Quantum Computing Internship for Physics Undergraduates Program (QCIPU)

Program Description

Undergraduate students majoring in physics and who are interested in quantum computing for the simulation of physics are invited to apply. In this three-week program, participants will gain hands-on experience programming for existing quantum computers using Python and Qiskit. This will be supplemented by daily lectures on the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and quantum computing. The program will culminate in participants running their own code on an IBM quantum computer.

This program aims to increase the representation of underrepresented groups (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Alaska Native/American Indian) and women in scientific research and the engineering workforce.


  • Enrollment in a U.S. college or university in Physics, Math, Computer Science, or Engineering
  • Completed year of introductory level Physics course
  • Eligible to work in the United States

Application Procedure

Before you apply, please have all your requirements ready. Once you submit the application you will no longer have access and will not be able to upload any missing requirements.
  • Online Application – Application Walkthrough Video Guide
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • A short statement of interest in the topic (Two paragraphs is sufficient, no more than a page)

Internship Details

  • Application Period: November 1, 2023 – January 15, 2024
  • Program Dates: June 10, 2024 – June 28, 2024
  • Offer Date: February 15, 2024
  • Acceptance Date: February 22, 2024
  • Salary: $20/hr.
  • Airfare/Housing/Transportation: Airfare, Housing and Transportation to/from airport will be paid by the program.
  • QCIPU interns will be working onsite for the Summer of 2024.

Program Outcomes

  • Basic Proficiency with Python and Qiskit through development of personal code base
  • Opportunity for a paid year-long internship at Fermilab researching quantum computing.

Key Dates

Application Dates

November 1, 2023 – January 15, 2024

Program Dates

June 10, 2024 – June 28, 2024

Application is Closed

To be considered for the internship you must upload all Requirements under the Internship Documentation section before you submit the application.


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