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How to Get an Internship with Microsoft

If you fancy getting into a tech giant like Microsoft, you might want to apply for an internship with them. The company offers a well-rounded internship program that looks fabulous on your CV.

Here are some insider tips on how to secure the internship of your dreams.

Types of Internship

Clearly, an organisation the size of Microsoft has many different departments each requiring workers with different skillsets to fulfil various roles. This also means that there are a lot of different internships on offer. In fact, there are three main types of internship.

Technical internships

Technical internships cover positions from hardware and software engineering to game design. You’ll be taught how to master technical writing as well as how to manage other technical staff.

Business internships

You need a great business plan and great team behind it if your business is to get anywhere; even if you’re as colossal an empire as Microsoft. Business interns learn about HR, finance and marketing as well as many other aspects of running a blue chip corporation.

MBA internships

MBA internships are similar in many ways to those in business. The difference is that MBA internships tend to concentrate more on the managerial roles although there are also opportunities for planners and analysts.

References

Microsoft, like many other employers, expects you to provide references from colleagues, supervisors or your university tutors. They won’t accept references from family and friends. If you’ve not worked before, you can use any voluntary work you’ve done as a source of referees. Your references need to show that you’re a reliable, conscientious worker who will contribute and add value to the role during your internship.

Qualifications

Your suitability for an internship with Microsoft will to some extent be determined by your qualifications. Some roles demand a degree in a relevant subject area; IT for example. Think about the qualifications and experience you have and try to match them to an internship. This will give you a much better chance of success than applying for a role you’re not qualified for.

Your CV

You can choose to submit your CV and personal application directly through the Microsoft website or you can apply by post and send in your documents in your preferred format. Make sure that all the information you provide relates directly to what’s asked for in the job specification and person specification and try to demonstrate with examples that you have the skills and abilities that they are looking for.

Keep the presentation of your documents immaculate, clean and professional; don’t use colours or fancy fonts and always double check everything for typos and grammatical errors.

In conclusion

There’s no doubt that Microsoft is one of the largest corporations in the world and an internship with them could lead to a wonderful career. Take the time to do your research and preparation and you could be on your way to success.

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