Internship opportunities for students & recent graduates: Microsoft Garage Designer in Cambridge

Internship opportunities for students & recent graduates: Microsoft Garage Designer
Cambridge MA USA

Job Details

Updated on 2019-07-09

The Garage is an innovative program that gives university students the opportunity to work with industry leaders and their peers to build apps for the latest Microsoft platforms.  Garage students work in small teams with modern engineering toolsets to build and ship their work.  Each team is responsible for an app, starting with product definition, working through design and development; and if successful, wrapping up with the public launch of the app in the Store.  Coaches and technical leaders from across Microsoft provide guidance and expertise.  


The Garage internship opportunities for students studying in the United States are located in Cambridge, MA and Redmond, WA, and for students studying in Canada, the Garage internship opportunities are in Vancouver, Canada. 


Garage Principles:

  • Invest in great talent: The Garage provides an opportunity for students to experience the breadth of Microsoft technologies and to practice engineering in a fast-paced environment.  We grow talent and provide an on-ramp for interns to move into future internship or full-time positions at Microsoft.
  • Build on Microsoft platforms:  Microsoft’s strategic platform is constantly moving forward.  Our teams build apps and cloud-powered services on Windows, Xbox One, HoloLens, Surface Hub and Azure with APIs from OneDrive, OneNote, Xbox Live, and others.
  • Ship fast with quality: The Garage uses modern engineering infrastructure and an agile development model to ship apps in 16weeks.  Our apps ship to Microsoft’s app stores and have received accolades from press, partners, and customers alike. 


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.


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.  


  • A bachelor’s degree in in HCI, Industrial or Graphic Design or related field (pursuing with at least one semester/quarter remaining after internship).
  • 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


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.

Internship opportunities for students & recent graduates: Microsoft Garage Designer
Cambridge MA USA