The Outreach Program for Women (OPW) helps women (cis and trans) and genderqueer get involved in free and open source software. We provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year and offer focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations.


Application process is now open for the new round of the Outreach Program for Women internships. The application deadline for the majority of the participating organizations was March 19, 2014, but some organizations are accepting applications through March 31. Internship dates are May 19 to August 18. Coding, design, documentation and other projects are available. The applicants are asked to select a project with one of the participating organizations and collaborate with a mentor listed for that project to make a relevant contribution to the project during the application process. Detailed information about the background for the program, requirements for participants, how to select a project, and how to make a contribution is available.

Applicants who are students interested in coding projects are encouraged to apply for Google Summer of Code as well. The administrators of both programs will coordinate to accept the top applicants for one of the programs.

In both programs, the accepted participants work remotely, while being guided by their mentor, and receive $5,500 stipend. It's expected that the participants are able to have the internship work be a primary focus during the internship dates and spend 40 hours a week on it.

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Congratulations to the 30 interns who participated in the December 2013 - March 2014 round of the Outreach Program for Women!

Find out who participated in this round!


The Outreach Program for Women is organized by the GNOME Foundation. The internships in the December 2013 - March 2014 are generously sponsored by the following organizations and companies:


Wikimedia Foundation


Google Hewlett-Packard Intel
Mozilla Open Source Robotics Foundation


Cloudera Debian GNOME Foundation Linaro
OpenStack Foundation Rackspace Red Hat
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Red Hat supports the Outreach Program for Women by contributing its employee time towards the organization of the program.

Red Hat

Ropes & Gray helps the Outreach Program for Women by kindly providing pro bono legal assistance for the program.

Ropes & Gray


The Outreach Program for Women (OPW) was inspired by Google's Summer of Code and by how few women applied for it. The GNOME Foundation first started the OPW with one round in 2006, and then resumed the effort in 2010 with rounds organized twice a year. In the May-August 2012 round, the Software Freedom Conservancy joined the OPW with one internship with the Twisted project. In the January-April 2013 round, many other free and open source organizations joined the program.

This program is a welcoming link that connects talented and passionate newcomers with people working in free and open source software and guides them through their first contribution. Through OPW, participants learn how exciting and valuable work on software freedom can be, while helping us to build a more inclusive community.

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