Research Intern - Cloud Operations Research (CORE) at Microsoft

Research Intern - Cloud Operations Research (CORE)

Redmond, Washington, United States
  • Redmond, Washington, United States

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  • Job number 1218250
  • Date posted Nov 30, 2021
  • Travel None
  • Profession Research
  • Role type Individual Contributor
  • Employment type Internship

Virtual Internship
Participation in the Research Internship Program requires that you are physically located in the United States or Canada for the duration of the internship.
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 Cloud Operations Research (CORE) group in MSR-Redmond performs research in the intersection of algorithms, operations research, machine learning and distributed systems. Our focus is on designing large-scale optimization solutions for cloud systems and applications. Example intern projects include algorithm and system design for dynamic allocation problems under uncertainty (e.g., for VM allocation) and cloud supply chain management. Our research leverages theoretical insights for designing algorithms and ML-based solutions that run efficiently at scale.


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.

Additional Responsibilities

Interns are expected to implement algorithms and incorporate them in systems, conduct experiments, and analyze results. They are encouraged to show initiative throughout the internship and suggest further directions for research. They are expected to document their ideas, and given suitable results, contribute to a paper.


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

  • Mustbe currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science, Operations Research or a related STEM field.
  • Must have at least 3 years of experience in C# or C++ or Python (or similar language).

Participation in the Research Internship Program requires that you are physically located in the United States or Canada for the duration of the internship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in optimization/algorithm design
  • Working knowledge of machine learning
  • Some knowledge of distributed systems
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze results and draw meaningful conclusions

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 .
Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Benefits and Perks

  • Industry leading healthcare
  • Giving programs
  • Opportunities to network and connect
  • Discounts on products and services


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