Microsoft attracting more interns as the company becomes 'cool again'

Microsoft, like many large companies, likes to bring in a number of college interns to work at its offices over the summer. A new story over at Reuters reports that Microsoft has brought in 1,500 interns to work at its Redmond, Washington campus. The story says that a recent survey from the careers site Glassdoor said that Microsoft was the second most desirable place to be an intern, with Google as the number one company.

However, it appears that the people who intern at Microsoft are also the best paid, at over $6,000 a month. One of these interns, 22-year-old Gbenga Badipe, is quoted as saying, "Microsoft feels cool again. Microsoft products touch almost every area of technology, and everything they do is starting to work together."

Another Microsoft intern, who is not named in the article, feels that Microsoft is a much better company to work for than Google or Facebook, saying that their ideas are "creepy" in terms of their reliance on advertising for their revenues. The unnamed intern states, "What kind of business model is that, shoving ads in peoples' faces?"

Even though both Google and Facebook are aggressive in trying to snag the best interns for their companies, Connie Chan, associate director of Stanford Computer Forum, says that Microsoft is " ... still one of the companies that are doing really well on campus. Whenever Microsoft comes on campus they always have a large crowd interested in what they are doing."

Source: Reuters

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Microsoft is cool "again"? LMAO

They were never cool. Of course, they've always *wanted* to be. But they never understood what it actually takes to cultivate that sort of image.

Deliciously_Random said,
Microsoft is cool "again"? LMAO

They were never cool. Of course, they've always *wanted* to be. But they never understood what it actually takes to cultivate that sort of image.

So tell me, what is cool? Having white earbuds wherever you go is cool? Pulling out my shiny i Product and really saying what I can afford, yet not really saying it? Saying the term, google it!?

Deliciously_Random said,
Microsoft is cool "again"? LMAO

They were never cool. Of course, they've always *wanted* to be. But they never understood what it actually takes to cultivate that sort of image.

Where have you been for the last 20 years, under rock or you weren't born yet?? If MS was a musician they would have been the best selling artist of all time. Apart for some albums that didn't do too good (Bob, Vista), you can't deny that they were the artist you bought every album they released. Otherwise, why have they dominated the OS market the way they have!

PoohGQ said,

Where have you been for the last 20 years, under rock or you weren't born yet?? If MS was a musician they would have been the best selling artist of all time. Apart for some albums that didn't do too good (Bob, Vista), you can't deny that they were the artist you bought every album they released.


Good sales != good artist. (e.g.: Bieber,...)

PoohGQ said,

Otherwise, why have they dominated the OS market the way they have!

'cause there hasn't been a real competition in the desktop OS market for almost 2 decades now...

MFH said,

Good sales != good artist. (e.g.: Bieber,...)


'cause there hasn't been a real competition in the desktop OS market for almost 2 decades now...


if it isn't Microsoft, then who is?

Mystiia said,
I'd find any startup to be 'cooler' than Microsoft.

Well yo go on and intern for them then.

They will pay you **** and you will be fired along with everyone else when the money dries up.

But you will totally show those punk bitches at Microsoft that they cant have you!

Ozood said,

Well yo go on and intern for them then.

They will pay you **** and you will be fired along with everyone else when the money dries up.

But you will totally show those punk bitches at Microsoft that they cant have you!

Yeah totally, all startups fail.

And why did you take my comment so personally?

Chill out, stop defending a company, they don't need your help.

Mystiia said,

Yeah totally, all startups fail.

It's a reasonable concern - 25% of small businesses do not survive their first year of operation, and over 70% go out of business over the course of their first ten years.

I'm just wondering when did Microsoft ever become "cool again"? were they ever "cool" before? or is being a law-breaking and dishonest company who tries to force their vision on the general public the new definition of "cool"?
I don't hate Microsoft, I love windows 7, but facts are facts.

ccoltmanm said,
Guys it is for summer, 3 months at best. Still, my part time summer gig is paying 960$ a month.

Yeah, I think it's only two months.

Wow. That's equivalent a $72,000 salary. That's excellent for an intern, but I wonder what their level of education is. That may be someone with a PhD.

pickypg said,
Wow. That's equivalent a $72,000 salary. That's excellent for an intern, but I wonder what their level of education is. That may be someone with a PhD.

No, I don't think so. I'm pretty sure that's basically someone with around 1-3 years of college, although likely only hiring those with 3-4 years. Basically juniors and seniors, but younger if you're smart enough

Coupled with what Ol' Billy said ("I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because he will find an easy way to do it")... mother of dog...

That is very nice salary for an intern. No wonder it's 'cool' again.

If it was me, I'd probably choose MS as well just because of the development tools.

Memnochxx said,
For an intern? That's a nice salary for a college graduate with (a few) years of experience.

Indeed, it's way more than I make full-time.

i11usive said,
US$6k a month? WTF?!

yeah, and most companies pay interns NOTHING! They feel interns should pay them to work there and their work is payment for "learning" on the job.... which is BS...

i11usive said,
US$6k a month? WTF?!
Seems about right, many top companies pay interns just a little below what they would get paid as full time employees. I got roughly a little over that amount when I interned as a software engineer at my company, and a 20% boost once i got hired full time.

neufuse said,

yeah, and most companies pay interns NOTHING! They feel interns should pay them to work there and their work is payment for "learning" on the job.... which is BS...

Not engineering/software developer interns.