Microsoft

Career Internship Partner

Partner Since: 
September, 2008
Interns Placed to Date: 
73

What started out as a pilot program with 4 interns has grown into an unparalleled internship experience for a class of 20+ teens per year who become a part of the Microsoft team through the Microsoft Apprentice Program (MAP).  MAP is a rigorous internship offering high school teens exposure to business and marketing fundamentals, and career exploration.   

Teens are assigned to managers in a variety of Microsoft groups from online business (think Bing and MSN), to Microsoft Office, to marketing.  Typical projects include use of Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint and involve data entry, event coordination, information retrieval, research, composing routine business communications and emails, and compiling routine reports and presentations. Many positions have a marketing focus, which involves work on social media campaigns and raising awareness about products and services.

In addition to the teens' role on their team they participate in ongoing group trainings and activities as part of the Program.  Weekly apprentice trainings offer the opportunity to build skills and access resources to help the apprentices be more successful in their roles.

MAP begins in August of each year and runs through June.  Teens who meet or exceed their performance objectives are invited to work for the summer session for 25 hours/week.

About Our Partner: 

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, United States that develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing. The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975. Microsoft is the world's largest software maker measured by revenues. It is also one of the world's most valuable companies. 

The Microsoft Apprentice Program provides teens with a unique opportunity to learn business and professional skills and to develop their communication skills & confidence. Microsoft benefits from having apprentices at the company through the business impact they make with their work on projects and the unique perspective they bring as young consumers of our products. -Nora Kelly, Microsoft Apprentice Program Leader
On top of gaining the valuable real world experience that comes with this apprenticeship, I was truly inspired by all the lessons that I have acquired-- great advice that I will carry through for the rest of my life. I came in to the program with little expectations and vague goals, now I can definitely say what I have learned and took from the program cannot be found elsewhere. -Microsoft Apprentice