This is a quick announcement that the Xen Project is again participating in Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a program that awards three-month paid stipends to University students to work on open source projects, with the goal to get open source experience. The Xen Project will also again participate in Outreachy, which is an internship program that organises three-month paid internships with free and open-source software projects for people who are typically underrepresented in the technology industry. Outreachy has been helping women (cis and trans), trans men, genderqueer people and people from other discriminated backgrounds get involved in free and open source software for several years. The Xen Project is proud that it has participated continually in Outreachy (and its predecessor OPW) for 4 years.
I want to participate, how do I get started?
If you are not at all familiar with programs such as GSoC and Outreachy, have a quick look at our introduction. In a nutshell, both programs go through several stages:
- Check eligibility requirements.
- Now until application period: Preparation by working on small tasks (also called micro-tasks) within our community to identify a suitable project and to familiarise yourself with the technology.
- Application Period (aka paperwork): For GSoC, the application system is open from March 20 to Apr 3, 2017; however you should work on micro-tasks before and prepare your application together with a mentor as early as possible. For Outreachy, the application system is already open and will close March 30, 2017 (but you can edit and modify proposals submitted in agreement with your mentor until April 28th).
- Selection Period: After applying to participate, our mentors will chose the most promising candidates. Successful candidates will be announced on the following dates: April 28 (Outreachy), May 4 (GSoC).
- Internship Duration: May 30 to August 29 (GSoC) and August 30 (Outreachy).
For a list of projects for participants and more information on how to apply, check our Xen Project 2017 Summer Internship Portal. We have many different projects in many different areas: from Hypervisor work, projects in Mirage OS, to tools and test related tasks. Note that we will be adding extra projects to this page in the coming weeks and that applicants can suggest projects on their own.
You may also want to check out the pages of GSoC mentoring organisations which we collaborate with. Sometimes, you will find Xen related projects there: FreeBSD (currently 2 projects), QEMU, Libvirt.
Learn about the Experience of past Participants
At a past Xen Project Developer Summit, we ran a panel discussion that included Outreachy interns, GSoC students as well as mentors.
You may also want to read Women interns rocking open source at Xen Project.