President Uhuru Kenyatta when he showed up for the launch of the Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC) in March 2022. [Photo/ Microsoft ADC]
President Uhuru Kenyatta when he showed up for the launch of the Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC) in March 2022. [Photo/ Microsoft ADC]

Microsoft has announced software engineering internship opportunities for students in Kenya and Nigeria.

The software engineering interns will work with teammates to ‘solve problems and build innovative software solutions’. Teammates include university students drawn from across the world.

Working from home will represent up to 50% of the job. Basic qualifications expected of applicants include pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, computer science or related field.

They must have at least one additional quarter/semester of school remaining following the completion of the internship. Other basic qualifications include programming experience in an object-oriented language (C, C#, C++, Java, Python) and ability to demonstrate an understanding of computer science fundamentals, including data structures and algorithms.

The roles will begin in Summer 2023, around September in Kenya.

“Software engineers (SWEs) work with teammates to solve problems and build innovative software solutions. You are passionate about customers and product quality, and you provide technical guidance to Program Managers as they consider user needs and product requirements. You will also be expected to demonstrate an ability to learn and adopt relevant new technologies, tools, methods and processes to leverage in your solutions,” the firm noted.

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Explaining what the opportunity represents, Microsoft noted that the interns would get the chance to work on real-world projects. They noted that it could help them get closer to their goals.

“At Microsoft, Interns work on real-world projects in collaboration with teams across the world, while having fun along the way. You’ll be empowered to build community, explore your passions and achieve your goals. This is your chance to bring your solutions and ideas to life while working on cutting-edge technology,” the company noted on its website.

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Interested students can apply for the opportunity via the Microsoft careers portal. The company highlighted that it was an equal opportunity employer.

On compensation, it stated: “Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.”

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