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Outreachy | Free and Open Source Software Internships for Under-represented Groups

September 21, 2016

Outreachy is the successor of the Outreach Program for Women (OPW) that was inspired by Google Summer of Code and by how few women applied for it. For the May 2015 round, the program was renamed to Outreachy with the goal of expanding to engage people from various underrepresented groups.

This program is a welcoming link that connects talented and passionate newcomers with people working in free and open source software and guides them through their first contribution. Through Outreachy, participants learn how exciting and valuable work on software freedom can be, while helping us to build a more inclusive community.

We provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year and offer focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations.

Applications for the new round of Outreachy internships are now open. The application deadline is October 17, 2016. The full-time internships will run from December 6, 2016 to March 6, 2017. Coding, design, documentation and other projects are available. The applicants are asked to select a project with one of the participating organizations and collaborate with a mentor listed for that project to make a relevant contribution to the project during the application process.

The accepted participants work remotely, while being guided by their mentor, and receive $5,500 stipend. It’s expected that the participants are able to have the internship work be a primary focus during the internship dates and spend 40 hours a week on it.

Currently, internships are open internationally to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Additionally, they are open to residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. We are planning to expand the program to more participants from underrepresented backgrounds in the future

Detailed information about the background for the program, requirements for participants, how to select a project, and how to make a contribution is available.

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