What’s Summer Academy?

A 7-week paid innovation academy for students interested in or currently pursuing degrees in the field of technology. As a participant, you will learn to use tools and programming languages to move through the product-life cycle. What’s the product life cycle? Don’t worry…we’ll teach you!

Get real world experience in app development, design a new product concept and gain hands-on training from senior staff in the Microsoft workspace. For more information, check out the FAQs below.

Bring a fresh approach to technology! The summer academy is held on the Microsoft Redmond campus from June 24 to August 9, 2019. Participants are provided with hardware/software and will receive a $5,600 stipend for their work.


Who can apply?

Current college freshman and sophomores who are:
  • Passionate about tech
  • Interested in a technical major
  • Described as a natural leader, creative problem solver, quick learner
    and/or technically savvy
  • Completed college level Intro to Computer Science (or equivalent) and Pre-Calculus (or equivalent) by start of program

We especially encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented in computer engineering (women, Native American/Alaskan Native, African-Americans, Latinx and Pacific Islanders) and non-traditional candidates (2-year college students, non-computer science majors, undecided majors, etc.)

Words can’t describe how blessed I am to have been part of New Technologists this summer… I have grown so much and have increased my passion for tech. I have had the opportunity to grow in my leadership and learn to make visions come to life. I am excited to see more students go through the same life changing experience. 🙂

Pacific Lutheran University, MSFT SWE Intern 2019

Words can not truly express the level of gratefulness and respect I have developed for the NT program, CyborgMobile, Microsoft, and every single member of the program. I was lucky enough to work alongside and learn from an amazing team of people, advisors and coaches. Thank you for inspiring me.

Fairleigh Dickinson University, MSFT Explore Intern 2019

I gained insight into the structure of a big tech company, with an experience I could never learn from class. The inspiration was so impactful that I decided to switch my undergrad major from Biomedical Engineering to Computer Engineering. I appreciate the tremendous effort from everyone’s contributions in NT… helping young people like me think big and strive for success.

Boston University, MSFT Explore Intern 2019

This summer was a dream come true… As the first in my family to pursue higher education and a career in tech, having this opportunity to be at a top tech company such as Microsoft has truly been a life-changing experience and I’m excited for what the future has in store for all of us.

University of California Berkeley

This past summer I was apart of the New Technologists program which taught me the technical and soft skills needed to succeed as a programmer in 2018. Man, I’ll just say that program changed my whole outlook on the tech world and I am super excited to be apart of it.

Washington State University, MSFT SWE Intern 2019

Build Your Passion for Tech!

Applications are now CLOSED.

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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to participate in this program?

  • No, but you must have both authorization to work in the U.S. and a social security number. All selected participants will be required to pass a background check.

Will I get paid for participating in Summer Academy?

  • Yes, you will receive a $5,600 stipend (minus taxes).

Is housing included?

  • No, each participant is responsible for their own housing during the program. Prior participants have found temporary housing through Airbnb and Craigslist. We can connect you with local colleges for dorm/apartment options.

What are the working hours?

  • This may vary week to week but anticipate being in the office by 9am and leaving between 5-6pm each day.

What benefits do participants receive?

  • Participants receive a free ORCA pass (access to public transportation), all the necessary equipment, training, free drinks and more.

Who is Cyborg Mobile?

  • Cyborg Mobile is a technology and management consultancy that partners with Microsoft to provide talent sourcing, resource management, career coaching and professional development throughout the program. To learn more about the company go to: cyborgmobile.com.

Have more questions?

  • Reach out to us via email.