November 16, 2012

GNOME and its Partners Announce Internships for Women

The GNOME Foundation, along with seven other free software organizations, is pleased to announce Free and Open Source Software internships for women. In an effort to get more women involved in FOSS, the coalition is offering stipends of $5,000 for work on software development, system administration, web development, user experience design, graphic design, documentation, and marketing. The organizations include:

* Deltacloud – abstraction layer for the differences between the cloud providers
* Fedora – GNU/Linux-based operating system
* GNOME – GNU/Linux-based desktop environment and applications
* JBoss – Java-based application server and related projects
* Mozilla – software that promotes the goals of the Open Web
* OpenStack – cloud deployment and management software
* Tor – anonymizing proxy network
* Wikimedia – wiki software and infrastructure for Wikipedia and related projects

Participants will work remotely from home, while getting guidance from an assigned mentor and collaborating within their project’s team and the rest of the FOSS community. Any woman available for a full time internship who has not previously participated in the Outreach Program for Women or Google Summer of Code is welcome to apply. College women from the Southern Hemisphere who will have a school summer break during most of this time are particularly encouraged to apply.

GNOME has found the program to be extremely effective in the past. For example, attendance at GNOME’s annual conference, GUADEC, has improved from 4% (6 women) to 17% (41 woman) in just three years. During the last round of the program, the Software Freedom Conservancy joined GNOME and sponsored its own participant for the Twisted Project, we’re pleased that the seven organizations listed above have chosen to join this next round.

Please visit https://live.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen to learn more and apply. This program is organized by the GNOME Foundation. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this message to interested university and community groups.

The mentorship opportunities are also available throughout the year for anyone interested in getting started contributing to FOSS outside of the internship program.