Microsoft is hiring a Research Intern - Natural Language Generation

United States (Washington)

Posted about 2 months
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.

Our summarization science team is working on cutting-edge AI techniques to build the best solutions for summarization. Our research interests include; the next generation of pre-trained foundation model for text generation, interactive text generation and controllable text generation. In the past few years, we developed DeBERTa which is one of the best foundation models for NLU and it's the first model achieved human parity on GLUE and SuperGLUE. We also developed Z-Code++ which is one of the best foundation models for NLU and NLG, especially for text summarization and it created 9 SoTA numbers out of 13 summarization tasks. There is tremendous progress on NLU/NLG as most existing AI models are static and not cost effective. This summer, we would love to work with you to explore the next generation of foundation models for text generation and summarization which will be effective and interactive.


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.


Required Qualifications
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.
  • Must be currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science.
  • Must have 1 year of research experience on natural language generation or text summarization.
  • Must have at least 1 paper published in a top conference, including, ICLR, ICML, NeurIPS, ACL, NAACL, EMNLP.
Interns are expected to be physically located in their manager’s Microsoft worksite location for the duration of their internship.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiar with Transformer models, e.g., T5, GPT.
  • Familiar with pytorch and python programming.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop original research agendas.
  • Able to collaborate effectively with other researchers and product development teams.
  • Ability to think unconventionally to derive creative and innovative solutions.

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.
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