Google is now accepting applications for Summer of Code 2012, an international program that offers post-secondary school students ages 18 and up a chance to write code for various open source software projects. Google has funded a selection of open source, free software, and technology-related groups in which students are matched up to participate in a summer of coding.
The three month internship, which is entirely run online, offers a stipend and mentors in the field to potentially assist with future job opportunities. The program was incepted in 2005, and has since brought together over 6,000 students and 3,000 mentors from over 100 countries. The goal of Summer of Code is to ultimately give students invaluable experience and exposure to real-world software development scenarios.
Currently, 180 mentoring organizations are participating in Summer of Code 2012 including abiword, Joomla, Mozilla, and Twitter. Students will be able to contribute to active free/open source software projects for these organizations. It’s a win-win situation for the mentoring organization, which looks more attractive to potential employees by participating in the program, and students, who gain real world experience to beef up their résumés.
Applications for Summer of Code are due April 6, 2012. To apply, students must submit a proposal to work on the project of their choice. Google will announce the students accepted into the program on the Summer of Code website on April 23. Google is expecting to grant over 1,000 proposals.
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