Employment and Jobs

Upskilling in the News: Microsoft Takes Internships Online

April 6, 2020  • UpSkill America

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following news from one of our partners.

Photo of interns greeting each other virtually over computer

Photo credit: Microsoft

In response to the constraints imposed by COVID-19, Microsoft is beginning to take its upskilling efforts online. As one example, its 2020 class of interns will participate virtually in the internship program. Here’s a snippet from the announcement:

This year, more than 4,000 students had plans to join us — the largest and most diverse class in our history — taking on roles spanning all our functions. And while we’re incredibly disappointed that we won’t be with them on our campuses, we’re committed to creating a meaningful and fun virtual internship experience for each one of them, and remain eager to absorb their energy and learn from them as we always do. As we prepare to welcome our incoming interns, we’re working to set them up for a remote experience that will provide a rewarding professional development opportunity as well as meaningful connections… In short order, the program team will begin hosting remote events that focus on building connections, fostering learning, and empowering interns to achieve their goals and uncover their passions.

Even as the effects of COVID-19 ripple across the globe, we’re pleased to see Microsoft continue their efforts to advance the upskilling movement. We hope other businesses find innovative ways to promote upskilling during this difficult time. Click here to learn more.


Despite the constraints imposed by #COVID19, @Microsoft is continuing to advance the #upskilling movement. Its 2020 class of interns will participate virtually in its internship program.

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