Hey Ladies! There is a new round of the Outreach Program for Women

Hey ladies! There is a new round of the Outreach Program for Women

The free software world is once again revolutionized because of the GNOME’s Outreach Program for Women. Many women from different parts of the world are making their first contributions, sending their application letters and crossing their fingers to be the future interns in one of the various free software organizations involved in this new edition. OpenStack is one of them, and have fun ideas for all who want to join our community.

Would you like to participate? Contact me!

Lightning questions and answers

Who can participate?

Women or people who identify as such of any age and from anywhere in the world.

Do I need to know how to code?

No! It’s not necessary. In this internships you can contribute in different ways: systems management, user interface design, graphic design, documentation, community management, marketing, translation … and of course, software development.

Which are these organizations you mentioned?

NESCent (National Evolutionary Synthesis Center), Open Technology Institute, OpenStack, WordPress, Wikimedia, Yocto, Debian, GNOME, Joomla, KDE, MediaGoblin, Mozilla, OpenMRS, Perl, Tor, Twisted y Wikia.

At this point I recommend considering NESCent, OpenStack, WordPress, Wikimedia and Yocto first.

How much time do I have to apply and when the internships begin?

Start as soon as possible! We’re near of the deadline, which is on 01-05-2013 – in 4 days! -, the internships begin on June 17th and end on September 23rd.

I know it’s short notice, but don’t miss the opportunity. I can help you!

What benefits do I have?

Well, the most important thing is that you will be able to work in very large organizations with people around the world. You’ll learn with the best and most experienced in their area, and you’ll be able to grow along them.

In addition, you will feel how fun and exciting is to work on free software projects.

I really can’t describe in words that last thing, so I suggest you watch this Wikimedia video which somehow sums up my feelings.

Finally, you will also receive a stipend that will help you to dedicate yourself completely to this experience.

What is expected of the interns?

Internships are full-effort, generally eight hours from Monday through Friday or as the mentor suggests.

You should choose a project, usually suggested by the mentor, in which to work during your internship. Plus you’ll be doing other less demanding tasks in parallel.

You should also write your experiences, tips and ideas in a blog.

How can I apply?

You have to make a small contribution to the organization you have chosen and send a letter of application by May 1. More details on the OPW official website.

Tips and tricks from a previous intern

This was the main goal of my post! To avoid making you waste more time, I made a list of what I consider to be the most important:

  • There are more people in the community apart from your mentor, don’t be afraid to chat with other people and ask for help in the community. Consider that many of those who are there have also another job, so they may not have time to answer – but they will answer! -.
  • Nobody knows everything and you have to start somewhere. If you are frustrated, let your mentor know about this. Seize the time, read, learn, and if you feel that one day wasn’t good enough, the next day will be better for sure.
  • Organize your tasks. What seems impossible to finish becomes more manageable if you face it from different angles and in a smaller pieces.
  • Socialize with other interns and mentors. Probably you will discover a great person – as I did :) -.
  • Enjoy! Have fun at work, and at the end of the day take a moment to see how much you have progressed.

I’m probably forgetting many details, so feel free to contact me and ask me for more details of this internship, help for your application or technical support. Whatever you need! And finally, again, be encouraged to be a part of this amazing experience.

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