Convener and notetaker: Kelley N.
What is the Gnome Outreach Program for Women (OPW)?
ÂÂ Â Â Grew out of the Google Summer of Code
ÂÂ Â Â Three month internships for women and transpeople
ÂÂ Â Â Rounds in summer and winter
ÂÂ Â Â Internships for both coders and non-coders (e.g. one intern is an artist creating Fedora Badges images https://badges.fedoraproject.org/)
ÂÂ Â Â US $5k stipend, plus US $500 travel allowance to speak at a conference on behalf of the program
ÂÂ Â Â Work remotely, on your own schedule (expected to put in 40 hours per week)
ÂÂ Â Â Apply to a participating organizations, and to specific projects within that organization (can apply for as many as you like) Past organizations include Debian, Wikimedia, Mozilla, Xen, Linux Kernel, OpenStack…
ÂÂ Â Â Apply by returning the completed application and contributing to the project (project mentors will have suggested entry level contributions available)
ÂÂ Â Â Be paired with a mentorÂeach project has its mentor(s)
ÂÂ Â Â Blog about your experience at least once weekly
ÂÂ Â Â couldn’t stand my job anymore
ÂÂ Â Â had heard about OPW in the summer, but confused it with SOC
ÂÂ Â Â former intern helped teach a Codechix workshop
ÂÂ Â Â at the GHC, which arose out of another Codechix opportunity, met one of the OPW admins f2f and asked questions
ÂÂ Â Â went in expecting to fill out the application and hack for an afternoon or two
ÂÂ Â Â started with easy patches changing comment formats (from // to /*…*/)
ÂÂ Â Â watched talented coders from all over the world glut the mailing list with patches and fiercely compete
ÂÂ Â Â was challenged to submit more and better patches, but tried not to focus on other applicants
ÂÂ Â Â during the application period, projects were added and removedÂmy original first choice was removed
ÂÂ Â Â dragged myself away from the kernel to apply to a 2nd organization
ÂÂ Â Â wasted a week trying to start with Debian, was not even remotely prepared
ÂÂ Â Â took a second look at the available projects and learned about Xen
ÂÂ Â Â worked on Xen and my application until the very last minute
ÂÂ Â Â ended up having 34 kernel patches (and 4 for Xen) accepted into the code base
ÂÂ Â Â 18 qualified applicants competed for 4 kernel positions
ÂÂ Â Â notified by email before the official announcement because I had to choose between the kernel and Xen
How we were judged: increasing skills over time, can follow directions and incorporate feedback, can make the commitment (ex. No competing responsibilities during the internship period), in a workable time zone to interact with mentors. Also: should be a relative newcomer to FOSS. One applicant was advised that she probably wouldn’t be selected because she had worked professionally with Linux for some time.
What the internship has been like so far
ÂÂ Â Â My mentor (male) has been incredibly patient and supportive
ÂÂ Â Â Project is incredibly intense and challenging
ÂÂ Â Â Communicate with mentor via IRC (main channel), Pastebin, and occasionally email (e.g. when I send him a patch)
ÂÂ Â Â One of the Xen mentors met with me personally when he was in town, even though I didn’t choose that project
ÂÂ Â Â Read all the resources and make decisions before the application period opens, BUT keep checking back all through the application period, and keep your decisions and goals flexible.
ÂÂ Â Â Apply to at least two organizations. (Advice forwarded by Anita Kuno.)
ÂÂ Â Â Be willing to put in a lot of time and effort all the way through the application period.
ÂÂ Â Â Reach out to members of the team, including admins, mentors, and former interns. Stay in touch. Ask lots of questions.
ÂÂ Â Â Be clear on your skills and goals before the application program begins. You will draw heavily on your existing skills to apply.
ÂÂ Â Â Get your personal infrastructure set up as much as you can before the application period opens. Create your personal workspace (if you don’t already have one), install and test your software tools, set up your blog, etc.
ÂÂ Â Â OPW main page: https://wiki.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen
ÂÂ Â Â Kernel Newbies OPW Intro: http://kernelnewbies.org/OPWIntro
ÂÂ Â Â Suggestions for GNOME OPW Applicants (from a former intern): http://anteaya.info/blog/2013/03/29/suggestions-for-gnome-opw-applicants/
ÂÂ Â Â Women in Free Software Planet: http://planeteria.org/wfs/
ÂÂ Â Â This document can be found at my blog: http://salticidoftheearth.com/2014/01/25/getting-an-opw-internship-shes-geeky/