Outreachy

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Mozilla has participated in the Outreachy program since January 2013. The goals of the program are to increase participation from under-represented groups in free and open source software. Participation is open:

  • internationally to all women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people
  • in the U.S. to all Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander people

We provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year and offer three month paid contribution opportunities twice a year.

Current Round

Round 17 is open now, with internships beginning in December 2018.

Intern Application Process

First, please review the Outreachy Eligibility and Application Information page to learn more about eligibility for Outreachy.

Steps for applicants to Mozilla:

  1. Confirm your eligibility on the outreachy site
  2. Set up IRC.
  3. Set up a Bugzilla account and a Mozillians profile. Please include your IRC nickname in both of these accounts so mentors can work with you more easily. For example, Eve Smith would set their Bugzilla name to "Eve Smith (:esmith)", where esmith is their IRC nick.
  4. Look at the Mozilla projects available on the Outreachy site, consider your options, and if you have questions chat with the project mentors on IRC. Of course, you are welcome to apply for non-Mozilla projects you find on the site as well!
  5. Begin by contributing to the project. Most projects will describe how to make your first contribution. As you make contributions, record them in the Outreachy site. Codetribute may help you find good tasks to work on. For many applicants, this is the most valuable part of the experience!
  6. Once you have made a few contributions, begin to write your application. Ask the mentors to review the application before you submit it.

Internship Expectations

You will be working full-time on your project for three months. You will meet with your mentor(s) frequently and participate in the open-source development process -- writing code, reviewing code, testing, and so on. You will be expected to write a blog entry each week.

Mentor / Project Applications

Mentors submit projects that they are willing to mentor. Here's what you need to know:

  • The intern will be working full-time, spending 40 hours a week on their project for three months. Participants will work remotely from home. Your project must be something your intern can do remotely and complete within those months. You will need to meet at least weekly with your intern, and be available for questions, code review, and so on throughout the internship.
  • You will be heavily involved in the selection process for your mentee which will involve interviewing, reviewing code check-ins / bug reports / trial work.
  • During the application process, applicants will be expected to make contributions, so make sure you have established a system for new contributors to get involved and have enough good starter tasks for them.
  • Speak with your manager to check it’s OK for you to submit a project proposal. Each participating hiring department will need to provide budget for the intern costs of a laptop and $6500.
  • To maximize the number of applicants to your project, submit it as early in the process as possible.
  • More FAQ's on the Outreachy Site

Help!

Got Questions? Ask:

Links

Past Outreachy/OPW Rounds