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Microsoft New England Research

and Development Center (NERD)
1 Memorial Drive  Cambridge, MA
STEM Contact: Alfred Thompson
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Business Description

The Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (NERD) is a key component of Microsoft's long-term strategy to build a world-class center for research and innovation in Cambridge.  NERD collaborates closely local universities as well as biotech and healthcare companies around IT and software development. 

STEM Partnership Summary

Microsoft New England Research and Design Center (NERD) offers outreach and services to promote IT and software engineering. Although many of their programs are specifically designed for the Cambridge community, there are some opportunities open to the greater Boston region.

Internships: NERD offers summer internships to high school students in a wide range of software engineering and IT areas. Internship applicants must to be familiar with Microsoft software, and be in either 11th or 12th grade. 

Resources: NERD has a number of software products (offered at no cost to students) as well as information on exploring IT careers and opportunities. KUDO Game Lab, which is free to download, is a tool that gives kids an opportunity to create computer games. NERD also supports events for students throughout the year, and provides resources for curriculum design and grants, as well as employee volunteer hours.

Types of Educational Outreach Opportunities

Guest Speakers
Representatives for Career Fairs
Space for Educator Meetings/Student Workshops
Student Workshops
Advisory Board Representatives
Supplies or Equipment Donations
Web Resources: software downloads for students

Target Population

Grades K-12

Academic Subjects Related to Activities

Communication (reading, writing, speaking)
Software Engineering












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