HQAN Internship Program

HQAN Internship Program

Are you interested in a real-world internship to gain more experience in the growing quantum ecosystem? 

Today’s quantum devices feature qubit hardware and control systems that have been refined over two decades, but scaling to many qubits and integrating with classical technologies remains incredibly difficult. From a theoretical perspective, there are many open problems in algorithms, applications, and software design. Overcoming the challenges to realize the full promise of quantum information science and engineering requires perspectives from computer science, physics, materials science, electrical engineering, mathematics, and more.

Internships in industry or government research labs are an opportunity for students to apply their skills in a new setting and build their network in this exciting area. Check back frequently for an updated list of 2023 opportunities. Please contact Patrick Snyder (psnyder@illinois.edu) with any questions. To apply, please follow the instructions in each section and fill out this form:  https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/988899401 .

HQAN Partner Internships


There are 4 opportunities for internships at Qubitekk, which are open for graduate students that have completed their first year. Internships will take place over Summer 2023. Please review the following internship postings, and submit an application here.

Software Engineering Intern
Quantum Optics and Research Engineering Intern
Firmware Engineering Intern
Electrical Engineering Intern

Software Engineering Internship

The intern will perform a variety of software engineering tasks that will ensure successful software product launches. These tasks could include:

  • Deploying our quantum software to a hosted solution in the cloud.
  • Testing new quantum hardware optimization techniques.
  • Improving our development velocity by investigating unit test speed regressions, improving code review workflows, and improving GitHub integrations.
  • Converting applications in defense, energy, and finance industries to run on our quantum software.
  • Assisting with research and related publications
  • Writing tutorials via Jupyter notebooks or technical blog posts.
  • Managing the packaging of our software into a closed source executable.

If the intern is interested in non-technical work, they may also pursue business development related duties and responsibilities.

The intern should have Python programming experience. This should include either quantum programming experience (Qiskit, Cirq, etc.) or backend development experience (e.g., with a web framework, cloud platform, etc.). Having experience with both sides is a plus. Having experience with Git/GitHub or open-source software development is also a plus.

Business Development Internship

The intern will perform a variety of tasks that will ensure successful product development. These tasks could include:

  • Outreach to potential customers and media organizations.
  • Writing blog posts conveying quantum ideas to a broader audience.
  • Interfacing with our legal team.
  • Working with the developer team to create a product roadmap and tracking product development progress.
  • Soliciting feature requests, filing bugs, and prioritizing our product development work.
  • Competitor analysis.
  • Setting up systems for customer relationship management.
  • Managing our social media presence.
  • Polishing our web presence and maintaining an upcoming interactive portal for comparing different quantum computers.

If the intern is semi-technical, additional duties and responsibilities could include preparing tutorials for SuperstaQ, deploying our quantum software to a hosted solution in the cloud, and developing GUI frontends.

The ideal candidate is interested in product management and business development. While this internship position is not a technical role, familiarity with quantum computing and the quantum landscape is a strong plus.

Those interested in applying for the ColdQuanta positions should fill out the form at the top of this page.

Griffiss Institute Internship Program: https://www.griffissinstitute.org/who-we-work-with/afrl/summer-internshipNSF AFRL Intern Program: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21029/nsf21029.jspCoop Programs are available to HQAN members: Please contact Patrick Snyder and fill out the form for more info.  Students typically come to AFRL for at least 6 months under this program.U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP): https://afsffp.sysplus.com/Visiting Faculty Research Program (VFRP): https://www.afrl.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Fact-Sheet-Display/Article/2332AFRL Science and Technology Fellowship Program (formerly NRC postdoc program): https://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Fellowships/AFRL/index.htm