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Microsoft

New Technologist Program Participant

June - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

The company's mentorship opportunities.

What I wish was different

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Program Manager

May - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I was trusted to make decisions about the project I was working on

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Garage Intern

June - August 2017 • Cambridge, MA

What I liked

I can't speak highly enough about my experience at Microsoft. I grew as a software engineer, as a member of a team, and as a person. I learned how to quickly learn new technologies and apply those technologies immediately to developing real projects. I learned how collaboratively build good software, using version control software effectively and adopting best practices for creating robust, readable, maintainable code. I also was able to play a strong role in designing the project my team worked on. I learned how to conduct user research, to put the consumer first, and to consider what I am making, for whom, why, and how to best create something the user will love. I was able to improve drastically on my interpersonal and professional skills. My managers and teammates were incredibly supportive, and I learned to listen to others' ideas, to accept and seek out feedback, and to foster a positive team dynamic conducive to a productive work environment.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been a bit more mentorship for people who didn't have as much software engineering experience. I definitely felt in over my head during the first part of the internship, though that's largely my fault for not seeking out mentorship from my teammates and managers.

Advice

Dive head first into Microsoft. Work hours aren't crazy, but stay late: not to work, but to hang out with friends. Chill in the VR room and play video games with your teammates. Go out and grab dinner with other people in the office. The more you put into Microsoft, it's people, and it's culture, the more you'll get out of it. Trust me, it's tons of fun. On a more professional note: ask questions. Don't be afraid to admit you don't know something. Nobody's going to think you're clueless, and everyone around you will be happy to lend a helping hand if you feel like you're in over your head. Owning up to your shortcomings and seeking out help and feedback is the best way for you to improve.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I was given complete freedom to design and implement my project. My project had a significant business impact and was released to production. My manager was very friendly and supportive throughout the entire internship. I felt that my ideas were valued and that I was treated like a full time employee.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Don't be afraid to go beyond what is expected of you and ask for more work and responsibilities.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Salary, location

What I wish was different

Sat with team, more caring manager

Advice

Big tech is very team dependent
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Program manager

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Lots

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Really good!
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

People and work

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Try new things
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Explore Intern

June - September 2017 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

pod structure (worked with 2 other interns), exposure to diverse roles/fields within the company

What I wish was different

the actual work had a steep learning curve, and it took me a long time to feel comfortable in the codebase (I was on the .NET team)- this varies a LOT team to team though!

Advice

the explore internship is great for exploring the PM and software roles and to spend time learning more about the industry in general!
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

The open source project and chance to truly make impact in such an established and empowering company.

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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

The culture was fantastic, I loved my team and the people I worked with. The intern program is very well structured an I had a lot of support.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Engineer

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

The senior engineers were helpful and made me feel involved. I received a meaningful project to work on and had lots of opportunities to upskill and connect.

What I wish was different

Nothing. It was a great experience.

Advice

Work hard and seek guidance from experienced peers.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Very fun environment for interns. Lots of events, talks, and opportunities to network.

What I wish was different

I was lucky to be put on a fun team but that isn't the case for a lot of other interns. I wish we could be told specifically what team we will work under before accepting the internship.

Advice

Enjoy every moment of it. Microsoft is a great company with a fantastic culture and values.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I loved the community that was formed of all the interns- it was clear that their internship program was well established and aimed to provide us with a bounty of resources and time to ramp up.

What I wish was different

I wish it were longer than 12 weeks. I wish UVA offered co-op programs.

Advice

Say yes to everything. Learn something, and try new things. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
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Environmental Compliance Engineer

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Very flexible hours, beautiful location, and a great team to work on.

What I wish was different

More mechanical engineering, less chemical engineering

Advice

Talk to as many people as you can when you take on a job. They will be willing to chat and will give you a lot of insight on life at the company or other potential roles.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I like the help I got from the team and the impact my project is going to have to the business.

What I wish was different

I wish my team was a lot younger for better relationships outside the job.

Advice

Just be in touch with your manager every step of the way to make sure you are on the same page about the nature of what needs to be delivered that way you can pivot if you have to before it is too late.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I liked that my work was all new and kept me busy. My mentor was very attentive. There were many events for interns to connect and learn.

What I wish was different

I wish I took more time to look into other teams and the Seattle area.

Advice

Do not feel overwhelmed by the amount of things to do. Focus on what is important and what you enjoy. Your team wants you to succeed.
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explorer intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

great company!

What I wish was different

More of an impact

Advice

Highly recommend
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Fargo, ND

What I liked

I got to focus on a lot of real big problems, working with large datasets and getting to experiment with lots of different technologies.

What I wish was different

More group projects between interns would have helped the experience.

Advice

Learn as much as you can. Try new things as the managers are willing to help.
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Explore intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I loved the environment and the people. Everyone was very helpful and really helped me to learn and grow as a person. I met so many people from all over the world that are gonna be my friends for life.

What I wish was different

I wish that there was better communication between recruiters and the interns. Sometimes I had trouble reaching out to my recruiter.

Advice

Be confident about your abilities and don’t doubt yourself.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Location Work People

What I wish was different

N/a

Advice

Meet as many people as possible
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