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Applications Open for 2020 Qiskit Global Summer School

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You too can get the same quantum computing training as IBM’s interns.

This week, we are excited to welcome more than 70 interns joining us to work with the IBM Quantum team for the summer. This program’s purpose is to train future scientists, engineers, and developers across the globe who will help advance the field of quantum computing — all with a mindset that it is our responsibility to find and support the best candidates from a diverse global community. This includes educational and professional development support, research and work experience with the latest quantum technologies, as well as networking and social events. We have transitioned our internship program to be fully remote, made possible by the IBM Quantum Experience, which provides access to our quantum systems via the cloud, and will be supported by dozens of managers and mentors from across IBM’s global quantum team.

And now, you will also have the opportunity to take the same world-class training that our interns do.

Making Quantum Education Open and Accessible


One of our central goals is to make quantum education open and accessible to the world as we work to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive quantum community. We had a tremendous amount of interest in the IBM Quantum internship program, but could ultimately only accept a small percentage of those who applied.

At the same time, we are very happy to announce today that we are offering the Qiskit Global Summer School to provide students around the world with the same educational opportunities we provide to our IBM Quantum interns.

The Qiskit Global Summer School is a virtual two-week event designed to empower the next generation of quantum developers with the knowledge to write quantum applications on their own. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity that will teach students with little to no quantum computing experience to write quantum algorithms, understand superconducting device physics, and solve quantum chemistry problems using Qiskit. The Qiskit Global Summer School is designed to have minimal prerequisites, and anyone with familiarity with matrix multiplication and some experience with Python programming is encouraged to apply.

The last day of the Qiskit Global Summer School includes a discussion about careers in quantum computing, led by our own researchers as well as members of the IBM Q Network. We hope to highlight the different career paths in quantum computing and showcase the different possibilities of such a career in industry.

The Qiskit Global Summer School will take place from July 20 through July 31, 2020. After you register, the IBM Quantum team will review the list of applicants and send out invitations to those selected. Be sure to register before July 10, 2020 if you are interested in participating.

Researcher and Qiskit Advocate Farai Mazhandu attended last year’s Quantum Summer School in South Africa and loved that he was able to learn from and network with researchers who worked on IBM’s quantum devices. Not only did he learn about how to run Qiskit on other quantum hardware, but he felt that he built a solid foundation for a future career in the quantum field.

“I think people pay attention more now when I apply to jobs, and I get connection requests on LinkedIn from esteemed people I never would have met otherwise,” said Mazhandu.

We are incredibly excited to provide this educational opportunity to a broader audience outside of IBM Quantum interns. Through quantum education and open science we aim to build and shape a diverse, equitable, and inclusive quantum workforce. We invite you to join us on this journey.

The Qiskit Global Summer School
July 20-31, 2020
Deadline: July 10, 2020


IBM Quantum

Quantum starts here


Director, IBM Quantum & Qiskit Community

Abe Asfaw

Quantum Education Lead, IBM Quantum

Bradley Holt

Program Director, Qiskit Developer Advocacy, IBM Quantum

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