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Internship, Summer 2023

Location: Remote

Team: People

Type: Full-Time

IonQ is developing the world's most powerful full-stack quantum computer based on trapped-ion technology. We are pushing past the limits of classical physics and current supercomputing technology to unlock a new era of computing. Quantum computing has the potential to impact every area of human society for the better. IonQ’s computers will soon redefine industries like medicine, materials science, finance, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptography, and more. IonQ is at the forefront of this technological revolution.


IonQ is looking for summer interns for 2023 to work with various teams across the company. As a summer intern, you’ll be part of a multi-disciplinary team of physicists, engineers, scientists, business analysts, and application specialists advancing our quantum computing systems and more. You’ll have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in research and development, engineering, applications, and solutions development, or other areas relevant to your interests. 

The deadline for applications is January 15th, 2023 at 11:59pm, Pacific Standard Time.


  • Internships are 10 weeks in duration, June 12th - August 14th 
  • At this time we are not providing housing or relocation - you must be willing to be fully remote within the United States or already be located in the College Park, MD area and not in need of housing for on-site internships
  • You must be authorized to work or study within the United States
  • You must be registered for at least 1 semester or quarter of school after Summer 2023 
  • We are not currently open to internship requests outside of these parameters 


  • Research and Development: potential opportunities include projects working on Atomic Physics, Optical, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computational Sciences and Software Tools 
  • Quantum Applications: research and development of quantum algorithms to be executed on IonQ quantum computers 
  • Software Engineering: a broad range of projects from cloud applications to security
  • Education and Training: efforts to develop educational and training material for quantum computing 
  • Company Logistics: this ranges from finance to marketing and more

You’d be a good fit if you are: 

  • Graduate students with specific training in physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, data science, and/or computer science/engineering
  • Undergraduate students with keen interest in science and engineering 
  • Deeply interested in quantum computing and associated technologies 
  • Ready to tackle challenging problems with an innovative mindset 
  • Someone who enjoys working in a team to achieve specific and complex goals 

You’d be a great fit with: 

  • Demonstrated experience in research projects 
  • Entrepreneurship or leadership experiences and/or skills 
  • Great communication skills 

Please Submit: 

  • A detailed resume / curriculum vitae with an unofficial transcript including three references that can speak to your academics, work ethic, and experience in the relevant fields
  • A cover letter indicating your areas of interest and a paragraph introducing yourself and your interest in IonQ (no more than one page), submitted as a single document


  • Applications will close on Monday, January 15th, 2023 at 11:59pm, Pacific Standard Time
  • Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis with final decisions going out in early March

Our HQ is located in College Park, Maryland and we are a 15 minute metro ride from Washington DC. We are actively building out teams in the Washington D.C., Seattle, and Boston metro areas and will want to locate you in one of these geographies. However, IonQ will be expanding into additional geographies both domestically and internationally so don’t let this stop you from applying.
At IonQ, we believe in fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers. We empower employees to thrive by fostering a culture of autonomy, productivity, and respect. We are dedicated to creating an environment  in which any individual can feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued.
We are committed to equity and justice. We welcome different voices and viewpoints and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, and military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
If you are interested in being a part of this team and mission, we encourage you to apply.

IonQ Covid-19 Policy: IonQ requires all employees to provide proof of full vaccination for Covid-19 before starting employment.