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Research Intern – Azure Cognitive Services: Speech Research

  • Internship
  • Bellevue, WA
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Microsoft profile

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.


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.

The mission of our group is to make fundamental contributions to advancing the state-of-the-art in audio, speech, and spoken language technology both within Microsoft and in the external research community. In this position, you will conduct research under the supervision of Microsoft mentors. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to prototype, demonstrate, and publish your results.


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.

We pursue impact on Microsoft products and value engagement with academic communities. If you are passionate about exploring new research ideas and product impact at the same time, this job is for you.


Required Qualifications

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.

  • Must be a PhD candidate in speech, audio, or a related machine learning field, including, but not limited to, speech recognition, speaker recognition, speech enhancement, speech synthesis, audio-speech processing, speech summarization, spoken language processing, and self-supervised learning.
  • Must have 1+ year research experience in speech, audio, or related machine learning areas.

Interns are expected to be physically located in their manager’s Microsoft worksite location for the duration of their internship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong algorithmic problem solving and software development skills (Python, C/C++, etc.).
  • Experience with open-source machine learning tools such as PyTorch.
  • Track record of publications in speech related conferences (e.g., ICASSP and Interspeech).

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.

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