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Research Intern - Accessibility


Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Type: Full time

Last updated

Be brave, not perfect.
- Reshma Saujani

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.

This position is for a research internship in MSR’s New England lab, working on accessibility. This is a fun, fast-paced environment, and a great opportunity to work with researchers on high-impact technologies that expand access to people with disabilities. In partnership with key stakeholders, we design, build, and evaluate systems that improve access by leveraging modern computing capabilities in innovative ways. Our work combines HCI with AI, and employs both quantitative and qualitative methods. You can learn more about the team’s recent work at We are located within MSR’s New England lab, which is highly interdisciplinary and offers many opportunities to interact with diverse researchers. We also often collaborate with others across the company.


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 Qualification

  • Must be accepted or currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science or a related STEM field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to develop original research agendas.
  • Experience with coursework and/or research in one or more of the following areas: HCI, AI, Accessibility.
  • Experience with systems building (e.g., web or mobile app development).

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.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.