This page contains information about GNOME's participation in Outreachy, including various resources for newcomers. Please head to the Outreachy main page to learn about the program, how to apply, and what projects GNOME has available this round.

For Participants


GNOME is an innovative free software desktop that is distributed with many operating systems. It is design-driven and easy to use. GNOME has an exciting and motivated community of people working on projects they feel passionate about and a wide community of users. You can learn more about the latest going-ons in GNOME by reading Planet GNOME blog aggregator and GNOME news.

People involved with GNOME do various things for the project: software development, system administration, user interface design, graphic design, documentation, community management, marketing, identifying issues and reporting bugs, helping users, event organization, and translations. Many people work on the project as a hobby in their spare time and some are employed by companies, such as Canonical, Collabora, Endless, Google, Igalia, SUSE, and Red Hat.

Newcomers is the main initiative in GNOME that provides information and support for anyone wanting to become a GNOME contributor. You should go through it's Newcomers Guide to get hands-on experience with how to contribute to GNOME. It has a recently-updated list of newcomer-friendly coding projects and mentors for them and an older list of mentors, which includes mentors for non-coding projects too. You can get in touch with these mentors any time throughout the year for informal help getting started.

Contact Information

If you have GNOME-specific questions at any point during the application process, you are welcome to email them to or ask them on the #newcomers or #gnome-hackers IRC channels on . It's easy to connect to IRC, and you can learn all about the use of IRC in GNOME and the different applications you can use to connect. The information about project-specific IRC channels and mentors' IRC nicks and e-mails is available in the newcomer-friendly coding projects and all projects with mentors lists.

Choose a Project

Take a look at the project ideas for this round. Please complete Outreachy's eligibility check, and after that you will be able to see the information on how to contact the mentors. Contact them with any questions, and, once you decide which project you are most interested in working on, make the required small contribution to it with the help of a mentor. Continue contributing to the project and following up on all feedback you get throughout the application period and beyond to demonstrate that you have skills and ability to learn needed to work on the project.

The following things can help you decide what project to choose:

  • Read the project's wiki page on the GNOME wiki

  • Lurk on the project's IRC channel

  • Especially if you are applying for a software development internship, build the code for the project and run it to check out its latest capabilities (the wiki usually has the instructions for doing this, but don't hesitate twice to ask the project's mentor or people on IRC for help if you encounter any problems)
  • Look at the open bugs for the project in the GNOME Bugzilla

  • Look at the recent changes in the project's Git repository

  • Read the recent discussion on the project's mailing list

  • Read the blogs of the project's mentor and other project contributors (you can learn who they are when looking at the Git repository)
  • Introduce yourself to the project's mentor and discuss what your tasks during the internship program would be

Outreachy is designed for people to be applying for projects proposed up-front by mentors because it's aimed at people new to free software community who don't necessarily have an idea of what project they want to work on. However, if you had already contributed to GNOME prior to the Outreachy application process or you have expertise specific to a particular type of a project, you can try to find a mentor for the project you have in mind. First, please complete Outreachy's eligibility check to make sure you are eligible for the upcoming round. If you are, feel free to reach out to for help finding a mentor or to a specific person who might be a good mentor for a project you have in mind. Please note that only project ideas added by mentors on the Outreachy website by October 10 and approved by GNOME coordinators by October 16 will be available as projects for Outreachy in the December 2018 - March 2019 round.

For Mentors

Here is how you can be involved:

For Organizations and Companies

Please see the information for organizations and companies on the main Outreachy page. We would love to have more organizations join the program and more companies sponsor internships with GNOME and other organizations.

Please feel free to contact Meg Ford, Karen Sandler, and Marina Zhurakhinskaya with any questions.

Previous Rounds

You can find the information about the previous rounds, including accepted participants and projects offered on the following pages:


This program and all offers related to it are void where prohibited or restricted by law or where operation of the program would violate any law or right. All participants in the program must agree to the terms and conditions of the program which will be provided to the selected applicants and mentors.

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