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Financial Analyst Intern

May - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

-Outgoing cohort of students, very tight-knit community -You can make your role as meaningful and impactful as you please, especially with a manager that will be your champion -Incredible salary for a 9-5 job -Work/life balance is unparalleled; people come from other tech companies to Microsoft to be able to make a lot of money and have a great life outside of work. -Large UMich representation across the company; a block M flag in at least one office down every hallway -The culture of the company under Satya Nadella is an incredible one, and loved by Wall Street -The FRP program allows you to do a wide range of work; there are 78 possible rotations

What I wish was different

-I personally didn't love the 40-hour work week; not rigorous enough for me -I didn't love rainy Seattle or the city; again, a personal preference. Everyone should feel out the city before committing to it full time. -Unclear exit opportunities from the FRP program; vaguely understand what you're eligible for after graduating the 2-year program, but 99% of analysts graduate to a manager role and don't leave Microsoft. -Peers ranged from Ivy League students to D3/unranked school students; I truthfully wasn't intellectually stimulated by a handful of analysts due to the nature of some of their schools and background. -A majority of work is done a bit siloed; have to go out of your way to collaborate with your team. -Microsoft FRP does not fund your MBA

Advice

Network with different managers to see what rotation best aligns with your interests and goals! There is something for everyone, no matter how niche your interests are within Microsoft.
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Program Manager Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Great culture, perks, and cool team

What I wish was different

Closer to home

Advice

Try out everything in Seattle. Beautiful city and awesome people
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Program Manager and Software Developer

May - August 2019 • Sunnyvale, CA

What I liked

The experience gave me great insight as to what it was like working on a team in the tech industry from beginning to end of a product cycle. The mentors were also very helpful and it was a very encouraging learning environment.

What I wish was different

I wish that my project had been more of what I was interested in, but it was still good experience.

Advice

That it is a very open-ended program that I was in, and it is for those who are willing to learn quickly, learn to communicate well and be willing to fail
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Hardware Design Engineer

July - September 2019 • Sunnyvale, CA

What I liked

Work was good.

What I wish was different

Advice

Hard work is essential
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Explore Intern

May - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I loved my team and project. They were really energetic and always willing to help. My project challenged me and was exciting to work on every day.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to have more exposure to the business side of operations.

Advice

I would advise interns to get lunch with their team! It is a great way to build relationships and create a work community.
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Software Engineering and Project Management Intern

May - August 2018 • Sunnyvale, CA

What I liked

I liked how it was a structured internship with strong mentorship. I liked having two other interns in my pod to work with on my project. I appreciated the intern events Microsoft hosted.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Take advantage of every opportunity that you come across! Connect with as many people (interns and full-time employees) as possible and learn from them.
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Electrical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I loved the team I was working with. My manager worked hard to make sure I had a cool project that would be a part of the product going to market.

What I wish was different

Advice

I would recommend when interning to put yourself out there and talk to the full time employees because everyone at Microsoft is happy to share their experience inside and outside the company.
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Explorer Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I really enjoyed how open and welcoming everyone at Microsoft was. Co-workers were always willing to provide their expertise to help me with my project and share their own experiences with me. The mentorship was simply amazing!

What I wish was different

Advice

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Explore Intern

May - August 2017 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Everything

What I wish was different

Learning Curve

Advice

Take advantage of every shot you have.
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New Technologist

June - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

It was a great opportunity to develop hard skills and put into practice all the soft skills I had learned during the entire first year at Minerva. Also, I had the opportunity to get to know the environment of a big tech company.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more support related to housing.

Advice

It does not matter the level of experience you have, you can always contribute to others.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Great work culture. The company is full of very knowledgeable people who are eager to help!

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Engineer Intern

June - September 2017 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Hands on experience with helpful mentor

What I wish was different

Better team placement

Advice

Team placement is very important, stress the roles you are interested in.
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Product Management Intern

May - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I love the company, i loved the division I was in. Seattle was AMAZING in the summer. All of their internship benefits are incredibly generous. I had an amazing Manager that I learned so much from.

What I wish was different

The recruiting process for Microsoft is complex and usually takes a long time. Recruiters change frequently and it is hard to know who to reach out to. Your experience is directly tied to what team you get assigned to as well as who your manager is.

Advice

Highly recommend!! You are getting an amazing hands on career experience in a beautiful city while being paid. This is amazing. Both explorer and regular internships are a wonderful experience.
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Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Great experience, got to learn about PM and Dev through the "Explore Microsoft" Intern program

What I wish was different

Location

Advice

Give it a shot, it can't hurt to apply.
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Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

lots of fun intern events, networking opportunities, and I learned a lot. My team was supportive and engaged

What I wish was different

I didn't get a say in team placement

Advice

Do it!!!
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Cambridge, MA

What I liked

I really loved my team, the laid back corporate culture, and the office. I also got to fly out to Seattle for basically a week-long paid vacation.

What I wish was different

I didn't love the product I was working on - I thought it was really boring.

Advice

When it comes time to pick a team for your return offer, reach out to specific people and teams! You really can pick exactly the team you want to work on, which is a great thing that Microsoft offers over many other companies.
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Explorer Intern

June - September 2017 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I liked the people that I was able to meet and get to work with. I really liked the company culture and how easy it was to get help from the people that you were working with.

What I wish was different

I do not have any complaints.

Advice

Go in ready to meet as many people with different career paths as possible.
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Project Manager Marketing Intern

May - August 2017 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Autonomy, feedback, learning growth

What I wish was different

not in seattle

Advice

be open minded
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Explorer Intern

May - August 2017 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Interns were treated extremely well. Even though the company employees over 2,000 interns every Summer, each individual is treated with the upmost importance with each intern given many mentors, buddies, counselors, recruiters, and various other resources to maximize your time there. I was able to learn a great deal about the company and what it means to be a member of the community through collaborating alongside full time employees from various teams, attending presentations given by people from all levels of leadership and other global leaders such as Al Gore, and working on interesting and meaningful projects. The intern events were pretty amazing as well, these including sailing trips, boat parties, entire workdays of games and activities, hiking trips, game nights, and of course the Signature Event which is a private concert for all 2,000 interns (whom, by the way, are flown out from where ever they're working) at a completely reserved location followed by the giving of a gift. This year, the event had the Chainsmokers perform at the Boeing Renton Factory, after which we were given Xbox One S's with additional free content. Yeah, this experience was unlike any other.

What I wish was different

Although the project I had been working on was interesting and valuable to the team of which I was a part, I wish that I had the opportunity to utilize my skills with more than just that project and its specific technologies so that I could demonstrate skill in various areas as well as experience what it is like to work on various projects at Microsoft.

Advice

Make the most of your time there. I mean this in terms of both exploring Microsoft (ha, get it) and the area around you. The company offers so much transparency and allows its employees to know what is happening in the company, where it is headed, and why it does what it does - this last point I believe being the most important part. In terms of the area, Seattle, Redmond and all the neighboring cities (even those a bit further out like Vancouver and Portland) are dense with activity and beauty. Commuting everyday from Seattle to Redmond (I stayed at an apartment in downtown Seattle) was never a bore because of getting to see Mt. Reiner in the skyline every time. Interning at Microsoft provides you with so many opportunities and a plethora of experiences, so much so I keep having to add content to the "What did you life?" question. Make the most of it, for you'll only get as much as you give.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Growing my knowledge and surrounding myself with incredibly capable engineers to work with and ask for help.

What I wish was different

I wish I didn't have to come back for this final semester. Washington is way nicer than SF.

Advice

Just apply. Everyone is so lazy or scared of rejection that they'll end up applying to a few dozen places and talk about how hard it is or how much effort they put in. I put my job applications on a spreadsheet to keep track and to get my first internship I applied to 600 places. My experience is not unique. Just apply and keep applying and keep fixing your resume and keep applying.
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