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.

What is Free and Open Source Software?

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.

Why Apply to Outreachy?

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.

But don't take our word for it! Here's what some of our past Outreachy interns have to say about our program:

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Outreachy internships were inspired in many ways by Google Summer of Code. By having a program targeted specifically towards people traditionally underrepresented in tech, we reached talented and passionate participants, who were uncertain about how to get started in open source. We hope this effort will help many people learn how exciting, varied and valuable work on FOSS projects can be and how inclusive the community really is. This program is a welcoming link that will connect you with people working on individual projects in various FOSS organizations and guide you through your first contribution.

What is the Outreachy application timeline?

Sept. 7, 2017 Applications open
Oct. 2, 2017 Last date for new FOSS community listings
Oct. 23, 2017 Applications and contributions deadline
Oct. 23, 2017 to Nov. 9, 2017 Applicants are encouraged to continue making contributions for the project they applied for
Nov. 9, 2017 Accepted interns announced on this page at 4pm UTC
December 5, 2017 to March 5, 2018 Internships period

How to Apply

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