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  • Locations: Cambridge, MA, United States;
  • Program Terms: B term
  • Restrictions: WPI applicants only
  • Estimated Expenses: B term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
B term 2017-2018 11/08/2016
02/02/2017 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Project Opportunities:
Active Since:
Mark Claypool
Center Highlights:
Domestic, Urban
Housing Type:
Self Catered Apartment
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
Visa Requirements:
Not Applicable
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 will be housed in Boston.  More information will be provided in the prep term.


***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

This program is currently not accepting applications.