Example Internships: Microsoft
Here are some example recent internships, and a couple of future possibilities. Not all would necessarily be relevant to our student population. This list, however, will give you a feel for the types of internships Microsoft offers. (Thanks to Mike Calcagno for providing this information.)
- MT system: Student designed end-to-end statistical MT system for English to German, and included Greek in the mix to test the technology.
- How may I help you system: Student developed an authoring tool for developing "How may I help you?" systems.
- MT toolkit: Student started off by comparing different semi-supervised classifier systems. Adapted the best of each into a toolkit for cross-lingual named entity recognition, replicating results from this community.
- Query log analysis, query log clustering: design system to deal with the large volume of queries, and cluster these by topic, language, etc.
- Help doc. classification: learn language models from help documents and classify them by language (assumption: route to correct team)
- Topic/tasks: It's up to the manager for any particular group to decide what projects a student might work on. However, students are generally asked what they would like to do, and management trys to tailor tasks to that student.
- IP issues: Generally try to avoid them. More sensitive issues in MSN Search than the NLP group.
- Budget: Internships are very limited, and dependent on budgetary issues. Last year, 9 slots were available (in NLP).
- Employment: About 50 percent of summer interns find their way into full-time Microsoft employment.
- 07 Nov 2005