Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Microsoft, Cambridge, MA B2012

Term – B 2012

Project Opportunities – MQPs in CS

Housing – Shared student apartments

Director – Professor David Finkel

Preparation –1/6 unit PQP in A 2011

Application Deadline – November 3, 2011 (before 1:00 pm)




Microsoft is one of the dominant companies in the software industry.  The Microsoft projects will be conducted at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, Mass.  The NERD Center is located near Kendall Square.  Students will live in Boston / Cambridge in housing arranged by WPI.



The Microsoft Project Center will offer MQPs for Computer Science majors only. 


Students participating in the Microsoft Project Center will participate in a Preliminary Qualifying Project (PQP) during A-Term 2012.  During this PQP, the students will perform background research in the area of their project, learn about the company and the industry where they will be performing their project, and hold discussions with their Microsoft mentor about their project work.


The projects will be conducted during B-Term 2012 at the Microsoft NERD Center.  The students will work full-time at Microsoft for approximately eight weeks, from mid-October through mid-December.  They will work with a mentor from Microsoft and with a WPI faculty advisor.  The project work will include the completion of an MQP report and presentation on the project to Microsoft.  Admission to the Microsoft Project Center is based on judicial and academic standing and performance, essay response, evidence of maturity and independence, availability of projects in a specific area, qualifications relevant to the project offered, and results of an interview.




Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses


In calculating the extra expense to participate in an off-campus project experience compare this figure to expenses incurred while living on campus: groceries or meal plan, entertainment expenses, transportation, etc.

Travel to site

$   0

Local Transportation

$   120


$   700

Dining out (8 x term)

$   200

Weekend tourist activities & incidentals

$   200

Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses


Expenses included on your WPI bill


Housing and program expenses



Estimated Total expenses

$ 3,220

Tuition and on-campus housing not included.

All above costs are estimates and are subject to change.


Travel Dates:

Arrive at housing:               Sunday, October 14, 2012
First day of project work:  Monday, October 15, 2012
Last day of project work:   Friday, December 15, 2012
Depart housing:                  Saturday, December 15, 2012

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