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Welcome to FLOSS Outreach Program for Women interns

“Live bird”, an illustration by Kim ‘Isarra’ Schoonover, one of Wikimedia’s interns for the Outreach Program for Women.

I’m glad to announce that Kim Schoonover, Mariya Miteva, Priyanka Nag, Sucheta Ghoshal, Teresa Cho and Valerie Juarez will join the MediaWiki community as full-time interns between January and March 2013. They have been selected as part of the FLOSS Outreach Program for Women, an initiative of the GNOME Foundation, with participation by several other free software projects: Deltacloud, Fedora, JBoss, Mozilla, Open Technology Institute, OpenITP, OpenStack, Subversion, Tor and Wikimedia. A total of 25 women have been selected in this edition.

Each MediaWiki intern will work on a specific project:

Our mentors assisted about 25 women interested in the MediaWiki community during the application process. From those, 10 submitted full applications, including a project proposal and a microtask completed as part of the submission. We were impressed by the quality of many submissions, but we couldn’t take more due to lack of related mentors and funding. We encourage all applicants to stay around in the MediaWiki community, since we have no doubt they can all become top contributors and have future opportunities.

In addition to the availability of specialized mentors and the quality of the proposals, our selection criteria took into account the diversity of profiles, origins and previous involvement in Wikimedia projects. We had a rather open process for submissions and selection of candidates that gave participants a chance to check other proposals, improve their own and receive public endorsements.

We wish a happy landing to our new interns and the best of luck in their projects! You’ll be hearing more from them over the next few months.

Quim GilTechnical Contributor Coordinator

3 Responses to “Welcome to FLOSS Outreach Program for Women interns”

  1. Quim Gil says:

    FLOSS = Free Libre Open Source Software
    FOSS = Free Open Source Software

    In Wikipedia both redirect to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_and_open-source_software :)

    See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_terms_for_free_software

  2. Michael Jahn says:

    It’s FOSS, though, isn’t it? No offence to FLOSS and bright shiny teeth ;-)

  3. Teresa says:

    I’m so excited to get a chance to work with Wikimedia and my mentor! Congratulations to all the lovely ladies who got in as well!