office, Bing, Cortana, and Xbox as well as third party applications through the Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services.

Interns are expected to utilize and design state-of-the-art results in deep learning in NLP and implement models using frameworks such as PyTorch.


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.


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 accepted or currently enrolled in a BA, Master or PhD program in Computer Science or related STEM field.

  • 2+ years of experience in NLP or multimodal research with hands-on deep learning experience.

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science or a related STEM field.

  • Track record of publications in related top conferences (e.g., ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, ICML, NIPS, ICLR).

  • Excellent communication and writing skills.

  • Experience with open source tools such as PyTorch etc.

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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