Microsoft Corporation Research Intern – Speech and Dialog in Bellevue, Washington

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Microsoft’s Speech & Dialogue Research Group (SDRG) is looking for exceptional interns to work on cutting edge research in one of the following areas: Speech Recognition, Speech Enhancement, Speaker Recognition/Verification/Diarization, Audio Visual Fusion, Dialogue, and related Natural Language Processing and Applied Machine/Deep Learning in all aspects of spoken language processing.

The mission of our group is to make fundamental contributions to advancing the state-of-the-art in speech and language technology both within Microsoft and in the external research community. We conduct research by using public benchmarks, which allowed us to achieve a milestone in reaching human parity on the Switchboard conversational speech recognition task, as well as internal data for forward-looking topics such as audio-visual far-field meeting transcription. As the speech and language technology is increasingly becoming an essential element of our daily lives both at work and at home, our research has contributed, and will contribute, to various Microsoft products, such as Windows, Office, Cortana, Xbox, Skype Translator, as well as third party applications through public services.


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 offered year-round, though they typically begin in the summer.

We are an extremely agile team and we move very fast from ideas to experimentation, and to development. If you are passionate about exploring new ideas and product impact at the same time, this job is for you.


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.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in Computer Science or a related STEM field.

  • Must have 1+ year research experience in Speech, Dialogue, or related NLP areas.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands-on experience with Machine/Deep Learning using frameworks such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, or Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit.

  • Track record of publications in speech related conferences (e.g., ICASSP, Interspeech, ASRU, SLT) or NLP-related conferences (e.g., ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, ICLR, NIPS)

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