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.

Level: Graduate students, Postdocs

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. Click here for more information.

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

Level: Undergraduate students

Deadline: The deadline has passed for the 2024 cohort. Applications for the 2025 cohort will open in the fall. 

Description: 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. Selected students will also receive a $6,000 stipend, housing for the summer, and travel to/from the program. Interested students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited Educational Institution located in the United States and have completed their freshman year by June 2025. The OQI awards fellowships to a diverse set of students that fit the mission of the OQI. Recently graduated seniors (graduation date before June 2025) are not eligible for the program.

How to apply: Applications for the 2025 cohort will open in the fall of 2024. 

Quantum Technology Intern

Level: Undergraduate students

Description:  Based in Southern California with locations in Malibu, Calabasas and Camarillo; HRL has been on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering research and advancing the state of the art. Under the supervision and guidance of a technical advisor, the quantum technology intern may support experimental benchwork, software development, analysis of experimental data or computational theory.

How to apply: Learn more

 

HRL Internship Program

Level: Primarily graduate students, though undergraduates welcome

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 students and graduate students 

Deadline: Rolling

Description: IBM is accepting applications for a variety of internships for international students interested in quantum information science and engineering. Job titles include a software developer in Japan, a FPGA designer in quantum computing in Denmark, and a firmware developer in quantum computing in Denmark. Find links for each international internship below. 

How to apply: Learn more about the Software Developer position in Japan

Technical Interns 

Level: Any 

Deadline: March 1, 2024

Description: Icosa Computing is looking for Technical Interns. Qualified candidates will have: 3+ years of education in computer science (or related field) and experience in completing collaborative coding projects. Exposure to full-stack engineering and cloud platforms such as AWS is highly suggested. Bonus: Exposure to finance, machine learning or quantum mechanics.

How to apply: Send a resume and cover letter to Mert Esencan at mert@icosacomputing.com with subject “2024 Icosa Technical Internship”

 

Business Interns 

Level: Any 

Deadline: March 1, 2024

Description: Icosa Computing is looking for Business Interns. Qualified candidates will have: 3+ years of education in any field, but exposure to technical fields is expected. Relevant experience includes project management, product management, startup growth, and B2B sales. Bonus: Exposure to finance or AI industries.

How to apply: Send a resume and cover letter to Mert Esencan at mert@icosacomputing.com with subject “2024 Icosa Business Internship”

Level: Graduate students 

Deadline: Rolling 

Description: Join as part of an Intel team as a Quantum Computing Graduate Intern exploring quantum computing hardware, specifically spin qubits in silicon. Intel is looking for either theorists focused on the modeling of quantum circuits / devices, or experimentalists focused on building and characterizing spin qubit devices or systems. The scope could include developing control software to automate the characterization, calibration, and control of quantum devices. 

How to apply: Learn more

Level: Graduate students

Deadline: Rolling 

Description: Microsoft is seeking a Research Intern in Quantum Information and Computation. Areas that might be considered for internship projects include; quantum algorithms, digital quantum simulation, fault-tolerant codes and their decoding algorithms, quantum circuit synthesis and optimization, quantum computational complexity, et cetera 

How to apply: Learn more

Level: Undergraduate students 

Deadline: February 22, 2024

Description: Our internship program will bring together undergraduate students with backgrounds in STEM, business, art, and communications who share an interest in quantum science. Each intern will spend time working in and learning about all aspects of a technology company. As a member of the internship cohort, you will also work collaboratively with each other on a project that will mirror the start-up experience.  

This program is designed to provide an immersive hands-on experience in the world of technology start-ups. You will gain experience in quantum technology and the role of collaboration in development. You will leave with an awareness of how a start-up company functions along with a broader understanding of potential career paths within quantum. Applications will open on January 15, 2024.   

How to apply: Learn more

Level: Undergraduates, Graduate students 

Deadline: Rolling

Description: Quantinuum is seeking a Manufacturing Process Engineering Intern for their Broomfield, CO location. This role will work between the scientists and engineers and support value stream mapping and process design creation for quantum computer hardware, as well as assisting in developing processes that supports bill-of-material creation, single source of truth, and change management for the quantum computer.

How to apply: Learn more

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate students

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.

How to apply: Find a list of internships on the QED-C internships board.

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate students

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 students

Deadline: Rolling

Description: The company, located in Plymouth, Michigan, develops novel products and services that enable researchers to make single-photon measurements with unmatched sensitivity, speed, and precision. Its Opus One™ multi-channel near-infrared photon detector system operates with greater than 90 percent detection efficiency, low jitter, low afterpulsing, and very high continuous count rates.

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: Interested candidate should 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: Graduate students

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.