Research Intern - Natural Language Processing and Deep Reinforcement Learning


Redmond, WA, USA Remote


Oct 8

This is a virtual internship and the intern must be physically located in the US or Canada.


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.

Our team in Microsoft Cognitive Service AI focuses on using deep learning and reinforcement learning techniques to solve problems such as conversational AI, semantic parsing, question answering, supply chain optimization and entity recognition arising from various customer-facing products. In addition, we work on large-scale language model pre-training and model adaptation for AI services. We have previously held the top positions in a few leaderboards, such as #1 in WikiSQL, SciTail, SWAG, SNLI, SQuAD, and significant human parity achievements in both GLUE and SuperGLUE.



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.

  • Ph.D. student working on deep learning, natural language processing or reinforcement learning.
  • At least 1 year of experience in Python and deep learning libraries, such as PyTorch and TensorFlow.
  • Located in the US or Canada.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Rich experience in research and strong publication record in top conferences, such as NeurIPS, ICLR, ICML, KDD, ACL and EMNLP
  • Ability to think unconventionally to derive creative and innovative solutions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

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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