Research Intern - Computational Social Science & Hybrid Work

Remote Redmond, WA

Virtual Internship


Participation in the Research Internship Program requires that you are physically located in the United States or Canada for the duration of the internship.


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.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic Microsoft, like many other tech companies, shifted to remote work. Recently, more and more companies are shifting to hybrid work which is a combination of in-office and remote work. The goal of the internship will be to apply causal inference methods to telemetry data to understand the causal effects of hybrid work on information workers. The intern will likely have to analyze collaboration and communication networks as well as business outcomes.


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.


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.

Required Qualifications
  • Must have at least 2 years of experience applying causal inference techniques to observational data.
  • Must have at least 2 years of experience with either python or R.
  • Must have at least 1 year of experience analyzing large-scale network data.
  • Must be currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computational Social Science, Computer Science, Economics, or related field.

Participation in the Research Internship Program requires that you are physically located in the United States or Canada for the duration of the internship.

Preferred Qualifications
  • We would prefer someone who is at least in their 3rd year of their PhD program but will consider applicants no matter what year they are in.

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