PhD student Ming Jiang discusses her summer internship at Microsoft.
What is your research focus at the iSchool?
My main focus is on natural language processing and text mining. In particular, I'm interested in developing computational methods for better understanding the propagation of information.
Where did you work this summer, and what was your role?
I had a research internship at the Microsoft Research Lab (MSR) in Redmond, Washington. As an MSR intern, I collaborated with my mentor and other researchers to design and conduct an independent research project over a 12-week period. After deciding on a potential research question, I did a literature review, implemented the project (which focused on the study of text and image data), and presented my experimental results as well as findings to my mentor and other researchers.
How did you find out about the position?
I noticed a recruiting message on the MSR website.
What new skills did you acquire during your time with the company?
I mainly learned technical skills for a project implementation. Through my work, I talked with different researchers at MSR and improved my communication skills.
What did you like best about working at the company?
I enjoyed access to abundant resources, including data, software, and high-computing machines.
What would you advise current students who are interested in an internship opportunity?
I suggest that students browse through the websites of companies they are interested in and find their recruiting messages. Also, contacting employees is a good way to learn more detailed information about available positions.