Quick hit: GNOME Outreach internships for women

2010 September 21
by Mary

The GNOME project, the widely used Free Software desktop and applications project, has announced paid internships for women:

The GNOME Foundation will be sponsoring at least three internships for women from December 15, 2010 through March 15, 2011. These internships are primarily aimed at female college students from the Southern Hemisphere who will have a school break during this time. However, any woman interested in working on GNOME is welcome to apply, provided she is available for a full-time internship during this time period.

The internship is expected to be a full-time effort, meaning that the participants must be able to spend 40 hours a week on their project. Participants will work remotely from home. Because IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is one of the primary means of communication within free software projects, participants should be present on their project’s IRC channel while working. They will also be expected to communicate electronically with other project members via other means, including Bugzilla comments, mailing list discussion, blog posts, and personal e-mail. Participants will be encouraged to blog about their work and their blog posts will be aggregated on Planet GNOME.

The GNOME Foundation will provide each participant with a $4,500 (USD) stipend. $500 will be wired on December 17 to participants who have begun their internships, $2000 on February 2 to participants in good standing with their mentors, and $2000 on March 22 to participants who have successfully completed their internships.

More information is available at the program webpage, and here are the key dates:

  • September 7 – October 25: participants need to get in touch with at least one project and make a contribution to it
  • October 25: application deadline
  • November 3: the program will announce accepted participants
  • December 15 – March 15: internships period

With regards to the dates, Stormy Peters has stated:

We are targeting the southern hemisphere with this one and then we will run another round during the summer of of the northern hemisphere. However, anyone who is free during those times can apply, regardless of where they live.

I’m not involved in this project in any way, by the way, so while you’re welcome to use comments to discuss your application or make other comments on the program, this isn’t the right place to ask questions if you are intending to apply. If you are in that situation, please visit the program webpage for contact details.

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This post was written by mary.

Mary is a Free Software contributor, computational linguistics research student and programmer at large. She can also be found at puzzling.org and Hoyden About Town.

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