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IBM Quantum Community Intern in Johannesburg, South Africa


IBM Quantum is an industry first initiative with the ultimate goal to build universal quantum computers for business, engineering and science. This effort includes advancing the entire quantum computing technology stack, exploring applications to make quantum broadly usable and accessible, and growing the field of quantum computing. With a worldwide network of Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, researchers, educators, and enthusiasts, we are not only committed to driving innovation for our clients in the IBM Q Network but also to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive next generation of quantum workforce and a global community of quantum enthusiasts.

To build the core of such a global community IBM has the Quantum Community Team which works on a broad range of activities, such as the creation of educational content (for example the Qiskit textbook), organization of seminars, summer/winter schools, meet-ups, and outreach events, among many others.

At IBM Research Africa, our mission is to get Africa Quantum ready. We are therefore building an enthusiastic, highly skilled Quantum Community team to attract, develop and support Quantum skills, research, and applications, including the use of Quantum computers for some of the most pressing challenges for Africa. We are looking for Quantum Community Advocate intern.

Your Role and Responsibilities

The interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about Qiskit (our open-source framework for quantum computing)

  • Develop educational material based on Qiskit

  • Contribute to the Qiskit textbook which is used globally by thousands of quantum enthusiasts

  • Organize several types of events/community activities, specifically aimed at broadening the reach in Africa

  • Collaborate with peers working in the field of quantum computing

  • Get access to state-of-the-art quantum processors and devices at IBM

  • Gain a broad experience in quantum research, from fundamental to applied

  • Expand their network inside and outside IBM Quantum

  • Get exposure to the wide range of research happening at IBM Research

Required Technical and Professional Expertise


  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry

  • Good Quantum Computing knowledge

  • Basic Qiskit knowledge

  • Enthusiasm for outreach and community building events

  • Basic programming skills (Python)

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Be able to work at the Johannesburg lab


  • Proficiency communicating in French will be advantageous.


IBM Research Johannesburg or remotely from home / university depending on the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

Starting Date

August 2022.


6 months.

Employment type

Full time

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