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.

If you are interested in becoming a partner of the Chicago Quantum Exchange and providing opportunities to CQE trainees, please contact quantum@uchicago.edu.

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.

Level: Graduate

Organization Website: https://www.appliedmaterials.com/company/careers/university

Deadline: Rolling

Description:
Applied Materials, Inc., a corporate partner of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, offers Quantum Computing and Materials Technology Interns for the summer and academic months. Applied Materials, Inc., is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Applied’s expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale can help enable technology advancements across a broad range of applications.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should apply here or contact Nir_Yahav at amat dot com.

Level: Undergraduate, graduate

Timeline: Check in Fall 2021 for Summer 2022 application

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

Description:
Annually, Argonne National Laboratory seeks undergraduate and graduate summer students to work on research in the field of quantum information science. We have openings in a large variety of projects related to development of novel quantum algorithms, new error correction and mitigation techniques, quantum simulators to model quantum devices, highly parallelized quantum simulators, and quantum compilers, to name a few. Students only from US accredited universities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:
Students interested in an internship at Argonne National Laboratory are encouraged to send an email with a cover letter and resume/CV to  quantum@uchicago.edu.

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 interested are encouraged to send an email to quantum@uchicago.edu after applying through the HRL Laboratories portal for CQE members to facilitate their application.

Level: Undergraduate, graduate

Organization Website: https://www.ibm.com/quantum-computing/internship/

Deadline: Rolling

Description:
IBM Quantum is an industry first initiative to build universal quantum computers for business, engineering and science. This effort includes advancing the entire quantum computing technology stack and exploring applications to make quantum broadly usable and accessible. With a worldwide network of Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, researchers, educators, and enthusiasts, we are committed to driving innovation for our clients in the IBM Q Network and the Qiskit Community. 

IBM Quantum interns will be part of a team whose mission is to prototype, test and release new technologies for the world to use. As an IBM Quantum Research Intern, you will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary, global team of developers, designers, researchers, and engineers to bring new features to life. 

How to Apply:
https://www.ibm.com/quantum-computing/internship/

Students at CQE institutions who are interested in an IBM internship should send an email to  quantum@uchicago.edu  after and CQE members will help facilitate their application. 

Level: Graduate

Organization Website: https://careers.jpmorgan.com/in/en/students/programs/quantum-computing-summer-associate-program

Deadline: December 6, 2020

Description:
JPMorgan Chase accepts applications for Quantum Computing Summer Associates. JPMorgan Chase’s research technology strategy and direction is oriented through investigation and research of emerging technologies, such as Quantum Computing, Human Machine Interfaces, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Computer Vision and IoT. As a Summer Associate, you will work closely with internal project teams, senior management, and external communities alike to advance these research focus areas in a way that is beneficial to the company’s technical teams. You will cultivate investigations into these areas, produce research solutions in collaboration with the internal project teams, and contribute to the firm’s intellectual property.

Applicants should be master’s or PhD students in math, physics, engineering, computer science or related fields, have experience with quantum computing algorithms and applications, excellent knowledge of Python, experience with AI and/or optimization, experience in scientific technical writing, as well as grant applications or research proposals, though no prior experience with financial markets required.

How to Apply:
Interested students can apply on the JPMorgan Chase portal. For questions, please reach out to qa.and.dsml.campus.recruiting@jpmorgan.com.

Level: Graduate, postdoc

Organization Website: https://p33chicago.com/

Deadline: Rolling

Description:
P33, a private sector led non-profit, drives leadership in the Illinois tech ecosystem to facilitate economic growth across technology areas, including quantum information science and technology. P33 invites graduate students and postdoctoral researchers of CQE member institutions with at least two (2) years of QIST research experience to apply to the P33 Quantum Council Fellowship. The Fellowship is a 12-month, paid, part-time opportunity for quantum researchers to engage with and shape the Illinois quantum ecosystem in partnership with the P33 Quantum Council, a small team of industry and entrepreneurial stakeholders designed to tactically build the regional quantum ecosystem. If you have further questions about this opportunity, please contact Cole Johnson at cole dot johnson at P33Chicago dot com.

Level: Graduate, Undergraduate

Organization Website: https://www.protiviti.com/US-en

Deadline: Rolling

Description: 
Protiviti is seeking candidates for Summer 2022 Technology Consulting - Emerging Technology Internships in Chicago. Interns collaborate with the Protiviti team to deliver client solutions for top global organizations.  With each project, interns will receive hands-on training and interact with leaders across Protiviti. 

The Emerging Technologies group covers a wide range of work, including Quantum. Desired technical skills include basic experience with Business Intelligence reporting tools, design and implementation of data models, and familiarity with database management systems; candidates should have an interest in developing quantum computing use cases and coding in quantum SDKs or popular cloud platforms (IBM, Microsoft Azure Quantum, Amazon Braket). 

How to apply: 
Apply via the Protiviti portal

Level: Undergraduate, graduate

Organization Website: https://quantumconsortium.org/

Deadline: Rolling

Description:
The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) has a program to help connect QED-C industry and academic members with students interested in QIS internships and full-time positions. If you are a student (graduate or undergraduate) or post-doc with knowledge or skills and an interest in a quantum-related internship or full-time job, please submit the Student Info Form (password: Students@QED-C). The information will be shared with all QED-C members.

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. 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.

Level: Undergraduate, graduate

Organization Website: https://www.rigetti.com/careers

Deadline: Rolling

Description:
Rigetti Computing is seeking an undergraduate or master’s student interested in the development of cloud-deployed quantum computers. The intern will be embedded into a core technical teams: Hardware, Software, or Quantum Engineering. In collaboration with technical staff, the intern will complete a project in one of the following areas: microwave engineering, cryogenic systems, nanofabrication, superconductivity, machine learning, quantum error correction, quantum optics, quantum and classical processor architectures, digital and analog signal processing, and quantum operating system software development.

How to Apply:
Apply here

Level: Graduate

Organization Website: https://www.super.tech/

Deadline: Rolling

Description:
Super. tech is a quantum software startup spun out of research from UChicago and incubated through Argonne National Laboratory’s Chain Reaction Innovations program. We’re hiring intern and full-time quantum software engineers with experience in frameworks such as Qiskit, Cirq, or Q#. The ideal candidate is pursuing graduate studies in either computer science or physics, and has broader experience in both fields. Interested candidates should email their resume and background to pranav@super.tech

Level: Undergraduate, graduate

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

Deadline: Rolling

Description:
Verizon is a leading provider of technology, communications, information and entertainment products, transforming the way we connect across the globe. This 10-week Emerging Technology Internship Program, which is part of the Verizon Campus Program, will provide a chance to learn from the best minds in the industry, take part in meaningful work and real-life projects within the Global Technology Solutions Organization, and grow professionally and personally throughout the program.  

Interested students must be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s program in Computer Science, Computer Information Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Systems, Electrical Engineering, Data Science, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, or related major and authorized to work in the US.  Demonstrated strong analytical skills, communication, leadership, and presentation skills, familiarity with statistical analysis and machine learning, experience with JavaScript, Java, Python, C, C++, Node, Jupyter Notebooks, Basic Linux, Ubuntu Server, Android Development, iOS Development, Discrete Optimization Quantum Circuit Development would be considered especially favorably. Further details and application portal can be found here.

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.  

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 Maja Lang (maja dot lang at zhinst dot com).