Education and Training

Internships

The Chicago Quantum Exchange partners with companies, national laboratories, and others to provide opportunities for CQE students and trainees, including internships and collaborative research opportunities, that expose them to a broad array of experiences in industrial, academic, and government facilities.

CQE member or partner institutions can add or update the internships listed below by submitting information here

CQE trainees can let the CQE know which internships they have applied to here.

Cody Associates 

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate students 

Organization Website: https://www.anl.gov

Deadline: January 15, 2022 

Description: Interns will develop and implement algorithms for use on near-term quantum computing devices. 

How to apply: Click here to apply 

 

Givens Associates 

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate students 

Deadline: January 15, 2022 

Description: Interns will develop algorithms for solving real-world problems across quantum information sciences. 

How to apply: Click here to apply 

Level: Graduate student, Postdocs

Organization Website: https://www.appliedmaterials.com

Deadline: Rolling

Description: Quantum Computing and Materials Technology Intern - The intern will be responsible for kicking off our technology exploration in the Quantum Computing and Si photonics domains, looking for specific segments and High-Value Problems to target, making predictions about the market. The internship should result in an actionable plan for the CTO team to Go-to-Market.

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How to apply: For application instructions, please contact Leslie Du at leslie_du@amat.com.

Level: Graduate students, Postdocs 

Organization Website: https://www.boeing.com

Description: The selected candidate will work with one of DC&N's quantum research teams to design prototype systems for use in non-laboratory environments. Specific tasks will include design (system trade studies, component selection, detailed electrical, optical, or mechanical design using EDA/CAD/multiphysics tools), modeling (thermal, electrical, mechanical or multiphysics model development and validation, control software modeling and coding), assembly (component assembly and integration), test (component acceptance testing, specialty environmental testing), and analysis of data developed or acquired in other tasks. Specific assignments will take into account the candidate's background to best match their skills to an available program.  

How to apply: Click here to apply 

Level: Primarily graduate, though undergraduate welcome

Organization Website: https://quantum.hrl.com/

Deadline: Rolling

Description:
HRL’s internship program is designed to provide students with valuable hands-on technical experience working alongside some of the world’s leading experts in the fields of quantum devices, advanced packaging, high speed electronics, scaled nanotechnologies, and more. Internships are paid, highly technical assignments with year-round availability. Temporary housing and travel/relocation benefits will be provided.

HRL Laboratories, LLC is a research and development laboratory that specializes in advancing ultra-high-performance circuitry, robust computing and communications, automated data extraction, innovative architected materials, and quantum information technology. Experienced undergraduate and graduate students interested in all areas of quantum information technology are encouraged to apply for an internship at the scenic Malibu laboratory location which originated world-changing inventions such as the self-aligned gate MOSFET (SAGFET) and the laser. Projects include developing and operating tools to simulate device physics and quantum state evolution, designing software to operate and analyze semiconducting quantum devices, conducting cryogenic measurements of silicon spin qubit devices, working with a team of scientists to build a cutting-edge cryogenic test laboratory, and developing and performing free-space, fiber, and chip-scale quantum optics experiments.

How to Apply:
CQE students should apply through the HRL Laboratories portal.

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate

Organization link: https://research.ibm.com/blog/2023-quantum-internships

Deadline: Rolling

Description: IBM is currently hiring 2023 summer interns with title: Quantum Software Developer Summer Intern, Quantum Hardware Developer Summer Intern, Quantum Research Scientist Summer Intern, Qiskit Community Advocate Intern, IBM Quantum Education Intern, and IBM Quantum Research Tokyo Student Intern at all levels. 

How to apply: 

IBM Quantum Research Tokyo Student Intern (Undergraduate or Graduate)

Qiskit Community Advocate Intern 2023 (Undergraduate or Graduate)

Level: Any

Organization Website: https://www.linkedin.com/company/icosa-computing/

Deadline: Rolling

Description: Icosa Computing is looking for Technical Interns. Qualified candidates will have:

  •  3+ years of education in computer science (or related field)
  • Experience in completing collaborative coding projects
  • Knowledfe of optimization problems
  • Bonus: knowledge of quantum mechanics / thermodynamics, interest in quantum computing
  • Super bonus: experience with quantum annealers

How to apply: Send a resume and cover letter to Mert Esencan at mert@icosacomputing.com.

Level: Graduate

Organization Website: http://www.jpmorganchase.com

Deadline: For the 2023 Research Technologies Associate Program in London, the deadline is November 27, 2022. For the 2023 Research Technologies Associate Program in New York, NY, the deadline is December 11, 2022.

Description: As a Quantum Computing Summer Associate, you'll collaborate on research projects relating to quantum computing algorithms and applications, specifically for Optimization, AI, Cryptography and Finance, with an aim to develop novel research solutions to problems faced by internal teams. You will work with other researchers to document your findings in scientific papers and contribute to JPMC’s IP by pursuing necessary protections of generated IP. We are seeking colleagues with excellent analytical, quantitative and problem solving skills and demonstrated research ability. We value strong communication skills and the ability to present findings to a non-technical audience. Successful candidates will be enrolled in a master’s or Ph.D. degree program in computer science, math, engineering, sciences or other quantitative fields, have experience with Quantum Computing algorithms and applications, have excellent knowledge of Python programming, and have working knowledge of common research evaluation frameworks and techniques. No prior experience with financial markets required.

How to apply: Click here to learn more and apply

Level: Undergraduate

Organization Website: Open Quantum Initiative (OQI) Undergraduate Fellowship | Chicago Quantum Exchange

Deadline: The deadline for the 2023 will be February 5, 2023. 

Description: The Open Quantum Initiative (OQI) is a group of researchers, educators, and leaders among the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) that champions the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in quantum science. Through this fellowship, students will expand their understanding of Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE), connect with leaders in academia and industry, and increase their awareness of quantum career opportunities. 

Students participating in this program will spend the summer working in person with research groups on challenging, meaningful QISE projects. During the program, participants will complete a research project within a quantum information science and engineering group, as well as meet regularly with their graduate student or postdoc mentor to ensure their research is on track. Participants will present their work during a program culmination attended by the CQE community. 

Interested students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited Educational Institution located in the United States, have completed their freshman year by June 2023, and be majoring or intending to major in physics, chemistry, mathematics, electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, quantum science, philosophy, or a QISE related major. The OQI awards fellowships to a diverse set of students that fit the mission of the OQI. Recently graduated seniors (graduation date before June 2023) are not eligible for the program.

How to apply: Applications for the 2023 Cohort will open on November 1, 2022 at 10:00 am CT. 

Quantum Computing Intern

Level: PhD candidates

Organization website: https://www.quantinuum.com

Deadline: Rolling

Description: In this role, you will apply previous experience in research to help develop quantum computers using trapped ions as qubits. You will be working in a research environment to characterize and improve system performance. Furthermore, you will work in one or more of the following areas: quantum information, qubits, atomic physics, spectroscopy, optics, vacuum systems, electronics, cryogenics, lasers, or laboratory work.

How to apply: Click here to apply for the Quantum Computing Internship

Location: Broomfield, Colorado

 

Optics Engineering Intern

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate

Deadline: Rolling

Description: In this role, you will build and test laser Beam Delivery and Imaging optics for current and next generation Quantum Computer; develop design using Zemax Optical Design Software for imaging systems; perform performance analysis and comparison of different approaches/designs with respect to key figures of merit; and collaborate with the larger Opto-Mechanical team and provide creative solutions.

How to apply: Click here to apply for the Optics Engineering Internship

Location: Broomfield, Colorado

 

Trapped-Ion Quantum Computing Intern

Level: PhD candidates

Deadline: Rolling

Description: In this role, you will apply previous experience in experimental laboratory research to design, develop, verify, and deploy quantum computers using trapped ions as qubits; work alongside teams of scientists and engineers to bring new concepts to life and will be responsible for working in a research lab environment to collect data on system performance and characterizing device characteristics; and work in experimental work in one or more of the following areas: trapped ions, cold atoms, precision measurement, atomic physics, lasers.

How to apply: Click here to apply for the Trapped-Ion Quantum Computing Intern position

Location: Broomfield, CO

 

Numerical Physics Intern

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate

Deadline: Rolling

Description: In this role, you will work on refinement and refactoring of current numerical tools. You will also work with numerical physics leader to define and execute key projects.

How to apply: Click here to apply for the Numerical Physics Internship

Location: Broomfield, CO

 

Software Engineering Intern

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate

Deadline: Rolling

Description: In this role, you will be an active member of a team that is building and enhancing a full-featured software stack for quantum computing from cloud access API’s to embedded real-time programming. You will work on areas like software architecture, design, and coding; Integration, test, and support of software; and software leads to define and execute core project.

How to apply: Click here to apply for the Software Engineering Internship

Location: Broomfield, CO

 

Electrical Engineering Intern

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate

Deadline: Rolling

Description: In this role, you will be integral in the design and test of the Quantinuum control system, which includes digital, analog, and RF components. You will collaborate with the Quantinuum engineering team to create solutions and systems that meet the evolving needs of our customers. And you will participate in all phases of product development and will be part of a group of hardworking engineers whose expertise ensures the success of the Quantinuum System Model H1 Quantum Computer

How to apply: Click here to apply for the Electrical Engineering Internship

Location: Broomfield, CO

 

Atomic Physics R&D Intern

Level: PhD candidates

Deadline: Rolling

Description: In this role, you will apply previous experience to design, develop, verify, and/or deploy quantum computers using trapped ions as qubits. You will work alongside teams of scientists and engineers to develop new system and sub-system functionality for our quantum computers.

How to apply: Click here to apply for the Atomic Physics PhD R&D Internship

Location: Golden Valley, MN

Level: Undergraduate, graduate

Organization Website: https://quantumconsortium.org/quantum-jobs/#internships

Deadline: Rolling

Description: The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) connects students interested in QIS internships and full-time positions to opportunities with QED-C members. Available to undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs.

Level: Undergraduate, graduate

Organization Website: https://www.quantum-machines.co/

Deadline: Rolling

Description: Quantum Machines is a global leader in control systems for quantum computing. Our Quantum Orchestration platform powers quantum breakthroughs and accelerates the path towards the new age of quantum computing. QM has a team of quantum physicists, software and systems engineers, and chip designers, all passionate about advancing the world of quantum computing further than it has ever gone before. 

The Quantum Machines internship program is an exciting opportunity to gain real-world quantum computation experience, working alongside experienced quantum researchers on a breakthrough technological platform that is becoming the new standard for controlling quantum systems. 

Interns will become a part of the QM team and work in a high-paced startup environment, building tools to enable some of the most advanced quantum applications in existence or those targeting next-generation systems, and developing their quantum control capabilities, which will be highly applicable in their future research. QM is seeking undergraduate or graduate students with completed coursework on the basics of quantum mechanics, a familiarity with quantum information science, and solid programming experience in Matlab/Python or similar, emphasizing data analysis and experimental control. Experience with quantum lab experiments and machine learning techniques are a plus.

How to apply: Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to hr@quantum-machines.co.

Level: Undergraduate, graduate

Organization Website: www.quantumopus.com   

Deadline: Rolling

Description: The company, located in Novi, Michigan, develops novel products and services that enable researchers to make single-photon measurements with unmatched sensitivity, speed, and precision. It’s Opus One™ multi-channel near-infrared photon detector system operates with greater than 80 percent detection efficiency.

Interns are desired to improve the company’s low-loss, high-speed photon detectors, superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors, and custom engineering solutions for nanowire response, mid-infrared photon counting, custom cryogenic systems, and integration with waveguides and photonic chips, which will enable next-generation experiments in quantum optics, optical quantum computation, single-photon communication, low-flux biophotonics, and remote sensing.

How to apply: Send a resume and cover letter to info@quantumopus.com, explaining why they are interested in working with Quantum Opus, their areas of interest, and their unique expertise.

Software & Firmware Engineer Interns

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate students 

Organization Website: https://qubitekk.com/

Deadline: Rolling

Description: The Qubitekk team is looking for software engineering students and firmware engineering students to assist with developing Qubitekk's commercial quantum products. The software engineering position involves working closely with Qubitekk's electrical engineers, firmware engineers, and physicists to build customer graphical user interfaces and production-related software. The firmware engineering position involves working closely with Qubitekk's electrical engineers and PCB designers to ensure proper product functionality and quality conformity.

How to apply: Send a resume to Scott Packard at spackard@qubitekk.com to be considered.

 

Optical Engineer Interns

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate students 

Deadline: Rolling

Description: This position involves working closely with Qubitekk's physicists and engineers, providing optics expertise to support ongoing research and development efforts.

How to apply: Send a resume to Scott Packard at spackard@qubitekk.com to be considered.

 

Electrical Engineer Interns

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate students 

Deadline: Rolling

Description: This position involves working closely with Qubitekk's mechanical and optical engineers and PCB designers to ensure proper product functionality and quality conformity.

How to apply: Send a resume to Scott Packard at spackard@qubitekk.com to be considered.

Level: Graduate

Organization Website: https://www.zhinst.com/americas/en

Deadline: Rolling

Description: Zurich Instruments is a technology leader in advanced test and measurement instruments based on dynamic signal processing. Zurich Instruments will be offering two internship opportunities exclusively for CQE students.  

Zurich Instruments is accepting Quantum Software Development Intern applications to support projects as they build and bring to the market the Quantum Computing Control System (QCCS). Internships are 3-6 month engagements, which will include time in Cambridge, MA or virtually and in Zurich, Switzerland (COVID-travel permitting). Interns will have physics or electrical engineering backgrounds and be enrolled in a PhD program. Requirements include practical lab experience with qubits, Python programming, and knowledge of quantum stack hardware and software layers. Responsibilities will include: Creation and documentation of measurement scripts using the QCCS; Develop and improve user experience of QCoDeS and Labber interfaces for the Zurich Instruments Quantum System Controller; support system level performance optimization; Involvement in reviewing and testing for various applications and use cases; and Deliver software documentation.  

How to apply: Due to limited openings these positions will be offered only to CQE students at this time. Interested CQE students should send a resume and motivation letter to Vikrant Mahajan at vikrant.mahajan@zhinst.com.