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Microsoft-Cambridge Project Center
Cambridge, MA, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: B term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Budget Sheets: B term
Fact Sheet:
Program Term:
B Term
Project Opportunities:
David Finkel
Center Highlights:
Domestic, Urban
Shared apartments
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure
Program Eligibility:
Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation)
Major Eligibility:
Computer Science
Program Description:


Students at the Microsoft Project Center have the opportunity to work with one of the largest  companies in the software industry in one of the most progressive and engaging cities in the world. Students conduct their projects at the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center, a hub of activity and research that draws local high-tech talent from the greater Boston area.

The NERD Center is located near Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge offers easy access to the many highlights of Boston and also boasts several prestigious universities and cultural, historic, and artistic enterprises.

Students at the project center live on campus and commute to Boston with commuter rail passes provided by WPI.


***Only Computer Science majors eligible for Microsoft Project Center***

Students begin their project experience by conducting a Preliminary Qualifying Project (PQP) during A-Term. They perform background research in their project areas, learn about the industry, and hold discussions with Microsoft mentors.

Projects are conducted during B-Term, when students work full-time at the NERD Center or approximately eight weeks, from mid-October through mid-December. Each project team works with a mentor from Microsoft and a WPI faculty advisor. Project work concludes with an MQP report and a presentation to Microsoft. 

Projects Examples

  • Code churn dashboard - Designing and implementing a tool that allows users to easily identify which parts of a software project have high levels of code churn

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
B term 2015-2016 11/11/2014
01/30/2015 TBA TBA
B term 2016-2017 11/11/2015
02/02/2016 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.