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Microsoft Corporation Research Intern - Visualization for ML interpretability 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 Microsoft Office of Chief Science Officer and Microsoft Research are seeking an intern working at the intersection of data visualization and machine learning (ML) to work towards supporting understandability and communication of results produced by ML interpretability tools such as InterpretML, starting Spring or Summer 2021.

The intern will work collaboratively with ML, data visualization, and UX researchers.

Applicants should have a demonstrated interest and experience working at the intersection of data visualization and ML. Relevant experience includes, but is not limited to, education, training, or hands-on experience with creating and evaluating data visualizations; creating, using, or evaluating tools and techniques for visualization for ML; using various ML algorithms; training and evaluating ML models.


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 collaborate with researchers to define the focus and scope of a research project, articulate a research plan, and execute along a 12-week timeline.


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 relevant PhD program.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated proficiency in HCI design and research methods (e.g., identifying user needs though observation and interviewing, applying design principles rooted in human perception and cognition, iterative design, rapid prototyping, assessing user experience)

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills

icrosoft 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 at .

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