Outreachy expressly invites applicants who are women (both cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people to apply. We also expressly invite applications who are residents and nationals of the United States of America of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. Anyone who faces systemic bias or discrimination in the technology industry of their country is invited to apply.
Outreachy is open to applicants around the world. You will need to meet the following requirements:
The initial application also includes four essay questions. Please read our essay tips carefully.
All accepted interns must sign an intern agreement. This is a legal document that certifies you are eligible to apply for Outreachy, and that all the eligibility information you supply in your application is truthful. All accepted interns will need to fill out either a W8-BEN or a W-9 tax form. It is fraud if you sign these legal documents after supplying incorrect information.
If you are concerned about these forms, please note that Outreachy has experience with people in the middle of a legal name change and transgender people who cannot change their legal name. Only Outreachy organizers and the Software Freedom Conservancy accounting team will see these legal documents. Your mentors will not see your tax form or your signed intern agreement.
All Outreachy applicants must fill out an initial application by Sept. 24, 2019 at 4pm UTC. Applicants will not be able to move onto the contribution period without an approved initial application.
It should only take you 5 minutes to 30 minutes. If you're unsure if you meet the above eligibility rules, it's better to fill out the initial application. Once you've submitted your initial application, if you have any questions, you can contact the Outreachy applicant helpers.