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Business Planning

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Loved the culture, the project, and my team.

What I wish was different

It's a large company that can be very overwhelming at times and can be hard to get things accomplished

Advice

Don't be scared to reach out and ask everyone questions about anything, even people who are senior leaders in other positions or teams, everyone is very willing to meet with you and chat.
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Events and Programming Intern

June - September 2018 • Fargo, ND

What I liked

The Student Experience Program provided an amazing way to network with both career professionals in my major, but also with students from the area studying and sharing similar goals.

What I wish was different

I had a difficult time going through HR after I was hired - it took almost a month to actually begin my job that was supposed to begin immediately after the school year ended.

Advice

Network with the other interns! Not only have I made lifelong friends, but I have also been able to connect through them in order to become closer with my community.
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Software engineer intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

The opportunity to meet several professional leaders that are shaping the future of technology

What I wish was different

My team’s organization went through multiple reorganizations during my internship. I didn’t have that feeling of team stability

Advice

Sometimes can be scary to work for such a huge company. But if you made it, challenge yourself even more. A company like this can be seen as the roof of your career, but it is only a new floor to start growing
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I loved the experience I had. I felt the internship program was well structured and I knew exactly what I needed to do / what was expected of me. I knew how well I was doing in regards to a return offer the whole summer.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Silicon Design Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Sunnyvale, CA

What I liked

Fantastic balance of challenging work and fun events. The team really included me in impactful projects with direct cooperation with FTEs. Microsoft also puts on many events throughout the summer to build your friendship with other interns.

What I wish was different

Not much, pretty ideal internship experience.

Advice

Go out of your way to involve yourself during your internship. I had the opportunity to participate on a Hackathon project with a different full-time team that won an award, and also had many networking 1:1 sessions with upper management by cold-emailing.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Meet people from different teams! Microsoft has so many teams who do such cool and different work that it is so important to get out of your comfort zone and outside of your org in 1:1 meetings
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Intern Events

What I wish was different

Build System

Advice

Make sure you definitely love what you're going to be doing. Otherwise, you might not enjoy your day to day.
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Program Management Intern

June - September 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

A lot of people don't know about this position, so you should inquire more to see if the role is one you are interested in.
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Explore Intern

June - September 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

The resources, different people, wide mentorship activities at a big company.

What I wish was different

The program did not allocate sufficient funds per intern, so a lot of activities/tours were on a lottery basis and not everyone could go, even though they were heavily advertised as what made the program worth it.

Advice

Although it might be awkward, it is the most important to set up one-on-ones with people whose work you find interesting and it won't be awkward for them because they are used to this kind of corporate culture.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Microsoft has a fantastic intern program! I learned so much from my team and was able to have fun all summer while learning more about Microsoft culture and Microsoft as a company.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Definitely apply to tons of places if you are looking for internships. I applied to tons of places before I got the Microsoft offer, and if you do choose intern here, don't be afraid to ask questions early on! It can be hard to work at a company this big where managers and mentors have plenty of other tasks on their minds besides nterns, but if you stop them and let them know you need some help, they will definitely be there for you!
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Software Engineer

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Excellent care for interns. Real world experience and very meaniful projects. Free housing and free transportation across Seattle.

What I wish was different

Everything was excellent.

Advice

Take care of every single event this internship has to offer.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I loved the experience of working with a team and making a real impact with my work and efforts. I felt like I was finally using things from my education for real pursuits and for materializing my dream of doing so.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

There were a lot of really cool intern events. It was so easy to meet people my age with similar interests from all over the country. The campus is beautiful and Seattle is a great city to spend the summer.

What I wish was different

I should have been more proactive in calling out my manager and my team when they ignored my requests for help. I should have made sure things were escalated to people higher up the food chain. Otherwise, if I was on a different team, things might have been a lot better.

Advice

Microsoft has a lot of resources available to you. Take the time to use them. Have lunch with full time employees, even ones that aren't on your own team. Learn about the kinds of projects going on around the company. It's a great way to know what Microsoft does and how people have gotten to work on what they're working on.
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Software Engineer

May - July 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Very nice people. Amazing intern experience.

What I wish was different

They should have used git.

Advice

Microsoft experience varies by teams.
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Project Management Intern

May - August 2018 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

I enjoyed the people I met and the overall culture of the company. It was a great way to learn about what being a PM is like.

What I wish was different

I was on a team with a bunch of senior PMs. I wish I was on a team that would give me a better understanding of what junior PM would do.

Advice

Always feel entitled to help. As an intern your entitled to your team members time and support. Never feel guilty or that you don't deserve someone time.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2018 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

Great Perks, most organized intern program I've ever been in, and Seattle is gorgeous in the Summer`

What I wish was different

My project with Cortana wasn't challenging in the ways that I wanted it to be. Mostly was bad luck

Advice

Your internship is what you make it, go talk to people
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I liked how flexible the company was regarding how I wanted to drive my project. It was great fun, and I also got chance to visit the manufacturing facility in china. I learned a lot of great stuffs and made tons of connections.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

Microsoft provides such an inclusive environment I truly felt wanted and supported when I worked there. I really like the amount of technical support I was given too and the fact that you could email any random person that you never met but would like to speak to and they would set aside time to speak with you never lunch or a Skype call.

What I wish was different

This differs from team to team and from positions but in my case I really don't have any complaints

Advice

Make sure to ask a lot of questions, if you're blocked for more than 45minutes on a problem go ask your mentor, team member, or next available engineer you see. Everyone here is all trying to empower you and support you in achieving you goals and learning as much as possible.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

I really enjoyed the opportunity to put what I have learned in school to practical use.

What I wish was different

Nothing, it was really a great experience!

Advice

Manager and team matters a lot; make sure to talk to them to figure out what the experience will be like.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

I had a really challenging project and I liked how I was given ownership of it completely.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been communication earlier in the internship.

Advice

Err on the side of over communicating always. Make sure to set expectations and bring managers/mentors in sync.
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