Internships for Chicago Quantum Exchange Trainees

The CQE partners with companies, national laboratories, and others to provide training opportunities for students and trainees, including internships and collaborative research opportunities, that expose them to a broad array of experiences in industrial, academic, and government facilities. Some opportunities follow:


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.



IBM is committed to finding and nurturing the future researchers, engineers, and developers who will help advance the field of quantum computing. The company is now accepting applications for undergraduate and graduate students to become IBM quantum computing interns and join the journey from the fundamental science of quantum information to quantum computing research and development.

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.

Candidates currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs are encouraged to apply. IBM quantum computing internship roles available can be found here. Candidates will have an opportunity to discuss specific timing and academic calendars as part of the application process. Housing or housing stipend, transportation, and some meals will be provided.

In addition to applying through the IBM portal, students at CQE institutions who are interested in an IBM internship should send an email to explaining their interest, and CQE members will help facilitate their application.


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.

Students interested in an internship at HRL are encouraged to send an email to after applying through the HRL Laboratories portal for CQE members to facilitate their application. Be sure to continue checking HRL’s Careers portal as more internships will be posted.


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 Summer 2020.

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 at Applied Technologies in Santa Clara, CA.

Graduate students interested in applying should have a background in physics, computer science, or engineering with some experience in business. Interested candidates should apply on the Applied Materials career portal.


Rigetti Computing

Rigetti Computing is seeking an undergraduate or Master’s student interested in the development of cloud-deployed quantum computers. The intern will be embedded into a core technical teams: Hardware, Software, or Quantum Engineering. In collaboration with technical staff, the intern will complete a project in one of the following areas: microwave engineering, cryogenic systems, nanofabrication, superconductivity, machine learning, quantum error correction, quantum optics, quantum and classical processor architectures, digital and analog signal processing, and quantum operating system software development.


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