Microsoft Expands its Parker Dewey Micro-Internship Program

    Investment in Micro-Internships is a testament to Microsoft’s commitment to human capital, diversity, and 21st century skills

    Based on Microsoft’s success with the Parker Dewey Micro-Internship program, the company announced that Microsoft will expand the program, which connects highly motivated college students and recent graduates with Microsoft projects via the Micro-Internship platform. Micro-Internships – or short-term, professional, paid roles – support Microsoft’s human capital efforts by complementing the company’s existing internship, recruiting, diversity, and new hire programs.

    “While my initial need was support on a specific assignment, I quickly realized that this was a great way to identify high-potential talent,” said Adam Hecktman, Microsoft’s Director of Technology and Civic Innovation for Chicago. “And given Microsoft’s focus on workforce development, we recognize the importance and value of looking beyond degree and GPA to find candidates with the right skills and ability to learn – this helps us do that.”

    Microsoft’s investment in the Micro-Internship program is a testament to the company’s commitment to diversity and recruiting top talent regardless of background or academic pedigree. Micro-Internships offer a pathway for students who don’t come from traditional schools and majors. They give companies and students an opportunity to mutually assess fit prior to committing to internships or full-time roles.

    “When Microsoft developed the 365 Freelance Toolkit, it wasn’t because we believed freelancing would replace jobs,” said Matt Mottola, Project Manager for Microsoft’s Future of Work and On-Demand Talent Platform. “As we’ve seen through our work with Parker Dewey, freelancing can create potential pools of talent for professional roles. These tools make it easier for busy professionals and college freelancers to collaborate and build relationships, potentially leading to hiring and retention outcomes.”

    “What’s great about this partnership is that it aligns to Microsoft’s recognition of the importance of 21st century skills,” said Parker Dewey CEO Jeffrey Moss. “College students working on Micro-Internships can demonstrate these capabilities, including core skills such as grit, communication, and problem solving honed in the college classroom.”

    The Parker Dewey Micro-Internship program can help Microsoft:

    1. Access broader talent pools by looking beyond its target schools, GPAs, and majors to recruit from a broader range of schools.
    2. Support diversity efforts by enabling access to an expanded pool of college students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds and programs.
    3. Increase awareness and conversion, allowing Microsoft to gain early access to college students and providing insights into career pathways for early career professionals.

    Learn how companies of all sizes are using Micro-Internships to build and complement traditional programs.