Computing Community Consortium Blog

The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.

Microsoft Announces New Policy-Focused Internship Program

February 9th, 2012 / in policy, resources / by Erwin Gianchandani

MicrosoftMicrosoft’s Technology Policy Group (TPG) has announced a new internship program that will offer “a limited number of internships to exceptional candidates interested in helping characterize the long-term policy implications of disruptive technologies.” The program — which entails a separate application and selection process from the long-running Microsoft Research Internship Program — aims to place policy-minded graduate students in computing or related fields in paid internships at Microsoft’s Redmond, WA, campus for 12 weeks this summer.

According to the announcement:

TPG is charged with exploring how disruptive technologies affect Microsoft’s business outlook and policy landscape in key areas such as Internet Governance, Wireless Spectrum Management, Next Generation Networks, 21st Century Research Universities, Privacy, Environmental Sustainability, Data Sovereignty, Intelligent Systems and the impact of Natural User Interfaces on improved access to technology and digital Inclusion. As an intern with TPG you will be working on one of these key policy areas for Microsoft helping to shape our thinking and position.


Your work will be done in partnership with Microsoft’s business groups, Microsoft Research, Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs as well as regional teams and subsidiaries. Importantly, TPG engages with thought leaders throughout the world across a range of universities, think tanks, NGOs, other major industry players, governments and international agencies. We envision and communicate the future of technological innovation and its disruptive influences, positioning Microsoft strategically for long-term success within this broad ecosystem of internal and external stakeholders. Based on your work in the team, TPG will engage directly with Microsoft influentials and policy leaders around the world, sharing our collective vision of information technology and engaging with them on public policy issues and strategies that can help accelerate and inform progress on technological innovation.


Somewhat uniquely, TPG has a dedicated prototyping capability which allows us to create demonstrators and/or proof-of-concepts which evidence the nature of future technical disruptions and inform policy makers as they wrestle with the implications of future changes to their policy and regulatory frameworks. Such integration of software development and alongside analytical exploration provides a solid foundation for our policy work.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to e-mail their CVs to today.

Help us get the word by distributing this announcement to your colleagues and students!

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)

Microsoft Announces New Policy-Focused Internship Program

Comments are closed.