Outreachy is a paid, remote internship program that helps people
traditionally underrepresented in tech make their first contributions to
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities.
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is software that gives the user the freedom to use, copy, study, change, and improve it. There are many Free and Open Source Software licenses under which software can be released.
FOSS contributors work together publicly to build this software. FOSS contributors believe that this is the best way to develop software because it creates a fun collaborative community around a project. Developing software publicly allows anyone to make innovative changes that reach many people.
FOSS contributors do various things: software development, system administration, user interface design, graphic design, documentation, community management, marketing, identifying issues and reporting bugs, helping users, event organization, and translations.
Many people work on FOSS in their spare time, but many contributors are employed by companies and non-profit organizations, including ones that are sponsoring this program! Experience with FOSS is highly valuable in the professional world because employers can see public contributions and a history of collaboration that will give them confidence when making hiring decisions.
Outreachy provides an opportunity for an online collaborative environment for learning, and remote mentoring with experienced FOSS contributors, many of whom are employed to work with free and open source software. The Outreachy travel stipend gives interns a chance to network with their community, give their first public tech talk, look for a job, or learn new skills.
Started as a mentee, continued as a mentor. I've seen really great talent grow thanks to this program. Please consider applying! https://t.co/OFC17vM5pH— vkmc (@vkmc) August 22, 2017
I'd tell them it was the best experience of my life, made me realize my love for Software & made me overcome impostor syndrome.— Mansimar Kaur (@mkaur1102) August 27, 2017
|Sept. 7, 2017||Applications open|
|Oct. 2, 2017||Last date for new FOSS community listings|
|Oct. 23, 2017||Applications and contributions deadline|
|Oct. 30, 2017||Deadline for late applications for some communities|
|Oct. 30, 2017 to Nov. 9, 2017||Applicants are encouraged to continue making contributions for the project they applied for|
|Nov. 9, 2017||Accepted interns announced at 4pm UTC|
|December 5, 2017 to March 5, 2018||Internships period|
We're so excited to have you apply! The
application process for Outreachy is longer than most internship
applications, so we highly encourage applicants to start their
application at least 2-3 weeks before the Outreachy application deadline. The application process consists of five steps:
1. Make sure you're eligible to apply for Outreachy. We have strict eligibility rules for people who are students, so it's important that you confirm you're eligible.
2. Pick 1-2 projects.
Look at the proposed projects and pick 1-2 projects that look
interesting to you. There will be more information on each community's
landing page, including community chat channels and mentor contact
information if you need to ask questions about the projects.
3. Start your application form.
It's important you fill out the eligibility parts of the application
and personal information, even if you aren't ready to fill out the
contribution section or timeline section. This allows Outreachy
organizers to double check your eligibility.
4. Make small, consistent contributions to the project(s) you've chosen. Each project will have a set of tasks for you to complete to see if you like working on the project. It's less important that you make a big, last minute contribution, and more important that you're in contact with the mentors, asking questions, and sending small contributions at a steady pace. Only applicants that make at least one contribution to a project will be accepted as interns. We find that the strongest applicants make multiple contributions throughout the application process, including after the application deadline.
5. Update your application with links to your contributions and the project timeline by the application deadline. It's fine to continue to make contributions after the application deadline, and update your application. However, please ensure that the eligibility and personal information sections of your application are completed before the application deadline.Application process next step: (1/5) Check Eligibility