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How A Microsoft Internship During My Master's Landed Me A Job In Insurtech

During his triple degree master's program, Leonardo Deschaseaux landed a Microsoft internship. From that, he found a top tech job at Zelros, an artificial intelligence insurtech firm


Fri Jan 24 2020


When he graduated his bachelor’s in finance, Leonardo Deschaseaux never dreamed he’d land a Microsoft internship. It felt like one of those impossible tech jobs, Leonardo remembers, somewhere only for the best of the best. 

But during the European Triple Degree Master’s in Management program at emlyon Business School in France, Leonardo found his way into the marketing department at the world’s largest company. He’s now working as an alliance manager at Zelros, an artificial intelligence insurance technology company. 

For those aspiring for a career in tech, it’s an admirable career leap. Here’s how he pulled it off. 

Looking for an international experience

Half Spanish, half French, Leonardo always had a desire to explore and understand new cultures. He was lucky to spend a year studying in the US during his bachelor’s, and when it came to his master’s in management it was important for him to continue this international experience. 

emlyon stood out to him for two reasons. Firstly, he had the sense that it was an international institution, that would give him a diverse, global perspective. 

“It’s not a French school filled with just French students,” he remarks.

But even more than that, Leonardo was drawn towards the European Triple Degree Master's in Management program. Across the two year program, students study at emlyon in France, at Lancaster University in the UK, and at Ludwig-Maximillians University (LMU) in Germany. 

“You’re getting different perspectives, from different professors, from the three different universities. We could explore a lot more than if we had just one set of professors from one university,” Leonardo remembers. 

At each institution, he discovered a different way of learning, as well as a brand new, internationally diverse class cohort. The effect this had on his personal skills, he remembers, was significant. From class group work, to interacting with students from around the world, he learned a great deal about how to manage and work with people. 

“You learn a lot from everyone, the others get to learn from you, and you make some great connections and experiences,” Leonardo remembers. 

How he landed a Microsoft internship

When he started his master’s, Leonardo was very much at the beginning of his career. His work experience was limited, and he was fresh off his bachelor’s degree. 

While the academic aspect was important, he also craved work experience that was going to enhance his understanding of how business works and boost his profile. He had a rigorous introduction to the fundamentals of business during his time at emlyon, including courses in operations management and organizational behaviour. But it was the six month internship during his master’s that really prepared for the world of work.  

Leonardo was increasingly drawn towards a tech career, and a chance to intern at Microsoft seemed like the perfect step into the industry. Despite his fears about how difficult it would be to land an internship there, Leonardo was accepted to work in their marketing partnerships department for the Azure Cloud service. Here, he helped partners strategize their own business solutions using the Azure technology, as well working on sales strategies for new partners. 

He notes that Microsoft aren’t just looking for the highest candidates from leading business schools; in fact, it’s quite simple what they’re looking for. 

“They’re much more focused on the person—you have to show that you’re willing to work, to do something great, to be motivated, and to have the social skills for that environment,” Leonardo notes. 

From Microsoft to insurtech

Leonardo actually first interacted with his current employer, Zelros, during his Microsoft internship. Zelros was a partner company, and since they were based in France, he had close interactions with them. 

Zelros provides insurance solutions for customers using artificial intelligence technology. Leonardo is working at a cutting edge area of insurtech (insurance technology) that requires a strong understanding of the tech landscape, something he wouldn’t have got without his master’s and his internship. 

From AI and machine learning, to blockchain—which Leonardo wrote his dissertation on—courses at emlyon gave him a good understanding of digitalization, and how it is changing the way business is done. There’s no doubt whether he’d be in his current role without this foundational knowledge. 

His two main pieces of advice to anyone else embarking on the master’s?

“Work as hard as possible, but make the most of your experience.”  

Student Reviews

emlyon business school




On Campus

Intense courses, helpful professors

I am an international student in my 3rd year and I love going to this school and do not regret chosing it for my BBA. The classes are helpful, professors are always there to help as well and we have a very understanding administration.




On Campus

Leadership in an amazing city

I decided to do my exchange in Emlyon because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, and I found a space with very capable People.. participatory, empathetic and full of leadership. I will never forget Lyon, apart from giving me an unforgettable experience, he gave me great friends




On Campus

A lot of opportunities professionally and socially. A unique program in France.

You can choose your courses and do your internship, exchange whenever you want. It's flexible and adapted to the needs of each student. A great program and a great city! Professionally, it opens a lot of doors for you to find internships or jobs in France or abroad thanks to the network and career events.




MSc in Digital Marketing

Combining both worlds into one, this course gave me all the on-demand technical skills in data science while maintaining a business-oriented approach. Thanks to the strong academic profile of this university I was able to secure an internship and full-time job at Amazon.




Top Business School fostering innovative entrepreneurs

EMLyon is one of the best business schools. The campuses, associations and courses offered provide the students with the best options to build the future they have chosen. The various opportunities to study and work abroad also offer a deeper understanding of the world, not only economy-wise but social, which helps the student become as well a better individual and not only a pre-formated business school student.




Emlyon campus in Paris

It has a great international community and you have access to many international tools, courses and professors. I had many networking events and workshops for students. Campus and some details of the program could have been improved or need to be bigger in order to have a better student life.




On Campus


Overall good content and good activities. Lack of administration but still ok. Good flexibility and liberty offered to the students. Finally, the amount of internship is also a good way to improve qualifications.




Good Reputation and International Business School

The course was not well adapted but it was up to the mark. The professors are very well experienced and their experience comes in handy while working on assignments. The facilities on the campus are top class. Truly professional. I really like spending time in the learning hub and using all the available resources. Lyon is an amazing city. You will never get bored.