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Microsoft Corporation Research Intern - Database Group in Redmond, Washington

Empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. That’s what inspires us, drives our work, and pushes us to challenge the status quo every day. At Microsoft, we also work to empower our employees, so they can achieve more. We believe we should each find meaning in our work and we ensure employees have the freedom and the reach to help make a difference in the world.

Microsoft Research provides 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 charter of the Database Group at Microsoft Research Redmond is to increase the usefulness of database system technology to users by creating, extending, and applying database technology. To that end, we consult with product groups at Microsoft and take part in exploratory research projects in several data management systems topics. See our current projects list for an overview of our active research areas (

The Database group has a long tradition of building systems as part of our research. Several of our projects have contributed major technical innovations to Microsoft products. Examples include the Hekaton main-memory OLTP engine, SQL Server Apollo column storage, and the StreamInsight event processing system.

More recently, our group has made several projects open-source, including: FASTER – a concurrent key-value store ( ), Common Runtime for Applications (CRA) – for building data-flow style, cloud-native applications ( ), and a library for Persistent Multi-word Compare-and-Swap for NVRAM ( at s).


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.

Database group interns will be part of a world-class research team, where they will have the freedom to exercise their creative abilities to work on cutting-edge research problems in the data management space. Interns work closely with their mentor(s), to define and refine the research problem, implement prototypes and conduct experiments to validate the ideas. With the resulting artifacts, interns will create internal and external impact by contributing to Microsoft Products and by submitting to top conferences, respectively


In addition to the qualifications below, you’ll need 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 BS/MS/PhD program in Computer Science or a related STEM field.

  • Must have knowledge of database systems and data management techniques in general.

  • Must have experience with systems building.

Preferred Qualifications

The following requirements vary by project:

Knowledge of cloud-based database architectures, key-value stores, blockchain technologies, parsing techniques, experience in designing distributed, fault-tolerance systems and programming frameworks, benchmarking and performance modeling, and knowledge of basic machine learning techniques and tools.

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 at .

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