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Outreachy Internship Guide

Table of Contents

  1. Internship Time Commitment
  2. Mentor Expectations
  3. Career Development
  4. Payments
  5. Blogging
  6. Blogging FAQ
  7. Chats with interns, mentors, and alums

Internship Time Commitment

Your project should be your primary focus during your internship. Unless contrary to any laws where you are located, you should dedicate 30 hours per week to your project for at least 12 weeks of the Outreachy internship's 13 week duration.

Outreachy understands that interns may be temporarily interrupted from working on their project. You may get sick or have to deal with extreme weather. You may have a power outage or internet outage. Your computer may break down. You may want to spend time with your family on during a holiday or vacation.

As stated above, we expect interns to work 30 hours a week for at least 12 weeks of the 13 week internship. Please let your mentor know if you are not working on the project for a short period of time.

Rarely, interns work less than full-time, or cannot work for all 12 weeks. In that case, interns will need to arrange an internship extension with their mentor. Mentors recommend interns for extensions at the initial, mid-point, and final feedback dates. Outreachy organizers will confirm the extension with interns and mentors via email.

Internships can be extended for up to five weeks. Internships cannot be extended for more than 5 weeks. We cannot allow an internship to be stopped and then later restarted.

When an internship is extended, the feedback dates and payment dates will be shifted by the amount of the internship extension.

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Mentor Expectations

Outreachy mentors should provide:

If your mentor is not meeting the above expectations, please contact the Outreachy organizers.

Outreachy mentors are focused on helping interns complete their project. Some mentors provide career advice or help connecting to the larger open source community, but it is not required for mentors to do so. Please see the career development section below.

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Career Development

Outreachy is working to improve the career development services we offer interns. We currently offer a very limited set of career development opportunities:

An Outreachy internship is not a guarantee that you will find a job with an Outreachy sponsor. Some applicants pick their internship because they want to network with open source contributors who work for a particular company. However, you may end up working with open source contributors who are volunteers or work for other companies. Outreachy interns should be open to networking and working with all open source contributors, regardless of who they work for.

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Payments

Outreachy interns are paid $7,000 USD total for three months of work. The stipend is paid in two payments:

The stipend is paid after organizers receive successful feedback from the project mentor. Interns will be required to fill out tax forms (either a W8-BEN or a W-9) in order to be paid. If tax forms or payment routing information are turned in after the tax form deadline, the initial payment may be delayed.

Dec 2021 internships payment schedule:

Dec. 6, 2021Internships starts
Dec. 13, 2021Feedback #1 due
Jan. 10, 2022 Feedback #2 due
Jan. 20, 2022$3000 stipend will be issued to interns with successful feedback #1
Jan. 31, 2022 Feedback #3 feedback due
TBD Feedback #4 feedback due
March 4, 2022$4000 stipend will be issued to interns with successful feedback #3
March 4, 2022Internships end

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Blogging

Interns are required to blog every two weeks about their internship.

The Outreachy organizers will provide blog post prompts via email. Once interns receive the email, they will have two weeks to write the blog post. If an intern gets behind on blog posts, it's okay to publish the blogs up to 1 week later. Otherwise, move onto writing a blog post for the most recent blog post prompt.

Blogging schedule

The Outreachy organizers will send blog prompts on the following dates:

Dec. 6, 2021Blog prompt: "Introduce yourself"
Dec. 20, 2021Blog prompt: "Everybody struggles"
Jan. 3, 2022Blog prompt: "Think about your audience"
Jan. 17, 2022Mid-point project progress blog post
Jan. 31, 2022Blog prompt: "Career opportunities"
Feb. 14, 2022No blog post - interns work on their resume
Feb. 28, 2022Final project progress blog post

Blog Week 1: Introduce yourself

Blog prompt

In your first internship blog post, you should:

  1. Introduce yourself.
  2. Pick 1-3 core values, and talk about why they are important to you.
  3. Tell people what motivated you to apply to Outreachy.

See the blog faq for suggested blog post length.

Core values

Core values are important personality traits. Core values motivate you when you make decisions. Here's a list of some core values.

For example, if the Outreachy organizer Sage Sharp were to talk about their core values, they would say:

"My core values are curiosity, growth, and compassion.

I value curiosity. I always want to know how something works. I'm also curious about why things are built a particular way.

Once I understand the how and why, I want to optimize and improve it. That's why I value growth. I want to be a better person. I want to help the world be a better place.

I also value compassion. I want to support and understand people. I'm always curious about other people's lived experiences."

Your values may be very different from Sage's. Maybe you're ambitious, you want to be a leader, and you want to influence others. Or maybe you value security, loyalty, and stability. That's great! You should write about the core values that resonate with you.

Pick 1 to 3 core values. Talk about why they are important to you.

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Blogging FAQ

Where should I create a blog?

Outreachy organizers recommend creating a blog that runs on free software. Our recommendations is to use Wordpress or Dreamwidth.

It can be tempting to use static site generators to create your own blog. However, interns often spend too much time configuring their blog than working on their project.

Outreachy organizers do not recommend using proprietary social media blogs, such as Medium or Tumblr. If your community already has a blog on Medium and wants you to post progress reports to that blog, that's is okay. However, you will still need your own blog to publish other posts on.

Please update your profile https://www.outreachy.org/account/ with a link to both the URL for your blog, and the RSS feed for your blog. For the RSS feed, you can specify either the entire blog feed, or a specific feed you want to be aggregated. Some interns add the RSS feed for their "outreachy" tag on their blog, so they can also blog about personal things.

How long should a blog post take to write?

Blog posts don't need to be perfect! You shouldn't spend more than 1-3 hours on the post. Your mid-point and final project progress blog post may take longer than your other blog posts. Blogging shouldn't take priority over working on your internship project.

How much should I write?

A good rule of thumb is that blog posts should take about 3 to 5 minutes to read. If it takes longer than that, you may want to break up it up into multiple blog posts.

What if I don't want to use the blog post prompt?

That's fine! The blog post prompts are designed to give inspiration for interns to write. If you don't like the blog post prompt, or it doesn't apply to you, write something else. You can give a status update on your project instead. Or you could talk about something you're stuck on. Or you could introduce a new tool or skill you learned. Or you could talk about what it's like to work in your free software community.

If your mentor has a different topic in mind, you can blog about that instead of using the blog post prompts.

You're still required to blog every two weeks. The goal is to share your experiences during the internship, and your progress on your project. Even a short update (a paragraph or two) is good.

Do I have to answer all the blog post prompt questions?

The blog post prompts often include a series of questions. You don't have to answer every question in the prompt. You can pick and choose which questions are most interesting to you. The goal is to inspire you to write a blog post, not to dictate exactly what you should talk about.

How should I promote my blog?

You're welcome to post a link to your blog on Twitter. If you tag @outreachy, we'll retweet your post. It's best if you include a description of your blog post that would make sense to someone who isn't familiar with Outreachy.

Examples:

Ask your mentor if there are other community forums you should post your blog entries to. Some communities aggregate member's blog posts into one page. Your blog may need to have an RSS feed to be included in the community blog aggregate page.

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Chats with interns, mentors, and alums

Every two weeks, Outreachy interns, mentors, and alums will have an informal chat on the private Outreachy Zulip chat server. The goal of these chats is to encourage the interns to connect with each other.

We encourage you to honestly share your experiences. We are all learning, and no one will judge you. We especially encourage you to participate if you're shy. You may make some new friends or find a new support group!

You may not be able to make the chat because of your timezone. If so, it's okay to read through the log and comment later.

Interns will receive an invitation to the Outreachy Zulip chat once interns are announced. The login will expire in a week. If you need us to send another invitation, email the Outreachy organizers.

Chat schedule

Dec. 7, 2021, 1 p.m. UTCIntroduction chat - come get your questions answered!
Dec. 21, 2021, 1 p.m. UTCShare something you're stuck on
Jan. 4, 2022, 1 p.m. UTCShare why you're passionate about your project or community
Jan. 18, 2022, 1 p.m. UTCShare one "easy" project goal that took longer than expected
Feb. 1, 2022, 1 p.m. UTC(Alums invited!) Advancing your career
Feb. 15, 2022, 1 p.m. UTCNetworking skills
March 1, 2022, 1 p.m. UTCInternship wrap up chat

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