IBM is committed to finding and nurturing the future researchers, engineers, and developers who will help advance the field of quantum computing. We are now accepting applications for undergraduate and graduate students to become IBM quantum computing interns in 2020, and join the journey from the fundamental science of quantum information to quantum computing research and development.
Quantum computing has evolved rapidly in the past few years. While we are still exploring the fundamental science of quantum information, we are also building working quantum computers and making quantum computing broadly usable and accessible. The IBM Q Experience offers quantum computers for the public to use for free via the cloud. Created by IBM Research, Qiskit is an open-source Python SDK for quantum information science. We have entered a phase of quantum computing where there are many reasonably defined parts of the hardware and software stack that need rigorous focus and investigation in order to come together. This is where IBM quantum computing interns can help.
Students from around the world with varying backgrounds and professional interests and curiosities are encouraged to apply for these unique paid internship experiences. The IBM quantum computing internship program connects students with each other, with university programs, with IBM Q Network firms, and with the quantum computing community. Possible experiences range from contributing to the open source Qiskit project, fundamental research into quantum computing, and helping people understand the relevance of quantum computing. Our interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experiences essential for future professional opportunities, as well as continued studies.
Being an IBM quantum computing intern has been an incredible experience. I have had the opportunity to travel across the globe and work on a broad range of projects that aligned with my interests, while collaborating with a talented, enthusiastic international team. Helping so many people begin their journey into quantum computing has been rewarding, whether it’s speaking directly to people or building demos to help explain the fundamental concepts of quantum computing.– Maddy Tod, 2019 IBM quantum computing intern
IBM quantum computing interns will have the opportunity to:
Work on meaningful problems in the field of quantum computing
Receive mentorship from IBM researchers and others
Collaborate with peers working in the field of quantum computing
Get access to state-of-the-art quantum processors and devices at IBM
Gain a broad experience in quantum research, from fundamental to applied
Learn how companies conduct quantum computing research
Get exposure to the wide range of research happening at IBM
Receive training on Qiskit and mentorship on contributing to open source
Top candidates will have experience in:
An undergraduate or graduate program related to quantum computing or other applicable area of study such as computer science, physics, math, or chemistry
Research, engineering, software development, design, community building, or other applicable area
Quantum computing fundamentals through formal education or self-directed learning
Extra credit for those who also have experience with:
Coursework or projects in quantum information, computation, or algorithms
Candidates currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs are encouraged to apply. Candidates will have an opportunity to discuss specific timing and academic calendars as part of the application process. Depending on the role, some travel may be involved to IBM Q Network and quantum computing community events such as Qiskit Camp. Housing or housing stipend, transportation, and some meals will be provided. IBM quantum computing interns will work at one of the following global IBM Research labs for up to 12 weeks during the summer of 2020 (June through August):
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, New York, USA)
IBM Research — Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland)
IBM Research — Almaden (San Jose, California, USA)
IBM Research — Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)
IBM Research — Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
IBM Research — Haifa (Haifa, Israel)
IBM quantum computing internship roles available include*:
Quantum Computing Researcher — Summer 2020: Areas of research could include superconducting qubits, quantum control, quantum error correction, quantum complexity theory, quantum algorithms, and quantum compilers and optimizers (among other areas). Graduate student researchers can apply for the Quantum Computing Researcher (Summer 2020 PhD) job posting. The IBM quantum computing internship program is not accepting undergraduate research interns outside of the Quantum Undergraduate Research at IBM and Princeton (QURIP) program (though we are accepting undergraduate developer interns).
Quantum Computing Engineer — Summer 2020: Areas of engineering could include superconducting qubits, quantum software architecture, quantum cryogenic engineering, quantum microwave engineering, and quantum FPGA engineering (among other areas). Graduate student engineers can apply for the Quantum Computing Engineer (Summer 2020 PhD) job posting. The IBM quantum computing internship program is not accepting undergraduate engineer interns outside of the Quantum Undergraduate Research at IBM and Princeton (QURIP) program (though we are accepting undergraduate developer interns).
Quantum Computing Developer — Summer 2020: This includes software developers and user experience designers. We are also recruiting quantum community builders. Areas of development could include quantum software architecture, quantum algorithms, quantum software development, and quantum user experience design (among other areas). Graduate student developers working towards a PhD can apply for the Quantum Computing Developer (Summer 2020 PhD) job posting, graduate student developers working towards a master’s degree can apply for the Quantum Computing Developer (Master’s) job posting, and undergraduate student developers can apply for the Quantum Computing Developer (Undergrad) job posting.
*Update as of November 26, 2019: If you receive a message indicating that any of the following job postings have expired, or a position has already been filled, then email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. You can also apply for one of the following roles:
Please apply by Monday, December 2, 2019 in order to receive the best chance at consideration. However, the IBM quantum computing team will accept applications through Monday, March 30, 2020. Applicants can submit their cover letters and resumes to the appropriate job postings listed above. Recommendation letters are not mandatory but are very helpful. In your cover letter please tell us:
Do you think you will want to focus on experiments, theory, software, or community building?
What specific areas are of interest to you (e.g., quantum algorithms)?
Where do you reside and where do you study?
Have you watched the Coding with Qiskit video series, read the Learn Quantum Computation using Qiskit free textbook, or applied for the Qiskit Advocates program?
The IBM quantum computing team will evaluate and make offers to intern candidates on a rolling basis. Note that other quantum computing internships (such as the QURIP program) may involve a separate application process and may follow a different application timeline. If you have any questions about IBM quantum computing internships (or anything else related to quantum computing at IBM) then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
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