The next step is to create your initial application to the project. There are three sections to the Outreachy application: eligibility, personal information, and project-specific information. In this application process step, you'll fill out the first two sections of your application. You'll leave the last section of your application for later in the process, after you make your required contribution to the project.
Go to the application site, click the "Log in to Continue" button, and then select whether you want to log in with an OpenID or with your Google account. Once you log in, click the "Apply to Participate" button and then the "Submit an application" button. Fill out the eligibility and personal information, as well as the project name and mentor you're interested in working with in the Project Information section. Leave the rest of the application for later.
You'll need to submit a separate application for each community you want to apply to. For example, if you want to apply to a project in the Debian community and a project in the Linux Kernel community, you'll need to submit two applications. If you want to apply to two projects in the same community, you can submit one application, and duplicate the Project Information section.
The application system offers two options for logging in, using OpenID or using your Google account. OpenID is a protocol that allows logging into a website using an account you already have elsewhere. Please note that your OpenID identifier must be a URL. You can take a look at some services that provide an OpenID and at the information on how to use it. If you have a blog, you should check if the hosting service for it provides an OpenID. If you are accepted for the program, you will be asked to blog about your internship every two weeks. If you don't already have a blog, you might like to start one with Dreamwidth, which provides an OpenID. Please note that since the beginning of 2016, WordPress does not provide an OpenID for new blogs.
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If your legal name is different from your preferred name, then you do not need to include your legal name on your initial application. A few things to be aware of:
Different organizations may have different requirements (for example, the Linux kernel requires a developer's legal name to be part of their certificate of origin), so it may be worth asking the mentor for the organization you're interested in whether or not you will need to use your legal name.