Outreachy Round 15

This page contains information specific to the to round of Outreachy internships. The timeline for this round is:

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

Participating Communities & Projects

Below is a list of the communities and the projects they offer. Sometimes this project listing gets out of date, so check the community landing page for the most current projects offered.

For each community, an approximate number of internship slots are listed. Please note that many communities find additional funding from the Outreachy general fund, so they may end up taking more interns than they have funding for. Don't avoid applying to a community just because it has a small number of internship slots! Please note that although communities like Mozilla and Linux Kernel often accept more interns, those communities have the most competitive projects. If you want to apply for either Mozilla or the Linux Kernel, please consider applying to a second project as well.

Each project has a list of skills they would like applicants to have basic experience with. Some project mentors are willing to teach applicants and interns new skills, so it never hurts to ask mentors what skills are required and which skills are optional. People from backgrounds who are under-represented in tech often feel impostor syndrome, which makes them under-estimate their skills. If you feel you "aren't experienced enough" or you only have some of the listed skills, it's important to apply anyway! Outreachy mentors are welcoming and willing to help.

Where ever possible, please try to communicate with mentors and send contributions to the public issue trackers or mailing lists that projects list on their landing pages. Some projects use a group chat tool called IRC. IRC can be a complex tool, but there are good beginner tutorials and notes on IRC etiquette and IRC clients. If you have trouble getting a hold of a mentor, you can send email to mentors@lists.outreachy.org. If you have a question about eligibility or can't find a project that you're interested in, you can send email to organizers@outreachy.org.

The projects that are listed first currently have a low number of applicants. You may want consider applying for them to have a better chance at getting an internship!

CNCF Tracing - 1 internship spot

Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) tracing landing page. People building microservices at scale need tracing across distributed systems to understand how and why a system is misbehaving. Source code instrumentation can been complex, fragile, expensive, and difficult to maintain, which is why the CNCF has two tracing projects: OpenTracing and Jaeger. OpenTracing is a vendor-neutral open standard for distributed tracing. Jaeger is a concrete set of tracers and a trace storage backend, for usage on applications and microservices instrumented with OpenTracing.

Debian - 2 internship spots - Needs More Applicants

Debian landing page. Debian is a volunteer-driven project building "the Universal Operating System", a 100% free and open source distribution, based on the Linux, FreeBSD and Hurd kernels, for all devices, ranging from mobile phones, personal computers, to mainframes and distributed cluster. The following projects currently have a low number of applicants (other Debian projects which are still accepting applicants are listed below):

Discourse - 1 internship spot - Needs More Applicants

Discourse landing page. Discourse is a from-scratch reboot; an attempt to reimagine what a modern Internet discussion platform should be today, in a world of ubiquitous smartphones, tablets, Facebook, and Twitter. We're building Discourse (with Rails and Ember.js) for the next decade of the Internet. It works as a mailing list; a discussion forum; a long-form chat room. Discourse is offering the following projects, which may use Rails or Ember.js:

GNOME - 1 internship spot - Needs More Applicants

GNOME landing page. GNOME is a GNU/Linux-based innovative desktop that is design-driven and easy to use.

Play Framework - 1 internship spot - Needs More Applicants

Play Framework landing page. Play Framework makes it easy to build web applications with Java & Scala.


The projects listed below are still seeking additional applicants.

Ceph - 2 internship spots - Accepting Applicants

Ceph landing page. Ceph is distributed, software-defined storage that allows users to turn commodity hardware into a massively scalable storage cluster with no single point of failure. This storage solution is able to speak object, block, and file which unifies all storage needs under a single system with self-managing and self-healing characteristics. Ceph is already integrated with many systems, including the ever-growing world of cloud offerings like OpenStack, CloudStack, OpenNebula, Ganeti, and others.

Debian - 2 internship spots - Accepting Applicants

Debian landing page. Debian is a volunteer-driven project building "the Universal Operating System", a 100% free and open source distribution, based on the Linux, FreeBSD and Hurd kernels, for all devices, ranging from mobile phones, personal computers, to mainframes and distributed cluster. Debian is offering the following projects:

Git - 1 internship spot - Accepting Applicants

Git landing page. Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

Linux Kernel - 4 internship spots - Accepting Applicants

Linux kernel landing page. The Linux kernel is the most basic layer of the Linux operating system. It encompasses many things: hardware drivers, file systems, security, task scheduling, and much more. Most projects involve coding in C, and may require some operating system knowledge.

Mozilla - 4 internship spots - Accepting Applicants

Mozilla landing page. Mozilla creates software that promotes the goals of the Open Web. (Note that you may need to create an account on Mozillians.org and log in before you can see some mentor contact information.)

Open Data Kit - 2 internship spots - Accepting Applicants

Open Data Kit landing page. Open Data Kit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. Data collection is a key component of social good efforts ranging from polio elimination to rainforest conservation and ODK helps thousands of organizations collect data quickly, accurately, offline, and at scale.

OpenStack - 3 internship spots - Accepting Applicants

OpenStack landing page. OpenStack is open source software for building public and private clouds. What does that mean? We're a collection of open source projects that integrate to help organizations deploy and run clouds for computing, networking, and storage (both block storage for providing volumes to VMs and object storage for storing objects such as images or music files). With OpenStack, you can control large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface

Systers - 3 internship spots - Accepting Applicants

Systers landing page. Systers is an Anita Borg Institute (ABI) Community for all women involved in the technical aspects of computing. The community has over 7,000 members from at least 65 countries around the world. Systers is looking to improve their web applications (Portal, VMS, & Meetup) and mobile applications (PowerUp: Android, iOS, & Design). Portal, VMS, and Meetup work together to provide at least 18 affinity communities a platform to coordinate, collaborate, and launch events (http://portal-beta.systers.org/). PowerUp is a female empowerment educational mobile game app that will allow young girls to learn about reproductive health and self-esteem by navigating the life of their avatar.

Tor Project - 1 internship spot - Accepting Applicants

Tor Project landing page. The Tor Project is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization advancing human rights and freedoms by creating and deploying free and open source anonymity and privacy technologies, supporting their unrestricted availability and use, and furthering their scientific and popular understanding.

Wikimedia - 4 internship spots - Accepting Applicants

Wikimedia landing page. Wikimedia is a global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world, via Wikipedia and other projects. Help improve our technical backstage! Note: unlike other participating organizations Wikimedia asks applicants to post their applications publicly and the information on whether someone was accepted or not is also posted publicly as a comment to the application. 

Zulip - 3 internship spots - Accepting Applicants

Zulip landing page. Zulip is a powerful open source group chat application. Projects include:

Projects No Longer Accepting New Applicants

The projects in this section already have many strong candidates they have worked with. If you are just starting out with the Outreachy application process, we don't suggest you apply for these projects. If you have been working with the project mentors, please continue to work with them, and make sure to submit your application in the Outreachy application system.