March 9th, 2009 | Published in Google Student Blog
Interested in learning more about open source software development and methodologies? Looking for a way to get that experience while getting paid? Look no further!
Through the Google Summer of CodeTM program, we match college and university students with mentors from academia and industry to work on a three month coding project. You're welcome to propose a project that suits your specialized interests or to apply to work on a project proposed by one of our mentoring organizations. Successful student participants receive a $4500 stipend, an awesome t-shirt and valuable exposure to real world software development scenarios. You won't even need to leave home to work with a global community of members from more than 98 countries. Best of all, no previous experience with open source development is required, and there will be projects available across a wide variety of technical areas and skill levels.
We're currently accepting applications from open source projects who wish to act as mentoring organizations. We'll publish the list of accepted open source projects, along with their suggested project ideas, on Wednesday, March 18th. You'll have a few days to get to know your would-be mentors before student applications open on Monday, March 23rd. However, there's no reason to wait to get involved with the Google Summer of Code community; check out the webpages from past instances of the program, review what other students have done and decide what open source projects look interesting to you. While there are no guarantees, if an organization has participated in the past, chances are they'll return again this year provided they choose to apply.
Looking for more background? We have a wide variety of resources to help you get started. First, read our program Frequently Asked Questions for an overview of Google Summer of Code. We also have a community wiki that has some great advice for student applicants and more information to give you an idea of the mentor's perspective. You can also check out a variety of videos, including information about the program and screencasts made by past students, in our program YouTube channel. If you still have questions or want to jump in after taking a look at the documentation, you can always find us in the Google Summer of Code Discussion group or in #gsoc on Freenode. Best of luck to all of our applicants, and here's to our fifth Google Summer of Code!
Posted by: Leslie Hawthorn, Program Manager, Open Source