Outreachy May 2022 internship applications

Date: February 4, 2022

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Outreachy internship applications

Outreachy initial applications are open for the May to August 2022 internships.

The initial application system opens at Feb. 4, 2022 at 4pm UTC. Initial applications are due March 2, 2022 at 4pm UTC.

We strongly recommend you read our tips for application essays before submitting your initial application.

Read applicant guide

Initial applications are reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis. Don't wait until the last day to submit your application!

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Important information

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Important dates:


Changes for this internship cohort:

🤔 What is Outreachy?

Outreachy provides internships in open source and open science. We provide internships to people subject to systemic bias and impacted by underrepresentation in the technical industry where they are living.

Outreachy internships are:

💵 Paid - $7,000 USD total internship stipend
🌍 Remote - interns work remotely
🕰 3 months - internships run May to August, or December to March

Outreachy supports diversity in tech

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Outreachy is open to applicants around the world.

We invite people to apply who face systemic bias or discrimination in the technology industry of their country.

Outreachy expressly invites applicants who are women (both cis and trans), trans men, non-binary people, 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.

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.

💻 What internship projects do you have?

Outreachy interns work on open source and open science projects. Experienced mentors will guide you.

Outreachy has many types of internship projects:

Internship projects for the May 2022 cohort will be finalized on March 25.

The internship project list will not be finalized before the initial application deadline. Please submit an initial application ASAP. Submit an initial application even if you don't see a project that interests you.

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❓ Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

The Outreachy Applicant Guide has answers to many common questions, such as:

Read applicant guide

📅 Outreachy schedule

The initial application system will open at Feb. 4, 2022 at 4pm UTC. Initial applications are due March 2, 2022 at 4pm UTC.

The Outreachy intern project project list will not be finalized until March 25, 2022. That is after the initial application deadline.

Please fill out an initial application, even if you don't see a project that interests you. More projects will be added after the initial application deadline.

Feb. 4, 2022 at 4pm UTCInitial applications open
March 2, 2022 at 4pm UTCInitial application deadline
March 30, 2022Project list finalized
March 25, 2022 at 4pm UTCInitial application results available
March 25, 2022 to April 22, 2022Contribute to projects
April 22, 2022
at 4pm UTC
Final application deadline
May 20, 2022 at 4pm UTCAccepted interns announced
May 30, 2022
to Aug. 26, 2022
Internships period

🐦 Twitter chat

Want to know what it's like to be an Outreachy intern? Have questions about applying? Join us for a Twitter chat!

Outreachy will run a chat on Twitter. The chat will introduce you to past Outreachy interns and current mentors.

The chat will have a question and answer format. The Outreachy Twitter account will ask questions of applicants, past interns, and current mentors. We will retweet all answers. You are welcome to ask additional questions during and after the chat. You can direct your questions to the Outreachy Twitter account, or past interns or current mentors who are participating in the chat.

The #OutreachyChat will happen on Feb. 14, 2022, 4 p.m. UTC. Please double check what time that is in your timezone. Please follow Outreachy on Twitter if you have a Twitter account.

Outreachy Twitter chat instructions

The Outreachy organizers will be tweeting from the @outreachy Twitter account. Outreachy organizers will pose the questions below. Applicants, mentors, and past interns will answer. Outreachy organizers will wait about 5-10 minutes between questions.

The questions are prefaced with Q1, Q2, etc. You will need to reply with A1, A2, at the start of you answer. Please also use the hashtag #OutreachyChat in all your tweets related to the chat.

The following questions are used for the chat:

Q1: For interested applicants: What questions do you have for mentors, past interns, or organizers? #OutreachyChat

Q2: For past interns and mentors: Please introduce yourself. What community (did you intern with/are you mentoring for)? #OutreachyChat

Q3: For past interns and mentors: What do you love about participating in Outreachy? #OutreachyChat

Q4: For mentors: What is the project you are mentoring? What skills do people need to apply? What skills can they learn from you? #OutreachyChat

Q4: For past interns: What community did you intern with? What was your project? What did you learn during the internship? #OutreachyChat

Q5: For past interns and mentors: What is the Outreachy application process like? Do you have advice for applicants on how to stand out? #OutreachyChat

👨🏿‍🎓 Non-student eligibility policy

You do not have to be a student to apply to Outreachy! Outreachy is open to people who are not students.

You do not need a university degree to apply to Outreachy. Many Outreachy interns learned their skills through online resources.

Please read our full eligibility guidelines.

👩🏽‍🏫 Student eligibility policy

Outreachy has some special eligibility rules for students. If you are (or will be) a student, please read the sections below.

Which cohort should students apply to?

Outreachy runs twice a year, May to August and December to March.

Students in the northern hemisphere should apply to the May 2022 internship cohort.

Students in the southern hemisphere should apply to the December 2022 internship cohort.

We consider India to be in the northern hemisphere, regardless of where the university is located. Otherwise, if your university is near the equator, you are welcome to apply to either cohort.

What if I'm graduating?

Graduating students in the northern hemisphere are eligible to apply to the May 2022 Outreachy internships.

Graduating students in the southern hemisphere may be eligible to apply to the May 2022 Outreachy internships. Graduating students are eligible if the exams for their last school term ends before July 11, 2022. If the school academic calendar continues past that date, graduating students are not eligible.

When in doubt, graduating students should fill out an initial application. Make sure to accurately represent your school and employment time commitments.

Do you grant exceptions to these policies?

In order to apply our policies fairly, we do not grant exceptions to the student policies listed above.

When determining student eligibility, Outreachy looks at the school's academic calendar dates. We do not consider the individual student's course load. We do not consider special arrangements students have made with their university. Students who plan on taking a school term off to pursue an internship are not eligible for Outreachy. We cannot accept letters from universities about pausing classes or joining classes at a later date.

Changes for this internship cohort

💵 Increased internship stipend

Outreachy has increased its internship stipend to $7,000 USD total. The internship stipend is paid in two payments. Please see the payment schedule in the Internship Guide for details.

⏲️ New time commitment policy

Outreachy has decreased the amount of time interns are required to work during the internship. Interns are now required to work 30 hours per week.

There are other Outreachy policies that give interns flexibility:

👩🏿‍🔬🔬🦠 More open science internships

Outreachy applicants will notice more open science projects this internship cohort. Outreachy received a grant from the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. This grant will fund Outreachy interns working on open science.

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What is open science? Open science means anyone can do scientific research.

Open science projects allow anyone to reproduce their research. This means making sure the software tools, data sets, and research papers are published under an open source license. An open source license means anyone can download, modify, and share their changes.

Outreachy applicants can expect more open science internship projects in the following areas:

📝 Initial application changes

Outreachy organizers have made some changes to the initial application.

Clearer application instructions

We made application instructions more detailed. The new instructions answer common questions we get from applicants.

We simplified the English in our initial application. Our goal was to have a reading level of grade 4 or below. We hope this will help non-native English speakers.

Please read the initial application instructions carefully, since they have changed.

Essay length limit

Each essay answer is limited to 1000 characters. That is about 200 words.

Limiting the essay answer length helps us review applications faster.

Essay content warnings

Initial applications have essay questions. Some applicants may talk about very harsh or hard things in their essays. That's okay. There's no need to change your essay.

It can help Outreachy application reviewers to know what harsh or hard topics are in your essay. These are called "content warnings".

Content warnings can be one or two words. Examples include: "violence", "sexual assault", or "war".

The initial application now has a "content warnings" field in the essay section. It is an optional field. Applicants can use that field to add content warnings about their essays.

Content warnings help application reviewers mentally prepare to read your essay. Thank you for your help!

If you do not talk about harsh or hard things in your essays, leave this field blank.