t August 10, 2009 at 1:23 PM
Microsoft interns get perks, pay, play
In a year when Microsoft cut close to 5,000 jobs, the company continues to lavish money on its internship program, bringing about 1,000 college and graduate students from all over the country to the campus for the summer.
Seattle Times technology reporter
Opportunity to work on REAL PROJECTS at Microsoft
COMPETITIVE SALARY, estimated at $4,600 to $6,000 a month
PRIVATE PARTY at Pacific Science Center and screening of new "Harry Potter" movie
"INTERN DAY OF CARING," a day of volunteering
PUZZLE DAY, 8 hours of 1,000 Microsoft employees working on logic puzzles
MOUNT RAINIER HIKE
DINNER AT FARESTART
The same day Microsoft reported some of its worst financial results, a dozen buses left the Redmond campus. During rush hour, they headed toward Highway 520 as a phalanx of cops on motorcycles shut down the onramps ahead, clearing the path to the Pacific Science Center.
Microsoft had rented the museum for a private party and a screening of the new "Harry Potter" movie. After the screening, about 600 attendees received a free Xbox 360 video-game console.
The recipients of this VIP treatment? Microsoft's summer interns.
"You feel like royalty to be escorted by police," said Joriz De Guzman, a 19-year-old intern working toward his master's degree in business administration at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
In a year when Microsoft cut nearly 5,000 jobs, the company continues to lavish money on its internship program, bringing about 1,000 college and graduate students from across the country to the Redmond campus for the summer.
The goal, the company says, is to recruit future employees and to turn the interns into walking billboards for Microsoft back at school, chanting "Microsoft gave me an Xbox" or "I went to a barbecue at Bill Gates' house."
"We want to cultivate a pipeline of really, really strong employment candidates," said Kerry Olin, general manager for university recruiting.
"Objective No. 2 is to create the kind of experience and window into Microsoft that sends them back — whether they get offers or not — as people who can be advocates for Microsoft."
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