Outreachy is a paid, remote internship program. Outreachy's goal is to support people from groups underrepresented in tech. They help newcomers to free software and open-source make their first contributions.

Outreachy provides internships to work open source. People apply from all around the world. Interns work remotely and are not required to move. Interns are paid a stipend of $5,500 USD for the three-month internship. Interns have a $500 USD travel stipend to attend conferences or events.

Interns work with experienced mentors from open source communities. Outreachy internship projects may include programming, user experience, documentation, illustration, graphical design, or data science. Interns often find employment after their internship with Outreachy sponsors or in jobs that use the skills they learned during their internship.

Outreachy expressly invites applicants who are women (both cis and trans), trans men, non-binary people, and genderqueer people to apply.

They also expressly invite applications who are residents and nationals of the United States of America of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin, Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.

Outreachy Eligibility Rules ✔️

NOTE: These eligibility rules are exactly the same and have been taken from the Outreachy official website

These eligibility rules apply to December 2020 to March 2021 Outreachy internships round. Dates may change for future rounds.

Outreachy is open to applicants around the world. You will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are or will be 18 years of age or older by Dec. 1, 2020

  • You are available for a full-time, 40 hours a week internship from Dec. 1, 2020, to March 2, 2021.

  • You were not an intern with Outreachy, the Outreach Program for Women, or Google Summer of Code. People who were a Google Summer of Code intern are not eligible for Outreachy. All Google Summer of Code interns are ineligible for Outreachy, including people who did not successfully finish their GSoC internship. If you apply to Outreachy and you are not accepted as an intern, you may apply again.

  • Applicants who have part-time or contracting jobs are welcome to apply. People who are willing to quit their full-time job are welcome to apply. If you cannot quit your full-time job, you are not eligible for Outreachy. People who are taking a leave of absence from a full-time job are not eligible for Outreachy.

  • Outreachy is open to both university students and people who are not university students. University students must have 42 consecutive days free from school and exams during the internship period. Students must apply to the correct internship round (see rules below).

Outreachy internships run twice a year, May to August and December to March. We have some rules around which internship round you can apply to:

  • If you are not a university student, you may apply to either internship round.

  • If you are a student of a university in the Northern Hemisphere, you will only be eligible for the May to August round. Students in India are considered to be in the northern hemisphere, regardless of where their university is located.

  • If you are a student of a university in the Southern Hemisphere, you will only be eligible for the December to March round.

  • Otherwise, if your university is near the equator, you may apply to any round. We will review university term schedules on a case-by-case basis.

  • If you are completing your last term for your degree, you may be eligible for either round, regardless of what hemisphere you are in.

Outreachy Annual Schedule 📆

Outreachy internships run twice a year. Here is our general schedule for each year:

Round Dates

Mid-Year Internships

End-Year Internships

Initial application opens

late January

late Agust

Initial applications due

end of February

end of September

Contribution period opens



Final application and contributions due



Interns announced



Internships start



Internships end




For Outreachy Interns 👨‍🎓

  • Interns are expected to work 40 hours a week for at least 12 weeks of the 13-week internship.

  • Getting familiar with the community by introducing yourself on the mailing list and observing the community interactions.

  • Make prior contributions towards the CHAOSS community.

  • Setup the development environment on your local and understand the project outcome and expectations fairly on which you want to work .

  • Set up milestones for your project and discuss with the CHAOSS mentors and community members

  • Attend weekly CHAOSS meetings and jump into discussions.

  • Honest, committed, and responsive while preparing for the Outreachy application or working with the CHAOSS community.

For Outreachy Mentors 👨‍💻

  • Outreachy mentors should be able to provide a project for the intern to work on.

  • Review student proposals and work with other mentors and organization admins to select the best candidates for CHAOSS.

  • Required to commit 5 hours per week towards the intern - including answering questions, reviewing contributions, and meeting with interns.

  • A real-time meeting at least once a week - either through real-time chat, video conference, or phone.

  • Detailed and timely review of contributions - if a mentor is unable to provide contribution review, they are responsible for finding community members who can.

  • Guidance to interns about time management.

  • Holds fair knowledge of the project you are mentoring.

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