07 Sep 2021
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IBM Quantum internship applications for summer 2022 are still open

While those who applied by October 18 have the best chance, applications are still being considered.

2021 IBM Quantum summer interns.

While those who applied by October 18 have the best chance, applications are still being considered.

As summer 2021 comes to a close, we want to reflect on the work of IBM Quantum interns this year and begin planning for summer 2022 internships. We have high expectations for what interns will accomplish during their time here with IBM Quantum, and we are always impressed with their work and their impact.

IBM Quantum interns make meaningful contributions to our roadmap for scaling quantum technology and our roadmap for building an open quantum software ecosystem.

So, whether you are a developer, an engineer, or a researcher, we have opportunities for you to come build the future of quantum with us. Our full-stack approach delivers the best of IBM’s quantum computing systems together with the most-complete suite of quantum software tools and cloud services; while the community of users we support is the most active quantum computing community in the world.

2022 is shaping up to be the biggest and best year ever for the IBM Quantum internship program.

We are looking forward to hosting well over 100 interns working on a wide range of topics. Software developers will write code for our suite of quantum software tools and cloud services. Engineers will advance the development of quantum computing systems. Quantum information researchers will advance the field of quantum computing research. Designers and product managers will make important contributions to the quantum technology stack. Community builders will support and grow the global Qiskit community.

Some of the many accomplishments by 2021 interns

  • Matthew Molinelli implemented reusable compilation infrastructure to link quantum gates and measurements with their underlying calibrations (microwave pulses), which will allow researchers to better use next-gen quantum real-time control hardware while also driving performance gains.
  • Taylor Patti defined her own research project, using her GPU programming skills to perform a large number of qubit simulations for a new variant of the VQE algorithm.
  • Meltem Tolunay worked on modeling the evolution of the spin dynamics of organic radical pair molecules in a magnetic field, using the noise profiles of quantum devices.
  • Aravind Nagulu studied analog, RF, and millimeter-wave circuit design, and investigated an architecture for a CMOS RF receiver that may help realize critical aspects of post-HEMT cryogenic readout chains for superconducting qubits.
  • Robert Davis helped the IBM Quantum team tell their story by writing blog posts and even writing presentations on behalf of IBM Quantum executives.

Our goal is to provide meaningful research and work opportunities to students while training the developers, engineers, and researchers who will lead the quantum workforce of tomorrow. One of the highlights of this past summer was the Qiskit Global Summer School 2021: Quantum Machine Learning. IBM Quantum interns participated in an early access preview of this two-week intensive summer school designed to empower the next generation of quantum developers, engineers, and researchers with the skills and know-how to explore quantum applications on their own.

We encourage prospective candidates to take a few steps to prepare for success as an IBM Quantum intern. Whether you are working as a developer, an engineer, or a researcher it is valuable to learn Qiskit, an open-source SDK for working with quantum computers at the level of pulses, circuits, and application modules.

Once familiar with Qiskit, consider making contributions to the Qiskit community and eventually applying to the Qiskit Advocate program. Then consider earning IBM Quantum Developer certification—and include any such relevant experience or credentials on your resume.

IBM Quantum internship roles available in the United States for summer 2022

Quantum & Qiskit Developer Summer Intern

As a software developer with IBM Quantum, your job will be to write code for the suite of quantum software tools and cloud services that are part of our full-stack approach to delivering IBM’s quantum computing systems to quantum application developers and research scientists.

Areas of software development include quantum machine learning, quantum biology and health informatics, quantum algorithms for chemistry, quantum simulations, quantum optimization, quantum software architecture, cloud microservices, and cloud APIs (among other areas).

Student software developers and software engineers interested in working with IBM Quantum can apply to one of:

Coming soon: Quantum & Qiskit developer intern roles to be available at some of our international research labs including Zurich, Tokyo, and Haifa.Quantum & Qiskit developer summer interns will work at either the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, NY, USA), a workplace in New York City, or IBM Research–Almaden (San Jose, CA, USA) for up to 12 weeks during the summer of 2022.

Quantum Engineer Summer Intern

As an engineer with IBM Quantum, your job will be to advance the development of quantum computing systems. Areas of engineering include hardware, firmware, superconducting qubits, cryoelectronic circuit design, quantum microwave engineering, and quantum FPGA engineering (among other areas).

Student engineers interested in working with IBM Quantum can apply to one of:

Quantum engineer summer interns will work at either the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, NY, USA) or one of the IBM Quantum labs in Rochester, MN, USA or Poughkeepsie, NY, USA for up to 12 weeks during the summer of 2022.

Quantum Research Summer Intern

As an experimentalist, theorist, or quantum information scientist with IBM Quantum, your job will be to advance the field of quantum computing research. Areas of research include superconducting qubits, quantum control, quantum error correction, quantum complexity theory, quantum algorithms, quantum machine learning, and quantum compilers and optimizers (among other areas).

Quantum research NOW OPEN: Undergraduate student researchers can also apply to the Quantum Undergraduate Research at IBM and Princeton (QURIP) program. QURIP interns will work at Princeton for six weeks followed by six weeks at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, NY, USA).summer interns will work at either the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, NY, USA) or IBM Research–Almaden (San Jose, CA, USA) for up to twelve weeks during the summer of 2022.

Other IBM Quantum Internships

We are also hiring for Designer, Product Manager, and Coming Soon: Watch this space for remote Qiskit Community Advocate intern openings around the world, including in the United States, Switzerland, Japan, South Africa, Germany, the United Kingdom, and India.Qiskit Community Advocate internships.

Designers interested in working with IBM Quantum can apply to one of:

Product Managers interested in working with IBM Quantum can apply to:

Tips on applying

Applicants should submit their resume to the appropriate job requisite listed above. Please do not send your resume through email or other channels unless specifically requested. And please do not send a cover letter or recommendation letters unless specifically requested.

International students are eligible to apply for most roles. If you have any questions about IBM Quantum internships not addressed here then please send an email to quantum@us.ibm.com and we will do our best to get back to you with a response.

We hope you will consider launching your career in the field of quantum computing here at IBM. We look forward to hearing from you!

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07 Sep 2021

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  1. Note 1Coming soon: Quantum & Qiskit developer intern roles to be available at some of our international research labs including Zurich, Tokyo, and Haifa. ↩︎
  2. Note 2NOW OPEN: Undergraduate student researchers can also apply to the Quantum Undergraduate Research at IBM and Princeton (QURIP) program. QURIP interns will work at Princeton for six weeks followed by six weeks at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, NY, USA). ↩︎
  3. Note 3Coming Soon: Watch this space for remote Qiskit Community Advocate intern openings around the world, including in the United States, Switzerland, Japan, South Africa, Germany, the United Kingdom, and India. ↩︎