Heads-up — check us out at schools all across the US

We're out there visiting a bunch of schools in the next few weeks.  At each of these schools you will run into a senior member of the Office development team--we're representing all of Microsoft, not just Office, interviewing for full time and internships on our product teams.

Stop by your college career office for information on how to sign up and take part in the process.  If your school isn't on the list, check with the office anyway since there is a good chance we have a visit planned and I just missed it in the listing below.

For more information on the process check out http://www.microsoft.com/college.  There are instructions on who to contact and how to apply in general.

Also stay tuned since at many of these schools we will also be giving a tech talk on Office. 

And finally, we are doing LiveMeeting interviews with a number of other schools.  We're working with the career office so no need to sign up for anything special, should this apply to your school.

Hope to see you there!

Brigham Young University
California Polytechnic State University SLO
Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell University
Duke University
Florida Institute of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Iowa State
Michigan State University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University - University Park
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Stanford University
Texas A & M University - College Station
University of Arizona
University of California - Berkeley
University of California - Davis
University of California - Irvine
University of California - Los Angeles
University of California - San Diego
University of California - Santa Barbara
University of Illinois - Chicago
University of Maryland - College Park
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Texas - Austin
University of Victoria
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Waterloo
University of Wisconsin
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Washington University in St. Louis


Comments (9)
  1. Silicon Valley Product Manager says:


    Curious how the list of schools being visited is derived?  Seems like there are alot of schools that are top ranked that you are not visiting…maybe just this trip out?  I would think that Microsoft & Office want to get the best possible talent. One way is to interview the most selective and grueling colleges.  Ones that come to mind (and ranked at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/brief/natudoc/tier1/t1natudoc_brief.php)

    not on your list include:

    Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Brown, Univ of Chicago, Rice, Vanderbilt, Emory, Tufts, Univ of North Carolina,  USC, Wake Forest, Lehigh, Case Western, Georgia Inst of Tech, NYU,  Univ of Illinois-Urbana.

    Not to pick on any one school, but in your list its easy to single out several and go "HUH???"; several are 2nd rate at best if not 3rd.   Many of the ones  on my list are ranked much higher than many of those on your list; yeah I know the ranking issues…but it does seem odd.   Just curious how your list is developed?

    I know for a fact that Google and Yahoo  recruit at more on my list than yours. Is there some concern that Microsoft needs to find ‘safe-havens’? No probably not., just a fluke of lists?


    Silicon Valley Product Manager

  2. steven_sinofsky says:

    This is only a partial list of schools as I said–it represents the schools that folks on the office team are visiting in the next few weeks.

    We have and will visit nearly all the schools on your list.  We visited most of the schools you describe this Fall already.

    If you look back at the blog you will see I visited the first two on your list this Fall.  And you will also see some comments from folks "hey what about <this school>".  So I posted this list to make sure folks know that we take a very broad view of recruiting from colleges around the country (and I didn’t include any outside North America that we are visiting!)

    We visit well over 100 colleges in the course of the year and interview students at many more (I couldn’t even count).

  3. noname says:

    is the top rated schools are the only place where you can hire brightest talent or you can look in other places also say a school which is not have high rankings?

  4. Silicon Valley Product Manager says:


    Yes thanks just as I offered, an abberation of lists for this trip only.

    But your quick response does raise another question: visiting hundreds of schools is a very broad effort. I would think some particular ‘targeting" would be in order to get specific talent .  Can that be tied to being a ‘dev’ ?  Or is it the philosophy at Office/Microsoft of "cream: in the process of hiring and performance reviews, the true cream will rise to the top."

    Silicon Valley Product Manager

  5. steven_sinofsky says:

    I guess I can’t win.  Too few, too many. 🙂

    We hire  those with the best abilities and potential we can find anywhere around the world from any background.

  6. JobsBlog says:

    A Microsoft recruiter here. 🙂 Microsoft considers students from every university across the US and the world.  Naturally, we can’t be in all places all the time so we only visit a select number of schools (some visited more often than others), but our recruiters review, interview, and hire students from a variety of universities.  In fact, we have an entire recruiting team just focused on recruiting students from the universities we don’t visit in-person.

    To learn if Microsoft is visiting your school, you can review our upcoming college events at http://www.microsoft.com/college/yourschool.aspx.  If Microsoft isn’t visiting your school, don’t fret.  You can apply through our website at http://www.microsoft.com/college/app_overview.mspx.

    And if you attend one of the schools Steven mentioned, be sure to get out there and meet the cool people from Office.

    – gretchen

  7. steven_sinofsky says:

    Question from a reader:

    "Do Microsoft have some seperate posts for Fresh Graduates in Development? I mean, are there any seperate seats for them or do they need to compete in open market?

    Moreover, Is there any criteria to get hired at Microsoft?"


    We hire as many qualified folks as we are able to, both current graduates, recent graduates, and the full spectrum of industry folks.  

    All technical candidates go through a rigorous technical interview (see blogs.msdn.com/jobsblog).  

    We do not have a competition between experienced and college graduates for the same position–there is plenty of room for all qualified folks.


  8. Hello

    Is there any process for  hiring International Students (Undergraduate) for the Office Team.

  9. steven_sinofsky says:

    More information is on http://www.microsoft/college.  We do visit some international campuses as well and of course we have offices in many countries where depending on your background you might be interested in pursuing a position in a country office.

    Readers might also choose to write their legislative representatives and ask them to consider the H1-B visa limits now in place.


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