Microsoft US Internships Again On Offer For Australia Students

EDIT - 7/2/08: Information below has been edited from it's original form to reflect updated information about how to apply for Microsoft technical Internships.

I've just been pinged by the Redmond recruiters, who have let me know that they are coming back to Australia to again talk to students interested in technical internships at our US headquarters. If going on a 3 month paid stint to Microsoft headquarters during your summer 2008-09 holidays sounds like a whole bunch of fun to you, read on and send an application to the link below before February 29th. Our technical internships honestly have to be one of the hottest graduate experiences on offer.


Options are Good.

In life. And in your career.


A Real World Experience Like No Other

As an intern at Microsoft, you’ll have real responsibility, real work, and real opportunities to jumpstart your career. (You’ll get paid, too!) It’s an experience you’ll never find in a classroom. You’ll be given manageable assignments that you can complete while you’re here, and your efforts will likely take shape in Microsoft products—or be used by Microsoft teams—long after you return to school. And just imagine millions of customers, not to mention your classmates, seeing your work! Some interns even parlay their experience into a job offer.

An Opportunity to Rise and Shine
Our interns make a real difference. Not by filing paperwork or running errands, but by developing real products. Here, you’ll get started right away, running your own projects and putting your own skills to work. This is why our internship program is one of the most successful and sought after in the industry. Because you’ll learn more in 12 weeks here than you would in a whole school year. It’s the kind of work that gets noticed by millions of people all over the world. Kind of redefines the whole concept of internships, don’t you think?


“An internship allowed me to identify areas in which I needed to grow and helped to validate that I am working in the right field.”
John, Software Development Lead, Windows Server Performance


Current open opportunities within Microsoft:

1)  Software Design Engineer (SDE) Intern


Work at the Core of Every Product We Build
This internship is where the fun begins for code gurus like you. As a hands-on Software Design Engineer intern, you’ll learn how to make decisions about design and feature implementation, using your mastery of technical tools to help make a product vision a reality. If you would like to write code and design efficient data structures and algorithms to develop next-generation applications or operating systems, listen up. This internship shows you how SDEs bring products to life by working with Program Managers to ensure strong design and Software Design Engineers in Test to ensure quality through testing. Ultimately for the SDE, it’s your code that turns concepts into new technologies and services.


Fluency in C/C++/C# and a passion for writing quality code using computer science fundamentals

Ability to derive creative and innovative solutions by thinking "outside the box"

Ability to solve complex problems, sometimes by testing and debugging code

Expertise in feature definition, design, and feasibility

Demonstrated skill in estimating development time

Be available to relocate to our corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington, U.S.A for a 12 week internship (Microsoft Corporation pays all costs associated with relocation)

Functional level English Language skills, written and spoken requirement


2)  Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) Intern


Discover Life on the Last Line of Defense
As an intern Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET), you’ll own it, break it, fix it, and own it again. You’ll ensure a product’s quality by making sure it performs as users expect it to. Part of the fun is how creative you can be devising ways to manipulate, crush, and sabotage software into submission—while creating innovative testing technologies along the way.   Ultimately, as an SDET intern it’s your input that can help make the difference between joy and frustration for the customers. Since you’re keen on how things work, and making them work better, you’ll work hand in hand with the Program Managers and Software Design Engineers to design, develop, and maintain automation systems for use in development and testing cycles. Using the tools you create, you’ll help pour over source code for trouble spots, debugging and isolating problems, and executing creative tests to find new bugs while regression testing recent fixes.


Fluency in C/C++/C#/VB.NET and experience designing and developing tool architecture

Ability to solve complex problems and write automation systems and device drivers

Ability to author test plans and cases, conduct security and stress tests, and debug at source level after identifying, investigating, and prioritizing bugs

Demonstrated skills in negotiation and conflict management

Demonstrated interest in customer advocacy derived from a holistic understanding of the product from the code level to delivery

Be available to relocate to our corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington, U.S.A for a 12 week internship (Microsoft Corporation pays all costs associated with relocation)

Functional level English Language skills, written and spoken requirement


Whatever position you choose, you’ll make a real impact in the dynamic world of product development at Microsoft. Microsoft has an ongoing need for exceptional university students from around the world to help us build the next generation of software products. All positions are in the United States at our corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

Send Us Your Resume
Submitting a resume is the only way to get to the next stage of consideration, the interview.  Our recruiting team travels to your region regularly to meet bright and enthusiastic people like you, and we look forward to receiving your resume.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are updating your resume to send to us:

Clearly state your graduation date, degree/major and the university are attending

Specify your technical skills (including programming languages and other development tools you know well), project details (both within university and at any jobs or internships you have held), and technologies you have used on those projects

Describe your role in the projects that you worked on, and what you personally achieved

Provide an active e-mail address, physical address, and current phone number where we can reach you

If interested, please send your resume to


A recruiter will review it, and if interested will set up a phone interview as a first step.  And, by the way, we have many positions available, so if there is someone else you think we should know about; please share this information with them.  For more information, please see

NOTE: If we invite you to an interview somewhere in your region, we will cover any travel expenses you may have.  All non-U.S. residents will require a U.S. work visa. If you receive an offer from Microsoft, we will cover all costs for visa processing and approval.  Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.


Comments (1)

  1. Ammara Talat says:

    Hi! My name is Ammara Talat and I’m a sophmore student

    at Newport High school. I live in Bellevue,Washington. One of the reasons I’m really interested in getting a Microsoft internship is  because I’m looking forward to major in computer networking. And one of the top reasons is becuase my junior year I will be taking a CISCO NETWORKING class which is worth 20 college credits and a CCNP certification. So I would just like some expereince real life expereince while I’m taking the class in High school

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