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Internship opportunities for students & recent graduates: Microsoft Garage Designer

Microsoft Cambridge, MA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Join the Garage internship where you can shine a light on your talent and be challenged in ways you never imagined. This is a unique internship designed to put your cutting-edge development and design skills to the challenge to rapidly prototype and build a product on the latest Microsoft platforms. You will work in a small team with other Garage interns and be responsible for creating a product end-to-end, starting with product definition, working through design and development; and if successful, wrapping up with the public launch of the product. Coaches and technical leaders from across Microsoft provide guidance and expertise along the way.  


Microsoft’s worldwide teams and product groups compete with one another to get you to build their idea. Garage intern teams work with a variety of internal development teams from Microsoft products such as Bing, Office, InTune, Surface, HoloLens and Xbox One.


The Garage Internship Principles:

    It’s like boot camp. But friendlier. And geekier. Interns are armed with the latest tools and tactics needed to define, design and develop apps for Microsoft’s latest mobile, wearable and cloud platforms.
    It takes a village to raise a product. At The Garage, intern teams with Microsoft’s professional engineers, designers, program managers and each other to bring a product to life.  
    Interns are empowered to work together to bring ideas to life by brainstorming, debating, designing, coding, eating lots of pizza, debugging, optimizing and ultimately shipping their apps for the world to use.

After 12 to 16 weeks, crossing the finish line with your Garage team could mean putting your product out to the world to use. Excitement. Satisfaction. Relief. That’s what it feels like when you “shipped it”!


The Garage internship opportunities for students studying in the United States are in Cambridge, MA, Silicon Valley, CA and Redmond WA. For students studying in Canada, the internship is in Vancouver, Canada.


Applications to these opportunities are considered for all available Garage intern roles including the ones described below, depending on education level and/or location. To be considered for an internship or college student position, you need to be enrolled full-time as a student majoring in an applicable field.


Garage UX Designer


As a Designer in the Garage, you’ll bring a product to life by working with a small team of interns made up of software engineers and a program manager, with guidance and insight from a team of experienced technical coaches and mentors.  You will work closely with your team and have end-to-end ownership for design and user experience for a product that will delight customers and add strategic value for Microsoft.   You will define the design and user experience, making decisions about how to most effectively engage the user and deliver functionality in an elegant and productive way.  Working with your team, you will manage risks, leverage other products and technologies, and drive integration with the broader ecosystem.  As a Designer, you are dedicated to producing the world’s most delightful and productive experiences.

  • Pursuing a B.A./B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. degree in HCI, Industrial or User Interaction Design, or related field

  • 1-2 years of work or classroom experience evolving design solutions from hand sketched ideas to interactive Director, HTML or Flash prototypes

  • 1-2 years of work or coursework in JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS. XAML knowledge a plus

  • A strong portfolio of UI and UX design work (course work or professional) that shows a breadth of experience and illustrates the entire design process from ideation through to final interface design. Please provide a link to your portfolio with your application

  • Exceptional graphic/visual design capabilities including typography, sketching, composition, layout, color, presentation of information

  • Excellent communication skills. Ability to communicate your ideas at all stages of the design process to a wide variety of audiences

  • Proactive work ethic, capable and creative problem solver who is not afraid of big challenges

  • Able to work closely with other team members in a collaborative productive multidisciplinary environment


The Garage is a global community of thousands of interns, employees, and teams from across the company who come together to turn ideas into experimental projects. We grow talent and provide an on-ramp for interns to move into future internships or possible full-time positions at Microsoft.

Check out intern-created projects and blog posts detailing their internship experience at


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.


Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.



Cambridge, MA