Water adsorption in porous low-k dielectrics has become a significant challenge for both back-end-of-line integration and reliability. A simple method is proposed here to achieve in situ observation of water structure and water-induced structure changes at the poly(methyl silsesquioxane) (PMSQ) surface and the PMSQ/solid buried interface at the molecular level by combining sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopic and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic studies. First, in situ SFG investigations of water uptake were performed to provide direct evidence that water diffuses predominantly along the PMSQ/solid interface rather than through the bulk. Furthermore, SFG experiments were conducted at the PMSQ/water interface to simulate water behavior at the pore inner surfaces for porous low-k materials. Water molecules were found to form strong hydrogen bonds at the PMSQ surface, while weak hydrogen bonding was observed in the bulk. However, both strongly and weakly hydrogen bonded water components were detected at the PMSQ/SiO2 buried interface. This suggests that the water structures at PMSQ/solid buried interfaces are also affected by the nature of solid substrate. Moreover, the orientation of the Si-CH3 groups at the buried interface was permanently changed by water adsorption, which might due to low flexibility of Si-CH3 groups at the buried interface. In brief, this study provides direct evidence that water molecules tend to strongly bond (chemisorbed) with low-k dielectric at pore inner surfaces and at the low-k/solid interface of porous low-k dielectrics. Therefore, water components at the surfaces, rather than the bulk, are likely more responsible for chemisorbed water related degradation of the interconnection layer. Although the method developed here was based on a model system study, we believe it should be applicable to a wide variety of low-k materials.