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Microsoft

Customer Service Representative

July 2019 • Tempe, AZ

What I liked

I like that I get to learn all technical support about Office 365.

What I wish was different

Nothing. I still work there.

Advice

I would definitely say to be open-minded and be ready to learn much with people who are very helpful.
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Cloud Operations Intern

May - August 2020 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

The employees were very helpful and insightful.

What I wish was different

I was working remotely, and the 3 hour time zone made it more difficult to contact people immediately when I needed them or had a question.

Advice

Talk to as many people as possible during your internship - they all give you great advice on your project, college, and career path.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Phenomenal company, great transition to online due to COVID-19. Great resources and incredible programming efforts by the company to meet other interns and feel part of a community

What I wish was different

More flexibility in picking teams, but I understand due to COVID-19 that wasn't possible.

Advice

Make the most of your time here, it's an incredible opportunity that few students will get to experience :)
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Software Engineer Intern

May - July 2020 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Team, onboarding experience.

What I wish was different

In-person instead of online, on a team which works on something I am more interested in (e.g. Hololens), difficulty of finding information internally.

Advice

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Explorer Intern

May - August 2020 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I really enjoyed the team of people I got to work with. I was partnered with another Explore intern and from there we had 2 mentors and our direct boss. They were all lovely to work with and eager to help my partner and I whenever we needed.

What I wish was different

Unfortunately it was a remote internship due to COVID-19. They did their best to make the internship exciting despite that, but I feel that there was still something missing.

Advice

The interview process can be a bit frightening, especially as this internship is targeted towards college freshmen and sophomores who likely have not had a big internship before. Be prepared for coding questions, although not everyone who applies for this position will be asked to code for the interviewer, Be prepared with talking points on your resume, and most of all at least act confident. If you seem like you know what you are doing and you are enthusiastic about the position your interviews will go well.
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Explore Intern

May - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I loved the structure of the internship, it was set up for me to learn the most and participate in the company.

What I wish was different

I wish my project would have been different.

Advice

I would suggest reaching out to anyone that interests you within the company to talk about their team especially if it is a team you might want to move to.
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Explore Intern

May - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I loved being able to work with two other interns in a group. My "pod" mates and I became very close. It was a lot easier navigating the new work environment with people that were the same age as you. I loved how laid back everyone was. My teammates, mentors, and manager were all there to support me and my pod mates. Towards the end of the internship we had team bonding events where we got lunch in downtown Bellevue and went to the movies together. My experience at Microsoft taught me how to highlight my strengths and improve my weaknesses. It taught me programming skills as well as interpersonal and analytical problem solving skills. Not only did I genuinely look forward to going to work each morning, I also enjoyed the work life balance that Microsoft reminds their employees to have. The Seattle-Redmond area was beautiful over the summer, and I did my fair share of exploring with my newly made friends. Overall it was an amazing experience and I look forward to returning as a software engineering intern this summer.

What I wish was different

Frankly, I wouldn't change a thing about my internship. I learned from every mistake I made along the way, and grew as both a person and programmer because of it.

Advice

My advice is to network like crazy. As an intern you have access to everyone's email; you have the opportunity to meet anyone in the whole company! Everyone has an amazing story to share. I feel like I learned the most just from talking to my mentors and asking them about their life experiences. It's so easy to email someone and ask them to grab lunch or a quick coffee with you before work, I would capitalize on that opportunity to grow your network and learn something new.
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Software Developer Intern

May - August 2014 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

It made everything I was learning in classes crystal clear. Moving from a classroom to an office also showed me how much I didn't know, and I was given the opportunity to fill in those gaps with the help from my mentor.

What I wish was different

I wish that there was room given to allow each role (PM, SDE, SDET) a week to try the other positions available. It would have been nice to see what other people were experiencing for their internships.

Advice

Don't be afraid to tackle a project larger than you think you can handle. If you're only doing what you think you can do, then you're failing yourself in the chance push yourself into the realm of uncomfortable that this role should be.
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Marketing Manager Intern

May - August 2020 • Silver Spring, MD

What I liked

I loved the autonomy of my project because it encouraged me to reach out to other teams. I networked a lot and met so many different areas of marketing even as a virtual intern. My manager and the rest of the team were the best and we fostered amazing relationships.

What I wish was different

I wish I experienced my internship in Seattle, but due to the virus, I completed it online. Other than that, I had an amazing internship and wouldn't change anything.

Advice

Make sure to stay connected to all your team members.
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Explore Intern

May - August 2020 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I loved meeting all the full-time employees and figuring out if I would like to do software engineering as a career.

What I wish was different

I would have like to experience life in Redmond. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, travel was not possible.

Advice

Take advantage of all the events! Full-time employees love to talk to interns!
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Explore Intern

May - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Basically everything! Everyone was really nice, and I had a lot of support from my team and mentors. I was also given a lot of freedom to work from different locations and attend fun work events!

What I wish was different

I wish that my team was located on main campus!

Advice

Don't be intimidated to reach out to anyone at the place that you work at, everyone wants to help you.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I believe Microsoft handled the remote experience well. All the necessary equipment was shipped to interns just before their start date to ensure a smooth onboarding experience. Having interned at the Redmond campus in 2019, I still felt that there were plenty of virtual events specifically for interns and other opportunities to socialize with other interns and teams this year.

What I wish was different

More clarity on the team change process earlier in the summer would have been nicer for interns who were likely to receive return offers. By the time we got more information, it was too late, at least for me and other interns in my batch, to network and find openings on other teams.

Advice

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Program Manager Intern

May - August 2020 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

The flexibility and ability to be creative

What I wish was different

The remote experience was difficult to meet other interns, but Microsoft tried their best

Advice

Your experience will be what you make of it. Try to go to every event if you can!
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2020 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Remote Internship

Advice

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Technical Account Manager

May - August 2020 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I really liked learning about Microsoft and what I’ll eventually be doing as a full time career.

What I wish was different

I wish it was in person. Covid-19 changed it to be online.

Advice

Enjoy the experience and stop stressing about the return offer.
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Product Advisor

May 2020 • Metairie, LA

What I liked

I love the company, the benefits, the team environment, and how much more I learn about the software engineering and business world through my job. This may be my permanent job after I graduate if I choose it to be.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Be flexible and able to do multiple different things. The company likes you more if you show them your able to adapt and have different skills.
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Software Engineer

May - August 2020 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

The company culture

What I wish was different

Doing the internship in person

Advice

Just be you. Be passionate about the work and ask as many questions as possible.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2020 • Houston, TX

What I liked

I liked the chance to get hands-on experience writing software for the cloud and connecting with people working in a variety of different fields within Microsoft.

What I wish was different

This is pretty obvious but I wish I had been able to be back in Seattle in person. However, we were able to have all the same events and meetups as last year, only virtually!

Advice

Microsoft is a huge company so don't limit yourself to any one area. As an intern, you are encouraged to speak to anyone who is available from any business area, so feel free to explore and meet new people.
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explore intern

May - August 2020 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I had an amazing experience, loved my manager and the project and team I worked with

What I wish was different

I wish it hadn't been remote

Advice

Be motivated and hard working and make the most of it!
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Software Engineering Intern

July - September 2020 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I really enjoyed being able to build a feature on a product that has more than half a billion users worldwide. It let me see the impact that I could generate and the people I could help.

What I wish was different

Advice

Rely on your teammates and mentors and don't be afraid to ask for help.
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