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 undergraduate 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 Requirements

  • Motivation statement which should cover:
    • the applicant’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: Jan 7 – Feb 17, 2022
  • Program Dates: June 15 to August 23, 2022
  • Acceptance Date: March 17, 2022
  • 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

Jan 7 – Feb 17, 2022

Program Dates
June 15 to August 23, 2022

Acceptance Date:
March 17, 2022

*The internship is currently planned to take place in person

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Contact Information

Silvia Zorzetti