Microsoft's ambitions to put a computer on every desk have evolved to put a computing device just about anywhere and connect it to the cloud rather than anchor it to a desk. Besides the Windows operating system and Office suite of productivity programs, Microsoft makes tablets (Surface), game consoles (Xbox), and smartphones (Lumia). It even introduced its first laptop computer in 2015. Still software -- for consumers and businesses -- is Microsoft's biggest source of revenue.
Microsoft has a well-earned reputation as a top employer and top firm in its field. It also offers a number of internship programs for undergraduate, graduate, J.D., and MBA students looking to get into business:
Business Development Manager (MBA): Business development managers identify key strategic initiatives to develop and successfully execute Go to Market strategies against top competitors. As part of this role, interns will drive capacity planning to ensure partner readiness to increase sales and market share. Microsofit is looking for a gan intern who can think out of the box with ideas, execute on messaging, design presentations to support to customer and partner communications and support the Enterprise Partner Team.
Business Programs & Operations (Undergraduate and Graduate): Microsoft's Operations team is responsible for the global operations of the company's Commercial, Consumer, Services, Microsoft Business Solutions, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) businesses. They focus on the strategy, development, and execution of launch planning, agreement processing, invoicing, and supply chain solutions for Microsoft’s products and services worldwide.
Legal & Corporate Affairs: A Legal intern works within Microsoft's Legal & Corporate Affairs department in Redmond, WA, USA. Interns will have a broad range of responsibilities from across the department, which may include researching legal issues impacting business strategy, drafting transactional documents, attending client meetings and product reviews, and collaborating with internal teams on cross-group projects.
Supply Chain & Operations Management (Undergraduate, Graduate and MBA): A supply chain professional serves as a link between Microsoft's hardware development teams and the marketplace. Whether collaborating with team leaders and producers or contacting outside vendors and support businesses, interns use communication skills to maximize exposure for products in the categories of gaming, tablets and PCs, PC hardware, TV and Media Center, and Mobile services. Interns will work to optimize efficiency and costs as products are moved between supplier and retail and guarantee that the supply matches the needs of partners and customers. Interns will also develop best practices to make sure that efficiency consistently improves in the supply chain.
Requirements differ based on the internship position:
Business Development Manager (MBA): Candidates must have an MBA degree (pursuing from full-time studies) and experience in selling software solutions to large enterprises preferred. They must also have excellent communication skills and strong writing and presentation skills; a strong desire and business acumen for consultative solution selling; exceptional negotiation, customer service, and interpersonal skills; a passion for technology, both consumer and enterprise; and some understanding of cloud computing, Microsoft Office 365, or devices preferred.
Business Programs & Operations (Undergraduate and Graduate): Candidates must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business, communications, operations or related fields (pursuing with at least one semester/quarter remaining after internship). They must also possess a demonstrated ability in program or project management, preferably in the technology field and have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the bility to work on multiple projects simultaneously, deal with ambiguity, make trade-off decisions, meet deadlines, and drive for results.
Legal & Corporate Affairs: Candidates must be a first-year law student pursuing a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school. They must also possess excellent analytical ability and legal drafting skills; excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to communicate effectively across a large number of diverse internal groups, teams and divisions. In addition, candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work efficiently, meet deadlines, and manage multi-dimensional projects in a fast-paced environment; and have the ability to research and learn new concepts and legal issues quickly to facilitate problem solving.
Supply Chain & Operations Management (Undergraduate, Graduate and MBA): Candidates must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in operations, supply chain management, industrial engineering or relevant fields (pursuing with at least one semester/quarter remaining after internship) or an MBA degree with a focus in operations, logistics or supply chain (pursuing from full-time MBA studies). Candidates must also have experience with global materials life-cycle management (development, launch, sustaining and end of life) and start-up/shut-down process management preferred; experience with enterprise resource planning, material management systems and implementations a plus; and the ability to analyze, explain, and draw conclusions based on complex data from multiple content areas.
1 Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 1 (425) 882-8080
Fax: 1 (425) 936-6150
Number of Interns: Varies
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Business School Students
Degree Track: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration