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Microsoft Corporation Research Intern - Economics, Economics and Computation in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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.

Microsoft Research New England at and Microsoft Research New York City at have multiple research intern positions in Economics and the Economics and Computation at group for the Summer of 2021. Research areas include market design, algorithmic game theory, social network theory, applied microeconomics, microeconomic theory, public economics, industrial organization, behavioral economics, and applied and theoretical econometrics (including ALICE at and the Market Design Center at ). Potential mentors for this position include Hunt Allcott at , Nicole Immorlica at , Greg Lewis at , Brendan Lucier at , Markus Mobius at , Alex Slivkins at , and Vasilis Syrgkanis at .

The Economics and Computation at group includes researchers at both MSR NE and MSR NYC, who collaborate closely. This and related internship postings can be found on the Economics and Computation website; candidates are encouraged to apply to multiple postings.

Other internships at MSR NE at and MSR NYC at can be found on the labs’ listing of opportunities or in the job search tool at . Microsoft Research New England at and Microsoft Research New York City at are comprised of approximately fifty full-time researchers and postdocs working in AI for systems, computational biology, computational social science, economics and computation, FATE, machine learning and AI, machine learning and statistics, reinforcement learning, social media studies, theoretical computer science. The labs are highly collaborative and interdisciplinary and are actively engaged with the local academic and tech communities.


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 currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science, Economics, or a related field.

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 at .

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