Mozilla community coordinator, Larisa Shaprio (middle), with former Outreachy interns Maja Frydrychowicz (left) and Sara Mansouri (right). After their Outreachy internships, Maja became a Mozilla employee and Sara continued as a volunteer leader in various areas of the project. (Photo CC-BY-SA-NC Sage Sharp)
If you're an individual interested in donating to Outreachy, see our personal donation instructions.
Our corporate sponsors can support Outreachy by donating in any combination of three ways:1. Internship stipends for a specific set of Free and Open Source (FOSS) communities. Corporate donors often want to support the FOSS projects they use internally, and sponsoring internships for a specific FOSS community is a wonderful way to support free and open source software development.
logos are proudly displayed on the Outreachy home page. We publicly thank
sponsors who are Promoter level and above on the Outreachy twitter account, which is followed by a diverse set of FOSS contributors. Corporate sponsors of all levels are welcome to send
opportunities to a private opt-in mailing list for Outreachy interns,
alumni, and mentors. Outreachy also lists sponsor career pages on the opportunities page.
Typically, we expect people to not send e-mail about the same
opportunity more than twice and to send information about new
opportunities no more than twice a week. If you are representing a
sponsoring organization and would like to share opportunities with your
member companies, please do so no more than once a month in a form of a
The Outreachy opportunities list reaches participants around the world, so please provide details that can help people decide if any given e-mail is relevant to them in the subject line. For example, if an opportunity requires people to be in a particular location, please include the location in the subject line.
Please consider sponsoring the program at one of these game-changing levels:
Ceiling Smasher: $52,000
sponsorship is credited on a per-round basis. With two rounds a year,
you will be credited for half a year according to the amount you choose.
Women are underrepresented in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) development, even as compared with the number of women studying Computer Science in colleges around the world and with the number of women employed in proprietary software development. While the 2017 GitHub survey showed that participation of women in FOSS is still extremely low at 3%, Outreachy has been a major factor in increasing participation of women in communities that participate. For example, the percentage of women Linux kernel authors rose from 5% in 2005 to 9.9% in 2016, with a marked increase in 2013 when the kernel joined Outreachy. Outreachy also encourages women who are students interested in coding projects to apply for Google Summer of Code, and it played a role in increasing participation of women in Google Summer of Code from 7.1% in 2011 to 11.4% in 2017.
The diversity data for the U.S. released by many tech companies shows that many of them only have 1-3% Black and 2-4% Hispanic employees in technical roles, while the population of the U.S. is 13% Black and 17% Hispanic. We don't have any data like this for free software participation, but we can tell there is a lack of racial and ethnic diversity at conferences we attend. Addionally, we are aware of bias and discrimination against other groups not connected to race or gender.
It's important that we reach more people with the information that the FOSS community is (by and large) mature and friendly, and that contributing to FOSS is valuable for both social and professional reasons. In this way, we are growing the community and improving our ability to reach even more people.
We know from the 2017 GitHub survey that "women are also more likely than men to seek out help directly (29% vs 13%) from people they already know well (22% vs 6%), rather than ask for help from strangers in a public forum or channel." It can be intimidating to submit contributions and get feedback on public forums. Outreachy provides a gentle introduction to FOSS by providing mentors who can guide applicants through making their first public contributions during the application period. Then selected interns work remotely with the same mentor during the three month internship.
By participating in the program, applicants and interns develop a good understanding of the power of FOSS and skills necessary to continue contributing to it. Outreachy provides a collaborative environment in which newcomers from underrepresented backgrounds can get help working on their first contributions and a focused opportunity for them to dedicate a full-time effort to learning and contributing to FOSS.
Victoria Martínez de la Cruz received OpenStack mentor of mentors award