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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

Microsoft provides such an inclusive environment I truly felt wanted and supported when I worked there. I really like the amount of technical support I was given too and the fact that you could email any random person that you never met but would like to speak to and they would set aside time to speak with you never lunch or a Skype call.

What I wish was different

This differs from team to team and from positions but in my case I really don't have any complaints

Advice

Make sure to ask a lot of questions, if you're blocked for more than 45minutes on a problem go ask your mentor, team member, or next available engineer you see. Everyone here is all trying to empower you and support you in achieving you goals and learning as much as possible.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

I really enjoyed the opportunity to put what I have learned in school to practical use.

What I wish was different

Nothing, it was really a great experience!

Advice

Manager and team matters a lot; make sure to talk to them to figure out what the experience will be like.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

I had a really challenging project and I liked how I was given ownership of it completely.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been communication earlier in the internship.

Advice

Err on the side of over communicating always. Make sure to set expectations and bring managers/mentors in sync.
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Inventory Control Expert

September 2018 • Bloomington, MN

What I liked

The environment and people in the store

What I wish was different

Advice

Be willing to put in the work and it will get recognized. Management notices and appreciates hard workers.
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Software Development Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

The breadth of what I learned, getting to have ownership over a whole project, the ability to learn skills that my university doesn't teach.

What I wish was different

Better mentorship, more support from my manager

Advice

Speak up when you're confused or don't know how to do something - mentors and managers are there to help you, but they don't know how to help you if you don't speak up.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Meaningful work. Interesting problems. Strong networking connections.

What I wish was different

Movement between teams.

Advice

Unparalleled internship experience. Take it if you get the chance.
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Full-Stack Software Engineer

June - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I liked how Microsoft organized a variety of intern events. We had activities like concert, hiking, game night etc. Most importantly I gained a lot of industrial experience which I could never learn from school. This internship prepared me to ramp up my future career as a software engineer.

What I wish was different

I wish I could start to prepare for interview earlier and have some experienced CS students guide me through this job search process, so it could be easier and less frustrating.

Advice

I would say when working in a team, you’d better seek agreement among team members before implementation. It will be too late if it turns out the good work you did will break someone else’s work.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I liked the resources available to me during the internship and the structure of the internship.

What I wish was different

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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I loved every moment of it. Best Summer ever.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

I gained a lot of relevant experience and I am excited I had the opporunity to spend the summer at Microsoft.
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Software Development Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Work culture, benefits

What I wish was different

Asked for questions more

Advice

Ask many questions
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Software Engineer Intern

June - September 2018 • Suzhou, Jiangsu

What I liked

Supportive environment, challenging projects.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Make friends with your mentor and fellow interns if possible.
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Management Intern

June 2018 • Fargo, ND

What I liked

I love the learning experience. I get to work in an amazing work culture with people from diverse backgrounds all around the globe. I actually get to give input and think critically while making decisions. I have also been able to strengthen my communication and presentation skills.

What I wish was different

More organization of the internship program.

Advice

Do not be afraid to try! If you are going to fail, fail fast. Then get back up and try again.
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Software Engineer

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Great benefits. Great location. Interesting subject matter (worked on a computer vision team).

What I wish was different

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Explore Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

lots of intern activities, got to write code for a real project

What I wish was different

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Explore Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

Great work environment, great intern benefits

What I wish was different

Better team and location

Advice

Make the most of your opportunity because it's a great gentle intro to software engineering and product management and corporate life
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

- The mentorship I received - My project - My friendly and diverse team and very wise manager - The intern activities, community and programming.

What I wish was different

- I wish I had more 1:1s and general interaction with my manager (I had them with my mentor instead) - I wish I had a project which was more full-stack (it was mainly front-end).

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions and email random people to meet up and learn from them! It will be worth it.
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Explorer Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I loved how involved Microsoft was in making sure that the interns had a good experience at their company.

What I wish was different

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Finance Rotation Program Intern

June - August 2018 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

If you can get an internship with a company that you believe is your dream company, do it. You'll either be completely right or completely wrong and you can move on from there.
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SWE/PM Explore Intern

May - August 2018 • Bellevue, WA

What I liked

Coworkers, events, and everything about the experience.

What I wish was different

I wouldn't change anything!

Advice

Even Google recruiters told me that Microsoft has the BEST summer internships for CS majors.
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PM Intern

May - August 2018 • Redmond, WA

What I liked

I liked getting to know how a large company like Microsoft works with many teams and I also liked the role of a PM in managing multiple parties (developers, cross-team communications, designers, etc).

What I wish was different

I wish that I had more guidance since PM-ing was new for me and more resources to work directly with developers. While my project was cool, I don't think it was prioritized highly with respect to full-time employees' projects and because of that I didn't feel that my work was as impactful.

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