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Complete your initial application!

In order to see all project information, you must fill out a short initial application.

Start Initial Application

Until your initial application is approved, some information about the internships will be hidden, including full project details, mentor contact information, and how to make contributions to internship projects.

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Outreachy internships

What is Outreachy?

Outreachy is a program that provides internships for people from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech. Interns are paid a stipend of $5,500 for a three month internship. The internship is completely remote, and interns come from around the world.

Interns work one-on-one with a mentor from Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities. The internship projects range from programming, user experience, documentation, illustration and graphical design, to data science.

Interns have $500 travel stipend available to use to attend tech events. Many interns use the travel stipend to network and find a job. Interns often find employment after their internship with Outreachy sponsors or in jobs that use the skills they learned during their internship.

For more information on who is eligible for Outreachy internships, see the eligibility page. A description of the application process can be found on the application instructions page

Outreachy Timeline

Feb. 18, 2019Outreachy application period opens and applicants make their required contributions to projects
March 26, 2019Outreachy applications due for most Public Lab projects
April 2, 2019Some Outreachy Public Lab projects have a late application deadline
May 6, 2019Interns are publicly announced at 4pm UTC on the alums page
May 20, 2019 to Aug. 20, 2019Internships period

Outreachy Internships with Public Lab

Public Lab is a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community that is offering internship projects through the Outreachy program.

Internships with other FOSS communities can be found on the the current round page.

What is Public Lab?

Public Lab is a community where you can learn how to investigate environmental concerns. Using inexpensive DIY techniques, we seek to change how people see the world in environmental, social, and political terms. We are an open network of community organizers, educators, technologists and researchers working to create low cost solutions for monitoring air, water and land.

Public Lab is a community and non-profit democratizing science to address environmental issues that affect people. 

Why this is important 

In Public Lab, we believe that generating knowledge is a powerful thing. We aim to open research from the exclusive hands of scientific experts. By doing so, communities facing environmental justice issues are able to own the science and advocate for the changes they want to see. By promoting a hands-on, do-it-yourself ethos, we support each other’s exploration, which leads to technical development and real applications in our communities.

How we work 

Public Lab is an open community that anyone can join. We work online through this interactive wiki where people can pose questions, post their research and reach out to others. Research questions are focused on addressing local issues, and are driven by on-the-ground community work. This makes us stronger community organizers, technologists, scientists and activists.

About the tools and data 

The science, technology and data in Public Lab are community-created and open source. We utilize our open data to advocate for better environmental management, regulations and enforcement. These tools enable people to more easily generate knowledge and share data about community environmental health.

We focus tool development on creating tools that are:

Open Projects

Mentors for these projects are willing to work with new Outreachy applicants. Please note that as the round goes on, mentors may close their project to new applicants because they are already working with many applicants. Make sure to start your required contribution as soon as possible!

Each project mentor is looking for applicants who have different skills. Sometimes a skill is a hard requirement for an applicant to have. Other times, a mentor might prefer an applicant to have a skill, but they would accept an applicant as an intern who didn't have that skill. Some skills are "nice to have" meaning it would be great if applicants have this skill, but the mentor doesn't have a strong preference.

Each project will require a different level of experience with a particular skill. Experience levels are indicated with numbers:

Mentors are willing to teach this skill to applicants with no experience at all
Applicants should have read about the skill
Applicants should have used this skill in class or personal projects
Applicants should be able to expand on their skills with the help of mentors
Applicants who are experienced in this skill will have the chance to expand it further

Public Lab project #1

Extend Leaflet Environmental Layers with new layer menu and layer addition workflow

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Deadline is March 26, 2019 to record your contributions and create a final application.

Skill description
Impact on intern selection
Experience Level
JavaScript
Required
HTML
Preferred
Leaflet.js
Nice to have


Public Lab project #2

PublicLab.org UI improvements

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Deadline is March 26, 2019 to record your contributions and create a final application.

Skill description
Impact on intern selection
Experience Level
JavaScript
Preferred
HTML
Preferred
Ruby on Rails
Nice to have


Open Projects


Extend Leaflet Environmental Layers with new layer menu and layer addition workflow

Deadline is March 26, 2019 to record your contributions and create a final application.


PublicLab.org UI improvements

Deadline is March 26, 2019 to record your contributions and create a final application.