The Chicago Quantum Exchange partners with companies, national laboratories, and others to provide training 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.


Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc., a corporate partner of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, is now accepting applications for a Quantum Computing and Materials Technology Intern for Fall 2020 and beyond.

Applied Materials, Inc., is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Applied’s expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale can help enable technology advancements across a broad range of applications.

The intern will be responsible for kicking off Applied Materials’ technology exploration in the Quantum Computing and Si photonics domains, looking for specific segments and HVPs to target, making predictions about the market. The internship should result in an actionable plan for the Chief Technology Officer team to go-to-market. The internship will take place virtually.

Graduate students interested in applying should have a background in physics, computer science, or engineering with some experience in business. Interested candidates should apply here or by contacting Nir_Yahav at amat dot com.


Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory is seeking undergraduate and graduate summer students work on research in the field of quantum information science. We have openings in a large variety of projects related to development of novel quantum algorithms, new error correction and mitigation techniques, quantum simulators to model quantum devices, highly parallelized quantum simulators, and quantum compilers to name a few. 

Students interested in an internship at Argonne National Laboratory are encouraged to send an email with a cover letter and resume/CV to The deadline for application is March 1. 


HRL Laboratories

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.

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.

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.

Internships are available throughout the year. CQE students interested in an internship at HRL are encouraged to apply through the HRL Laboratories portal, and send a follow up email with the application materials to to facilitate the application. Be sure to continue checking HRL’s Careers portal as more internships will be posted.



IBM  Quantum  is  now  accepting applications for undergraduate and graduate student researchers, developers, and engineers to become IBM Quantum interns in  2021. IBM Quantum is an industry first initiative to build universal quantum computers for business, engineering and science. This effort includes advancing the entire quantum computing technology stack and exploring applications to make quantum broadly usable and accessible. With a worldwide network of Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, researchers, educators, and enthusiasts, we are committed to driving innovation for our clients in the IBM Q Network and the Qiskit Community. 

IBM Quantum interns will be part of a team whose mission is to prototype, test and release new technologies for the world to use. As an IBM Quantum Research Intern, you will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary, global team of developers, designers, researchers, and engineers to bring new features to life. 

Students at CQE institutions who are interested in an IBM internship should apply via the IBM portal, and then send a follow up email with the application materials for CQE members to help facilitate their application. 


JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase is accepting applications through December 6, 2020 for Quantum Computing Summer Associates. JPMorgan Chase’s research technology strategy and direction is oriented through investigation and research of emerging technologies, such as Quantum Computing, Human Machine Interfaces, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Computer Vision and IoT. As a Summer Associate, you will work closely with internal project teams, senior management, and external communities alike to advance these research focus areas in a way that is beneficial to the company’s technical teams. You will cultivate investigations into these areas, produce research solutions in collaboration with the internal project teams, and contribute to the firm’s intellectual property.

Applicants should be Master’s or Ph.D. students in math, physics, engineering, computer science or related fields, have experience with Quantum Computing algorithms and applications, excellent knowledge of Python, experience with AI and/or Optimization, experience in scientific technical writing, as well as grant applications or research proposals, though no prior experience with financial markets required. Interested students can apply on the JPMorgan Chase portal.



P33, a private sector led non-profit, drives leadership in the Illinois tech ecosystem to facilitate economic growth across technology areas, including quantum information science and technology. P33 invites graduate students and postdoctoral researchers of CQE member institutions with at least two (2) years of QIST research experience to apply to the P33 Quantum Council Fellowship. The Fellowship is a 12-month, paid, part-time opportunity for quantum researchers to engage with and shape the Illinois quantum ecosystem in partnership with the P33 Quantum Council, a small team of industry and entrepreneurial stakeholders designed to tactically build the regional quantum ecosystem. If you have further questions about this opportunity, please contact Cole Johnson at cole dot johnson at P33Chicago dotcom. Applications are duehereby January 22, 2021. 


Quantum Economic Development Consortium  

The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) has a program to help connect QED-C industry and academic members with students interested in QIS internships and full time positions. If you are a student (graduate or undergraduate) or post-doc with knowledge or skills and an interest in a quantum-related internship or full-time job, please submit theStudent Info Form(password: Students@QED-C). The information will be shared with all QED-C members. 


Quantum Machines

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 inMatlab/Python or similar, emphasizing data analysis and experimental control. Experience with quantum lab experiments and machine learning techniques are a plus. Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter 


Quantum Opus

Quantum Opus, a corporate partner of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, is now accepting applications for internships.

The company, located in Novi, Michigan, develops novel products and services that enable researchers to make single-photon measurements with unmatched sensitivity, speed, and precision. It’s Opus One™ multi-channel near-infrared photon detector system operates with greater than 80 percent detection efficiency.

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.

Interested undergraduate or graduate students should send a resume and cover letter to, explaining why they are interested in working with Quantum Opus, their areas of interest, and their unique expertise.

Super. tech is a quantum software startup spun out of research from UChicago and incubated through Argonne National Laboratory’s Chain Reaction Innovations program. We’re hiring intern and fulltime quantum software engineers with experience in frameworks such as Qiskit, Cirq, or Q#. The ideal candidate is pursuing graduate studies in either computer science or physics, and has broader experience in both fields. Interested candidates should email their resume and background to 


Zurich Instruments 

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 starting summer 2021.  

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 6 month engagements, which will include ~3 months in Cambridge, MA or virtually and ~3 months 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.  

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 Maja Lang (maja dot lang at zhinst dot com). 


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