Interning at Microsoft Quantum – 2023

Mariia Mykhailova

Co-authored by Leanne Dillon

We are excited to announce that applications for Microsoft Quantum’s research, chemistry, and program management internships 2023 are open! (Stay tuned for the news about our software engineering internships.)

This year, our Intern Program will return to an in-person format, and we are thrilled to be able to host these again at our offices in Redmond, WA, USA. We invite interested students worldwide to apply!

Research internships

Apply for the Microsoft Quantum research internship

Application deadline: November 18, 2022

Research internships are the most traditional of our internships, typically targeting graduate students pursuing a PhD in quantum computing. These internships focus on the exploration of new research directions under guidance of full-time researchers on our team. This position covers multiple projects that can include research on quantum algorithms, machine learning and optimization (classical and/or quantum), quantum error-correction and fault-tolerance, and physics device modeling.

While several 2022 internship projects are still ongoing, here are some highlights from research projects that wrapped up earlier this year:

  • Shreya Nagpal developed Python code that helps to visualize data structures related to quantum error correction, such as circuits and decoding graphs.
  • Troy Sewell collected experimental and benchmarking data around quantum optimization algorithms for Set Covering Problem, and validated solutions using actual IonQ hardware.
  • Kunal Marwaha studied local classical algorithms for optimization that are similar in performance to local Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithms.
  • Maxwell Levatich explored the usage of the Z3 SMT solver to solve complex scheduling problems.

You can find more examples of research internship projects from earlier years and the papers written about them in last year’s internships announcement.

Chemistry internship

Apply for the Microsoft Quantum chemistry internship

Application deadline: December 2, 2022

The chemistry internship will be very similar to the other research internships, but with a focus on computational chemistry: it might include advanced quantum chemistry calculations, high throughput computations, scientific software development, or machine learning-accelerated chemistry/materials computations.

Program management internship

Apply for the Microsoft Quantum program management internship

Application deadline: December 2, 2022

This year we are bringing back the program management internship, which was first piloted in 2021. Last year, Michelle Gelman worked on user research into the Azure Quantum partner experience to understand main friction points and identify the areas of focus necessary to improve and scale the program.  This year’s project provides an opportunity for an intern to drive programs focused on expanding our Quantum community.


Our internships are a great opportunity to meet the Microsoft Quantum team and to contribute to our work.  Of course, they also offer a lot of fun experiences as part of the greater Microsoft Internship program, from yearly puzzle events such as the Microsoft Puzzleday and the Microsoft Intern Game to the learning and social events where you can meet your fellow interns and researchers from all over the company!