Microsoft
Redmond, Washington
Microsoft, a software corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells a range of software products and services.
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Program Management Intern

Redmond, WA, USA

$7,100
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This was my second year as an intern. I started as part of the Explore Program, chose to come back as a PM and will be returning this upcoming summer for my 3rd internship. I know others have talked about unenthusiastic teams, bad mentors, and bad managers. I understand. My first summer, my manager was horrible, chastising my abilities and my work. I expressed my concerns with my mentor, and thankfully, she was able to help me. The CEO said "people don't quit companies, they quit teams", which struck a chord with me. I decided to return the next summer as part of a different team. (I also found out that summer that my previous manager had been moved down to the position of Individual Contributor) I was also able to connect with someone… Show More
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Program Manager

Redmond, WA, USA

$7,150
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Microsoft is a different company than you think it is. It's now a quickly adapting behemoth, poised to reap some big rewards in the near future. I tried PM for the first time after 4 different software roles and I really liked it. You work a lot more with others and have a say over strategy. You are basically the CEO of this little product/feature and are responsible for doing whatever it takes to make it successful (be it coding stuff yourself or getting others to do what you need). Mentorship and meaningful work is highly team dependent. From what I've seen, the most exciting stuff happens in Cortana, Azure, Surface, Hololens, Xbox and Office. Work/life balance is great and Seattle is really dope (I like it more than SF).
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This company is highly dependent where you end up. I got paired with a great mentor and did semi-interesting work. They definitely taught me a lot about being a product manager, but the work wasn't that fascinating. Again, it really depends which area of the company you work on. They treat employees very well, and you can't beat Seattle life in the summer.
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Software Development Engineer Intern

Redmond, WA, USA

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The Microsoft intern program is well-organized with lots of special intern events (eg game nights, Mariners games, hiking etc). You get lots of perks with your salary including subsidized corporate housing, gym membership, and lots of gifts/swag. Microsoft is large and fragmented, so your experience will depend a lot on your specific team and manager. Overall, the people are smart, the culture is laid back, and the company mood is optimistic. There is lots of interesting stuff going on at Microsoft, but 4 months is not enough to ramp up and fully take advantage of everything. Your internship will likely be project-based and you shouldn't expect your intern project to be something cutting-edge. Return offers are relatively easy to get… Show More
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Software Engineer

Bellevue, WA, USA

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I did my internship in the Lincoln Square campus. Out of my 6 internships, I think the work I did here was the most challenging and involved more algorithm design and implementation than I had ever done before. I was able to understand a little more about how other apps worked as I programmed for Android for the first time. Be careful about choosing the gym membership options as once you enroll, it doesn't matter when you enroll, it will count the payment days from the first day of your internship (and you can't cancel your membership until your internship ends).
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Software Engineer

Boston, MA, USA

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I was an intern in the Microsoft Garage branch of the corporation. I worked with 3 other software engineers and a designer (all interns as well) in a team to create and design a product ground up over the span of 4 months. There are two main offices in Boston, one on 1 Memorial Drive and the other is just across the street. Both offer amazing views of the city and are very close to a bunch of food/grocery places. As a team designing and building the product from the ground up, you are given basically complete control over the product you build and how you want to make it happen. Of course there are restrictions and guidelines which are clearly provided by a small team of mentors. The pace is very quick and you should be prepared to… Show More
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Software Engineer

Redmond, WA, USA

$7,367
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The quality of the internship really depends on these three things: - The team you end up on - The manager/mentor/lead you end up having - The project you get assigned These things can vary greatly and I lucked out with fantastic team, manager/mentor/lead, and project. When interviewing, make sure to make it perfectly clear what your interests are. They'll try their best to put you on something that matches your interests.
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This was my first big internship however I had the worst experience here. The environment is extremely laid-back. Employees are not passionate about their work and job. The management is biased and skewed. A partner because my manager who barely cared about my progress, even forgot my day of presentation, one which managers have to let them intern know about. If it does not work out with a mentor for you, then it is a bad bad sign. You are typically not supposed to express what you think about the environment and your thoughts about mentor. No one check in to really see if all is going well. When you stand up to speak for yourself, you are not taken positively. This was my experience of this place. I know you can have a very different… Show More
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At Remond, I was on the Office Licensing Team working on the client side. The code was all in C++ and I had a hard time digging through the code because this is really old code with some complicated logic. Overall this team was great and the people seemed to have a great work life balance. Much like any other big company, you have to remember that the experience ends up depending on your team and your mentor. I knew people who hated it but I loved my time here! Also Microsoft doesn't really have an on site gym but they do give you a membership to the Pro Club which is better than any gym I've ever been to and its close to the Redmond campus. Besides this, Microsoft is really generous about their intern events for the summer term (not… Show More
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Software Engineer

Tokyo, Japan

¥325,000
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The Office team in Microsoft Japan worked on docs.com and Office Lens while I was there. You'll be assigned an onboarding project to start off with, and then move onto a main project to finish off the term with. If you finish your main project quickly, then you'll probably end up working on regular engineering tasks. The projects were in different fields, and a couple of them were quite interesting (involved NLP, OpenGL), but a lot of them were fairly standard web/mobile-development feature tasks. Obviously, these choices will vary each term. Hours aren't particularly long, but they're pretty offset from the usual business hours (most people came in at 11 and left after 7). You're not pressured to commit to 11-7 at all though. Your… Show More
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Microsoft Japan is unlike any other internship experience and obviously that is mostly because of the location. I'm going to list out the pros and cons for this internship in detail since there are not many international students who intern here. Pros: 1. It's in Tokyo! Their office is in shinagawa and its so easy to get to any place in Tokyo. Weekends and evenings are always so fun. This is the main reason I give it a 5 star. If traveling or living in Tokyo for 4 months doesn't excite you then maybe this isn't the internship for you. 2. They put you up in a nice studio apartment close to shinagawa. For me, my apartment was in Tamachi station but I heard some people were in a different location. Either way it is paid for and pretty… Show More
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Software Engineer

Vancouver, BC, Canada

$4,000
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The vancouver office is super nice and in a great location downtown. The work I was doing is super fun and rewarding (got to work on a hololens project), although I was pretty stressed and busy sometimes since I joined the team at a very busy time. That's very team dependent though. I know of a lot of other teams that are super chill. No snacks and free food which is a letdown, but that's expected from a Canadian office. There's tons of free fruit and drinks though! I really loved working with my team members - everyone is super nice and smart too. There are also lots of fun company events and it didn't feel like a corporation at all. The only big disappointment is that the internship salary is so low compared to the redmond office.
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Software Engineer Intern

Mountain View, CA, USA

$7,800
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Worked at Microsoft in summer 2017. Despite not being at the HQ in Redmond, there were intern events every week or two (paintball, baseball games, cruise, etc), and we also got flown to Seattle for a week for the famous signature event. In terms of work, I was put on a great team where my project was actually critical for the team. I became good friends with my mentor and manager, but with a company as big as Microsoft, team culture can really vary. The team asked for my preferences on the type of work I want beforehand and gave me something that matched them exactly, despite me not having any experience in that domain beforehand. However, I did find that intern expectations here were noticeably higher than the other companies I worked… Show More
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Software Engineer Intern

Redmond, WA, USA

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Mentorship - shitty team with shitty engineers = shitty mentorship Work/life Balance - this is where old people with kids work because work life balance is top notch Meaningful Work - depends on the team. My team was really bad but some of them can be really good. Perks - $300 for transportation - $1200 or you can get a car for the term instead - Subsidized cafeterias. Their cafeterias are the best in the world! Really good food and super cheap!) - Corporate housing - Free starbucks coffee and drinks (pop, juice, etc) - Signature event where you receive a laptop worth $2k+ - $5k signing bonus if you're a returning intern (this $5k signing bonus is for an internship NOT for full time) - Best recruiters in the world. *NOTE: I had a… Show More
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Software Engineering Intern

Redmond, WA, USA

$7,200
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Mentorship and work/life balance were great. Work was not that meaningful because I was assigned to a product that no one ever heard of and I was working on an intern project (meaning my work probably end up in the garbage right now). The intern events are probably the best out of all the big companies. Microsoft invited Daya and the Chainsmokers to perform in front of 2,000+ interns and gave out free xbox one to every intern. Overall, it's a very big company and your experience varies drastically depending on what team you are assigned. HR is also flexible on switching team/organization for your next co-op, though sometimes they are very unresponsive and unhelpful.
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