The Outreach Program for Women (OPW) helps women (cis and trans) and genderqueer get involved in free and open source software. We provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year and offer focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations.


The next round of the Outreach Program for Women internships will have an application deadline on October 22, 2014, and internship dates from December 9, 2014 to March 9, 2015. Coding, design, documentation and other projects will be available. The applicants will be asked to select a project with one of the participating organizations and collaborate with a mentor listed for that project to make a relevant contribution to the project during the application process. The organizations that will participate in the next round have not yet been determined, but starting to contribute to one of the organizations that participated in the past will help prepare to apply for an internship with any organization. Many of the mentors participating in the program are happy to offer informal mentorship any time throughout the year. Detailed information about the background for the program, requirements for participants, how to select a project, and how to make a contribution is available.

The accepted participants work remotely, while being guided by their mentor, and receive $5,500 stipend. It's expected that the participants are able to have the internship work be a primary focus during the internship dates and spend 40 hours a week on it.

Learn more!


Congratulations to the 40 interns who were accepted for May - August 2014 round of the Outreach Program for Women! Congratulations to the 5 interns, who applied for both the Outreach Program for Women and Google Summer of Code, and after coordination between administrators of both programs, were accepted for Google Summer of Code!

Find out who is participating in this round!


The Outreach Program for Women is organized by the GNOME Foundation. The internships in the May - August 2014 are generously sponsored by the following organizations and companies:


Wikimedia Foundation


Google Hewlett-Packard Intel
Linux Foundation Mozilla Red Hat


Codethink Libav Open Technology Institute Open Source Robotics Foundation
OpenStack Foundation ownCloud Perl Foundation Python Software Foundation
Rackspace Twitter Xen Project Yocto Project
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Red Hat supports the Outreach Program for Women by contributing its employee time towards the organization of the program.

Red Hat

Software Freedom Conservancy supports the Outreach Program for Women by contributing its employee time towards the organization of the program.

Software Freedom Conservancy

Ropes & Gray helps the Outreach Program for Women by kindly providing pro bono legal assistance for the program.

Ropes & Gray


The Outreach Program for Women (OPW) was inspired by Google's Summer of Code and by how few women applied for it. The GNOME Foundation first started the OPW with one round in 2006, and then resumed the effort in 2010 with rounds organized twice a year. In the May-August 2012 round, the Software Freedom Conservancy joined the OPW with one internship with the Twisted project. In the January-April 2013 round, many other free and open source organizations joined the program.

This program is a welcoming link that connects talented and passionate newcomers with people working in free and open source software and guides them through their first contribution. Through OPW, participants learn how exciting and valuable work on software freedom can be, while helping us to build a more inclusive community.

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