Example Internships: Microsoft

Here are some example recent internships, and a couple of future possibilities. Not all would necessarily be relevant to our student population. This list, however, will give you a feel for the types of internships Microsoft offers. (Thanks to Mike Calcagno for providing this information.)


  • MT system: Student designed end-to-end statistical MT system for English to German, and included Greek in the mix to test the technology.

  • How may I help you system: Student developed an authoring tool for developing "How may I help you?" systems.

  • MT toolkit: Student started off by comparing different semi-supervised classifier systems. Adapted the best of each into a toolkit for cross-lingual named entity recognition, replicating results from this community.


  • Query log analysis, query log clustering: design system to deal with the large volume of queries, and cluster these by topic, language, etc.

  • Help doc. classification: learn language models from help documents and classify them by language (assumption: route to correct team)


  • Topic/tasks: It's up to the manager for any particular group to decide what projects a student might work on. However, students are generally asked what they would like to do, and management trys to tailor tasks to that student.

  • IP issues: Generally try to avoid them. More sensitive issues in MSN Search than the NLP group

  • Budget: Internships are very limited, and dependent on budgetary issues. Last year, 9 slots were available (in NLP).

  • Employment: About 50 percent of summer interns find their way into full-time Microsoft employment.

-- WilliamLewis - 07 Nov 2005

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