IBM Quantum interns just wrapped up their Summer 2020 internships—and it’s already time to start looking forward to Summer 2021!
Interns from the 2019 QURIP summer program.
We are excited to announce our Summer 2021 internship opportunities, starting with roles in the United States. This year, we hosted more than 70 global interns supported by 28 managers and 51 mentors from across IBM Quantum—and if this past year was any indication, we anticipate receiving a huge volume of applications for 2021 internships. Our goal is to train the future scientists, engineers, and developers across the globe who will help advance the field of quantum computing, while taking the responsibility to find and support the best candidates from a diverse global community.
Interns make contributions to cutting-edge hardware, developing quantum theory, writing the software that controls our quantum computers, and building a quantum computing community. In past years, interns have made important contributions to quantum resonator research, error correction codes, randomized benchmarking, the Qiskit transpiler and compiler, and algorithms research. Interns also created the IBM Quantum Challenge, contributed to educational initiatives targeting all levels of quantum computing expertise, and contributed to the Qiskit Circuit Library and the Qiskit application modules. All of our interns receive educational and professional development support, gain research and work experience with the latest quantum technologies, as well as participate in networking and social events.
One of this past summer’s highlights was the Qiskit Summer School, a virtual two-week event designed to empower our interns with the knowledge to write quantum applications on their own. This training became the Qiskit Global Summer School, an open quantum computing course that provided students around the world with the same educational opportunities we provided to our interns. Some of our interns served as mentors for the Qiskit Global Summer School and offered valuable feedback that helped us refine the training material.
The Qiskit Global Summer School provided students around the world with the same educational opportunities we provided to our interns
This past year, we had to transition our internship program to be fully remote. Interns, managers, and mentors rose to the occasion and made the summer fun, engaging, and productive. Many interns continued their work largely as planned, thanks to the IBM Quantum Experience platform, which provides access to our quantum systems via the cloud. We are planning primarily for in-person internships in 2021, but are prepared for remote internships again if necessary. We understand that this is a difficult time for students. We have learned a lot from this year’s remote internship program, which we will incorporate into making interns from around the world feel better connected with one another and with colleagues across IBM Research.
You will have an opportunity to discuss specific timing, location, and academic calendars as part of the application process. Interns will work with one of our global IBM Research or IBM Systems labs. Applications for 2021 internship roles in the United States are now open. We anticipate opening applications for 2021 internship roles in other countries on a rolling basis, starting later this month.
Candidates currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs are encouraged to apply. As an IBM Quantum intern, you will be part of a team whose mission is to prototype, test and release new technologies for the world to use. You will collaborate with a multidisciplinary, global team of developers, designers, researchers, and engineers to bring new features to life. Our interns will have opportunities to join the journey from the fundamental science of quantum information to quantum computing research and development.
Top candidates will have:
Experience in a graduate or undergraduate program related to quantum computing, computer science, engineering, or other applicable area of study
Coursework or projects in quantum information, computation, algorithms, or other applicable area of study
Research, software development, or engineering experience in an area of study related to quantum computing, or other applicable area of study
For prospective developer interns (and some research and engineer internships) you should:
Learn how to multiply two matrices and take an introduction to linear algebra course
IBM Quantum internship roles currently available in the United States include:
Quantum Research Intern — Summer 2021: Research interns will have the opportunity to focus on experiments, theory, or quantum information science. Areas of research could include superconducting qubits, quantum control, quantum error correction, quantum complexity theory, quantum algorithms, quantum machine learning, and quantum compilers and optimizers (among other areas). PhD student researchers can apply to the PhD Quantum Research Summer Intern job requisite. Master’s student researchers can apply to the Master’s Quantum Research Summer Intern job requisite. We are not accepting undergraduate research intern applications outside of the Quantum Undergraduate Research at IBM and Princeton (QURIP) program (we are accepting undergraduate developer and engineer intern applications). Research interns will work with either the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, New York, USA) or IBM Research — Almaden (San Jose, California, USA).
Quantum Developer Intern — Summer 2021: Developer interns will have the opportunity to focus on kernel, algorithm, or model development. Areas of focus could include quantum machine learning, quantum biology and health informatics, quantum algorithms for chemistry, quantum simulations, quantum optimization, cloud microservices, and cloud API (among other areas). PhD student developers can apply to the PhD Quantum Developer Summer Intern job requisite. Master’s student developers can apply to the Graduate Quantum Developer Summer Intern job requisite. Undergraduate student developers can apply to the Undergraduate Quantum Developer Summer Intern job requisite. Developer interns will work with either the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, New York, USA) or IBM Research — Almaden (San Jose, California, USA).
Quantum Engineer Intern — Summer 2021: Engineering interns will have the opportunity to focus on hardware of software engineering. Areas of engineering could include superconducting qubits, quantum software architecture, cryoelectronic circuit design, quantum microwave engineering, and quantum FPGA engineering (among other areas). PhD student engineers can apply to the PhD Quantum Engineering job requisite. Master’s student engineers can apply to the Graduate Quantum Engineering Summer Intern job requisite. Undergraduate student engineers can apply to the Undergraduate Quantum Engineering Summer Intern job requisite. Engineer interns will work with the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, New York, USA) or the IBM Systems labs in Rochester, MN or Poughkeepsie, NY.
Please apply by Monday, November 2, 2020 in order to receive the best chance at consideration.
Applicants should submit their resumes to the appropriate job requisite listed above. Cover letters and recommendation letters are not required as part of your initial application.
We will evaluate and make offers to intern candidates on a rolling basis. Note that internships outside of the United States and Quantum Undergraduate Research at IBM and Princeton (QURIP) internships will involve a separate application process and may follow a different application timeline. If you have any questions about IBM Quantum internships then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are humbled that so many students are eager to make IBM part of launching their careers. We look forward to hearing from you!
In recognition of Black History Month, we spoke with a few of our growing cohort of Black IBM Quantum team members working to build the future of quantum computing. The four featured here perform indispensable roles at each level of the quantum stack, from researching quantum algorithms and their potential applications to building a global quantum ecosystem. We hope you'll follow along and celebrate their accomplishments with us today and into the future.