Call for May 2021 mentoring communities

Date: January 15, 2021

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Outreachy seeks mentoring communities

Outreachy is seeking open source communities to participate in the May to August 2021 internship round.

Non-humanitarian open source communities need to provide their own funding for at least one intern ($6,500 USD).

Humanitarian open source communities are invited to apply to the Outreachy general fund. If your community is approved, Outreachy will fully fund at least one intern. Outreachy is especially interested in funding humanitarian projects involving climate change, infectious diseases, and mental health.

Both humanitarian and non-humanitarian communities can apply to receive additional funding for interns.

Important dates:

Please see the full mentor schedule below.

Submit Community Application


What communities need to know

What is Outreachy?
Humanitarian community funding
May 2021 internship dates


What is Outreachy?

Outreachy is an internship program. Outreachy internships are:

💵 Paid - $6,000 USD total internship stipend

🌍 Remote - both interns and mentors work remotely

🕰 3 months - internships run May 24 to August 24

Outreachy's goal is to increase diversity in open source. Past Outreachy interns are:

♀️ 92% women

🏳️‍🌈 4% transgender, genderqueer, or non-binary people

🧕🏾 64% people of color

🧑🏿 12% people from a historically disadvantaged caste or tribe

Statistics are based on responses to the 2019 longitudinal study of Outreachy alums.

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Humanitarian community funding

Outreachy is seeking humanitarian open source communities to participate in the May 2021 internship round.

We especially invite humanitarian communities to apply who are tackling:

These are some of the greatest challenges humanity faces today.

Please contact Outreachy organizers with your questions!

Funding details

Outreachy is pleased to announce that the Outreachy general fund will be funding humanitarian open source communities.

Outreachy will provide funding for at least one intern ($6,500 USD) for each community. Some communities may receive additional funding if they have multiple strong applicants.

Mentors and projects

We encourage communities to list 1-3 intern projects.

Outreachy encourages co-mentoring projects! We encourage communities to find two or more mentors. Communities should also consider finding volunteers to help applicants with project tasks during the contribution period

Mentor time commitment:

Mentors will need to provide an internship project description. Outreachy does not allow applicants to submit project ideas.

Mentors will need to provide a list of tasks for applicants to work on during the contribution period.


May 2021 internship dates

Dec. 7, 2020 at 4pm UTCCommunity sign up opens
Feb. 1, 2021 at 4pm UTCInitial applications open
Feb. 8, 2021, 4 p.m. UTC#OutreachyChat on Twitter
Feb. 22, 2021 at 4pm UTCInitial application deadline
March 1, 2021 at 4pm UTCDeadline for community sign up
March 11, 2021 at 4pm UTCMentor project submission deadline
March 15, 2021Contribution period begins
April 16, 2021Contribution period ends
April 16, 2021 at 4pm UTCFinal application deadline
May 10, 2021Intern selection deadline
May 12, 2021Outreachy organizers finalize intern selections
May 17, 2021 at 4pm UTCInterns are publicly announced on the alums page
May 24, 2021
to Aug. 24, 2021
Internships period

Apply to participate

Submit Community Application