SQMS Quantum Undergraduate Internship

Program Description

Sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Science, the SQMS Quantum Undergraduate Internship places undergraduate sophomore and junior physics and engineering majors in paid 10-week summer internships at the National QIS Center for Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems (SQMS). Students will have the opportunity to work at one of the twenty SQMS partner institutions, including Fermilab, Rigetti Computing, Northwestern University, Ames National Lab, NASA Ames and more.

SQMS is one of five elite National Quantum Initiative centers funded by the DOE and was established with the goal of building and deploying a next-generation quantum computer based on superconducting technologies. This internship offers students the opportunity to work with SQMS Center scientists and engineers on projects at the frontier of scientific research in quantum science and technology.

This program is aimed at expanding diversity in our Center; we define diversity broadly as any group that is historically or contemporarily underrepresented in the STEM fields, including under-represented minorities, first generation students, and women.


  • Full-time undergraduateĀ enrollment at an accredited institution in the United States
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or certificate of General Education Development (GED)

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.
  • Motivation statement which should cover:
    • the applicantā€™s personnel trajectory towards a STEM career path
    • a brief description of previous research experience
    • interest in a particular SQMS research area
    • how the applicant would contribute to the diversity of the SQMS center
  • unofficial transcript
  • resume
  • One letter of Recommendation

Internship Details

  • Application Period: SQMS internship will not be moving forward this summer of 2024
  • Program Dates:
  • Acceptance Date:
  • Salary: $600.00 per week
  • Support for travel and accommodations from within the U.S. is available


  • Participation in the weekly SQMS Center meetings
  • Delivering presentations at certain meetings
  • Final poster presentation at the annual SQMS all hands meeting
  • Research abstract
  • 1,500-3,000 Research project report
  • This position is full-time, 40 hours a week during regular business hours

Key Dates

Application Period

SQMS internship will not be moving forward this summer of 2024

Program Dates

Acceptance Date:

Application is Closed for 2024

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


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