Brief: Looking for an internship in open source projects? Here we list the best open source internships with all the relevant information.

Are you a college student looking to learn programming as well as help Open Source projects? Good thing is that there are several organizations that offer internships to students to work on open source projects.

I am going to list some of the popular open source internships here, both paid and unpaid.

Best open source internships for college students

Best Open Source internships

I have listed the most useful information as possible but it is always a good idea to check the project website. Do note that this is not a ranking of internships. It’s just a list with no specific order. Number 1 is not ‘better’ than number 11.

1. Snowplow

Snowplow – Data Analytics company using a variety of languages and foss products/projects.

The internships run twice a year.

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Snowplow Details
Eligibility Criteria None
Internship period (May through August), for a 6-8 week paid internship
Application deadline
Stipend Case by Case basis.
Location Remote

2. FSF

FSF – The oldest, mother of all organizations which started the free software movement. The Internship program runs thrice a year.

FSF Details
Eligibility Criteria None
Internship period 3 months ( September 11th to December 8th, 2017)
Application deadline July 31, 2017
Stipend Unpaid
Location Boston, U.S. or Remote

3. X.org

X.org – Project which develops, maintains, supports the free software stack for accelerated graphics for all graphics hardware.

X.org Details
Eligibility Criteria None
Internship period 4 months nearly full-time work
Application deadline Throughout the year
Stipend $5000 in stages
Location Remote

4. RGSOC

RGSOC – Project to entice/enhance women participation in Rust, Clojure, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails, Rails web framework etc.

RGSOC Details
Eligibility Criteria For Girls only.
Internship period 3 months (from 1st July to 30th September)
Application deadline Usually February
Stipend Case by Case basis
Location Remote

5. SOCIS

SOCIS ESA – A pan-European organization working on exploration of space, human spaceflight etc.

SOCIS Details
Eligibility Criteria Students from the European Union
Internship period 3 months (from 1st July to 30th September)
Application deadline Usually May
Stipend depends on each mentoring organization, see below for more details
Location Remote

6. DataONE

DataONE – A project to collect, understand earth observational data using a variety of sensors, testing and making cohesive sense out of the data collected.

DataONE Details
Eligibility Criteria None.
Internship period 3 months (from 1st July to 30th September)
Application Period Usally February
Stipend $5000
Location United States

7. OpenDaylight

OpenDaylight – KERNEL Project which works to use and promote software-defined networking and network functions visualization.

Opendaylight Details
Eligibility Criteria None.
Internship period 3 months (from May 30th to August 29th)
Application Period Deadline Usually January
Stipend $5000
Location Remote

8. OWASP

OWASP – An organization dealing with various facets of web application security.

Openwasp Details
Eligibility Criteria None.
Internship period 3 months (from July 3, 2017 – September 6, 2017)
Application Period Deadline Usually June
Stipend $1500
Location N/A

9. ICKERNEL

ICKERNEL – An autonomous organization set up by Government of Kerala for development and promotion of KERNEL in India.

ICKERNEL Details
Eligibility Criteria None.
Internship period 1.5 months
Application Period Deadline Usually August
Stipend Unpaid
Location Remote

10. ICKERNEL Fellowship

ICKERNEL – An autonomous organization set up by Government of Kerala for development and promotion of KERNEL in India.

KERNEL Innovation Fellowship Programme Details
Eligibility Criteria Age should not exceed 30.
Internship period 3 months (from 1st April to July 30th)
Application Period Deadline Usually April
Stipend INR Rs. 20k per month
Location Kerala, India

11. KERNELEE Internships

KERNELEE – An organization targeted towards development, maintenance and promotion of various KERNEL projects based in the famous IIT-Mumbai.

Fossee Internships Details
Eligibility Criteria Depends on project
Internship period 2 months
Application Period Deadline Usually February
Stipend Unpaid.
Location Mumbai, India

12. The Center for Internet and Society

CIS – A Bangalore-based organization based organization looking at multidisciplinary research and advocacy at various levels.

The Center for Internet and Society Details
Eligibility Criteria Diverse Educational backgrounds but need to know LibreOffice
Internship period
Application Period Deadline Throughout the year
Stipend Unpaid
Location Depends, some remote, some Bengaluru, India and New Delhi, India

13. OPNFV

OPNFV – An organization dedicated to network functions virtualization

OPNFV Details
Eligibility Criteria None.
Internship period 3 months full-time or 6 months part-time
Application Period Deadline Around the year
Stipend $5500 in stages
Location Remote

14. Outreachy

Outreachy -Outreachy started in 2006, wrapped up and started up again in 2010. I did share an interview with Maria Glukova which shared her experience. Twice a year it runs and has in excess of 30+ interns per year from 20+ projects including Debian, Redhat, OpenStack and many others.

Outreachy Details
Eligibility Criteria Women, trans and cisgendered women
Internship period 3 months
Application Period Deadline Usually in October
Stipend $5500
Location Remote

15. Deeproot

Deeproot started in 2000. Their main product is deepOfix Mail Server and is based on Debian.

Deeproot Details
Eligibility Criteria A desire to work hard on solving a practical problem using Free Software
Internship period 3 months – 10 months
Application Period Deadline All round the year
Stipend Unpaid
Location Bangalore/Remote

16. Google Summer of Code

GSoC -Google Summer of Code, the one which started it all.This time it got the highest number of students from India, in excess of 228+ students from India according to GSoC’s own stats.

The idea of giving those other GSoC programs is that almost all of the above projects were at one time or the other part of the GSoC program. GSoC is limited in the sense the program can run only from May to September while some want a whole-year around GSoC program and any limitations that Google has.

GSoC Details
Eligibility Criteria None.
Internship period 3 months
Application Period Deadline Usually in April
Stipend Depends on where you live, from $2400 to $6000
Location Remote

I hope this article helped you in finding an Open Source internship. If you have some other open source internships to add to this list or add some details to the existing list, thanks to let me know in the comment section below.

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