Women interested in open source software activities are encouraged to apply for the 2013 FOSS Outreach Program for Women internships. This initiative is organized by the GNOME Foundation and supported by the Wikimedia Foundation and other leading software projects, including Mozilla, OpenStack, Fedora and more. Successful applicants will be granted $5,000 USD for three months of remote work on a specific software project, and will be supported by a mentor related to the project. The Wikimedia Foundation is granting 3 internship positions, with a possibility to expand depending on the proposals received.
If you are into software development and you are available for a full-time internship between 2 January and 2 April 2013, then this program is for you. Apply also if you don’t code but are fluent in other technical activities, like testing, writing documentation, systems administration or developer advocacy. College students from the Southern Hemisphere who have a school summer break during most of this time are particularly encouraged to apply. The internships are remote and it doesn’t matter where you live. As long as you have the equipment and an Internet connection, you are set to apply.
Getting started is easy:
- Find an interesting project among the existing proposals, or suggest your own. We have stellar products like the MediaWiki CMS, extensions like the Visual Editor or Upload Wizard, the mobile web and apps, and plenty more.
- Once you have decided on a project, talk to a mentor to get a small task, and complete it. This practical step will be the most important piece of your application.
- Apply by December 3rd!
Do not hesitate to contact us with questions and draft proposals at any point. The sooner the better: we can point you in the right direction and save you time and work. Joining the developer community channels will also help.
Check the list of proposed Wikimedia projects. Learn more about how the program works and about the other organizations joining.
One of the priorities of the Wikimedia Foundation is to increase women’s participation and involvement in all our initiatives. Technical activities are the area where the gender disparity is most acute. We are very happy to support the FOSS Outreach Program for Women and we are looking forward to seeing its results.
You can help promote this initiative among your colleagues, at universities, and with women’s associations and technical communities in general. Spread the word!
Quim Gil, Technical Contributor Coordinator