Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved. 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.

Currently, internships are open internationally to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Additionally, they are open to residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. We are planning to expand the program to more participants from underrepresented backgrounds in the future.

Free and open source software organizations and supporting companies are invited to express interest in offering internships or sponsoring the program in the next round by the end of August. Applications for the next round, which will have internship dates from early December to early March, will open in September and the deadline for applying will be in October.


Congratulations to 39 interns accepted for May - August 2017 round of Outreachy! Congratulations to 4 interns, who applied for both Outreachy and Google Summer of Code, and after coordination between administrators of both programs, were accepted for Google Summer of Code!

Find out who is participating in this round!
  • Laura Barluzzi
  • Ceph
  • Joannah Nanjekye
  • Debian
  • Nadiya Sitdykova
  • Foteini Tsiami
  • Fedora
  • Angela Pagan
  • Caleigh Runge-Hottman
  • Lucie Charvat (GSoC)
  • Ekta Nandwani (GSoC)
  • Paxana Amanda Xander
  • Lagom
  • Yuliana Apaza
  • Ruchika Lakhina
  • Linux kernel
  • Sayli Karnik
  • Varsha Rao
  • Gargi Sharma
  • Narcisa Vasile
  • Mozilla
  • Carol Chung
  • Bianca Danforth
  • Prathiksha G
  • Niharika Khanna
  • Gauri P Kholkar
  • Maggie M
  • Milica Mihajlija
  • Kimberly Pennington
  • Beatriz Rizental Machado
  • Princiya Marina Sequeira
  • Mary Umoh
  • Kate Ustiuzhanina
  • Princi Vershwal
  • OpenAustralia
  • Hisayo Horie
  • OpenStack
  • Leticia Farias Wanderley
  • Samriddhi Jain
  • Iwona Kotlarska
  • oVirt
  • Anastasia Antsiferova
  • Leni Kadali
  • Valentina Makarova (GSoC)
  • QEMU
  • Ishani Chugh
  • Sugar Labs
  • Prachi Agrawal
  • Tayba Wasim (GSoC)
  • Wikimedia
  • Medha Bansal
  • Sonali Gupta
  • Ela Opper
  • Wine
  • Rosanne DiMesio
  • Yocto Project
  • Diana Thayer
  • Find out more about these participants!


    Outreachy is a project of Software Freedom Conservancy. The internships in the May - August 2017 round are generously sponsored by the following organizations and companies:

    Ceiling Smasher



    Red Hat


    Bloomberg Google Intel
    linux.conf.au Wikimedia Foundation


    Cadasta Codethink CodeWeavers Collabora
    Debian DigitalOcean GNOME Foundation Goldman Sachs
    Igalia Lightbend Linux Australia Linux Foundation
    OpenStack Foundation Shopify Sugar Labs Yocto Project
    Become a sponsor!


    Software Freedom Conservancy provides organizational home for Outreachy.

    Software Freedom Conservancy

    GNOME Foundation provides infrastructure support for Outreachy.

    GNOME Foundation

    Red Hat supports Outreachy by contributing its employee time towards the organization of the program.

    Red Hat


    The next round of Outreachy internships will have an application deadline in October, and internship dates from early December to early March. Coding, design, documentation and other projects will be available. The applicants will be 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. The organizations that will participate in the next round will be announced in September, but starting to contribute to one of the organizations that participated in the past will help prepare to apply for an internship with any organization. Many of the mentors participating in the program are happy to offer informal mentorship any time throughout the year, however you need to review the information for the organization you are interested in to see if it has mentors available. Detailed information about the background for the program, requirements for participants, how to select a project, and how to make a contribution is available.

    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.

    Learn more!


    Outreachy is the successor of the Outreach Program for Women (OPW). OPW was inspired by Google Summer of Code and by how few women applied for it. The GNOME Foundation first started OPW with one round in 2006, and then resumed the effort in 2010 with rounds organized twice a year. In the May 2012 round, Software Freedom Conservancy joined OPW with one internship with the Twisted project. In the January 2013 round, many other free and open source organizations joined the program. For the May 2015 round, the program was renamed to Outreachy with the goal of expanding to engage people from various underrepresented groups and was moved to Software Freedom Conservancy as its organizational home. In the December 2015 round, the program opened to people of color from groups underrepresented in technology in the United States, in addition to being open to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people internationally.

    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 Outreachy, 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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