Applying for Outreachy
Today starts my Outreachy internship with Mozilla! This will be the first line in my web developer resume. This program is such a great opportunity to get your foot in the IT door and to get some experience in the open source software world! I will not go into much detail about the program (you can find that on the official Wiki page), and proceed straight to my experience with the Outreachy application process, and maybe try to give some advice.
As you can guess, I highly recommend applying for programs like Outreachy and Google Summer of Code. Even if you don’t get in, the application process alone can enrich you in many ways! And by “don’t get in”, I mean “don’t get in on the first try” ;) For all those who want to take the most out of the application process, I have this advice:
- Before even starting to look at the organizations and their projects, decide what is it you want to learn and do. Don’t just think about it — write it down.
- The earlier you start, the better. If the application period hasn’t started yet, use this excellent opportunity to explore the companies that have participated in the previous rounds.
- Again — don’t wait for the application process to start, and set up the development environment if you haven’t already done so. Believe it or not, this process always has some trouble ready for you, and sometimes, you can spend days (especially if you’re running Windows). If you’ve already fancied an organization or two, go ahead and read their documentation for new contributors.
- Don’t scatter your efforts. Concentrate on one or, better yet, two projects.
- Remember that good communication is vitally important.
- Obviously, if you want to learn a lot (and get into the program), one contribution will not suffice. Also, the amount of things you learn is the function of how willing you are to take a challenge.
If you’ve reached this point and found this article useful — please feel free to tell me about your plans and experience with Outreachy or similar programs! Do you plan to apply? Have you already done your internship? How did it go? Have you learned a lot? I’d be very excited to meet my readers (if there are any)!