Northwestern University, NU-Fermi CAPST SQMS Center

Internship ID:Northwestern University-NU-Fermi CAPST SQMS Center-INTERN [#20898, 0000001]
Internship Title: 2022 SQMS Quantum Summer Internship
Internship Type:Student programs
Location:Evanston, Illinois 60208, United States
Subject Area: Physics
Appl Deadline:2022/02/17 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/01/07, finished 2022/08/20, listed until 2022/02/17)

*** this internship has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

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 personal 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
  • Salary: $600.00 per week
  • Support for travel and accommodations from within the US 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 word research project report
  • This position is full-time, 40 hours a week during regular business hours

*The internship is currently planned to take place in person.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the description.

Further Info:
2145 Sheridan Rd
Tech F236
Evanston, IL 60208