Please help us spread the word about the Outreach Program for Women December 2014 - March 2015 internships by sending the information to the university departments in Southern Hemisphere, Free and Open Source Software groups, posting the flyer on university campuses or handing it out at conferences, as well as posting the information on the social networks or encouraging people personally to apply. Please update this section with the information on where you promoted or are planning to promote the program, so that we know which universities, organizations, or conferences are covered.

Text for an E-mail with Information about the Program

Feel free to post a translation here if you come up with one. When appropriate, you can optionally attach the relevant flyers and ask for them to be posted on campus or distributed at events.

Subject: Free and Open Source Software internships for women

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is software that gives the user the freedom to use, copy, study, change, and improve it. FOSS contributors believe that this is the best way to develop software because it benefits society, creates a fun collaborative community around a project, and allows anyone to make innovative changes that reach many people. 

In an effort to improve the gender diversity in FOSS, a number of organizations are offering Outreach Program for Women internships through a program organized by the GNOME Foundation. These internships are open to women (cis and trans) and genderqueer, who are available for full-time, 40-hours a week, internships. The application deadline is October 22, 2014 and the program dates are December 9, 2014 to March 9, 2015. College women from the Southern Hemisphere who will have a school summer break during most of this time are particularly encouraged to apply.

Participants will work remotely from home, while getting guidance from an assigned mentor and collaborating within their project’s team and the rest of the FOSS community. The stipend for the program is $5,500 (USD). Available projects include software development, system administration, web development, user experience design, graphic design, documentation, and marketing. The applicants need to get in touch with individual projects they are interested in working on and make a small contribution ahead of the application deadline. Some of the participating organizations are:

 * GNOME - GNU/Linux-based desktop environment and applications
 * Linux Kernel - the most basic layer of the GNU/Linux operating system
 * OpenStack - cloud deployment and management software
 * Open Source Robotics Foundation - robotics software
 * Wikimedia - wiki software and infrastructure for Wikipedia and related projects

The mentorship opportunities are also available throughout the year for anyone interested in getting started contributing to FOSS outside of the internship program.

Please visit to learn more and apply. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this message to interested university and community groups.

Sample Dent / Tweet

Vary this up by including any of the following organizations: Evergreen (@EvergreenILS), FFmpeg (@FFmpeg), Foreman, GNOME (@gnome), Linux kernel (@linuxfoundation kernel), Mesos (@ApacheMesos), Open Source Robotics Foundation (@OSRFoundation), OpenStack (@OpenStack), oVirt (@oVirt), Perl (@perlfoundation), Wikimedia (@Wikimedia), X.Org (@XOrgFoundation), Xen Project (@XenHypervisor)

FOSS internships for women (cis&trans), genderqueer Dec-Mar w/GNOME OpenStack Wikimedia more Apply by Oct 22 @fossopw

or, if contacting a group

@DearGroup Please RT @fossopw offers Free & Open Source Software internships for women (cis&trans), genderqueer

Sample Google+ / Facebook Update

No need to be so cryptic with this one!

Evergreen, FFmpeg, Foreman, GNOME, Linux kernel, Mesos, Open Source Robotics Foundation, OpenStack, oVirt, Perl, Wikimedia, X.Org, Xen Project are offering remote internships for women (cis and trans) and genderqueer as part of the Outreach Program for Women in Free and Open Source Software. Coding, design, documentation, and marketing projects are available. Internship dates are December 9 to March 9. Learn more and apply by October 22. Please re-post to help spread the word!


FOSS Outreach Program for Women Poster

Please print out or attach the PDF version that is right for the paper format used at your locale. The flyer is CC-BY-SA - artists: Máirín Duffy, Liansu Yu, Hylke Bons


See the logos on the main spread the word page.

Presentation Materials

See the presentation materials on the main spread the word page.

Covered Universities, Organizations, Conferences

Please add the online and physical spaces where you promoted the program here.


Software Freedom Day - Boston in Boston, MA, USA - September 20 Marina Zhurakhinskaya


Universidade Federal de Pelotas Computer Science campus in Pelotas, RS, Brazil - E-mail and flyer posted by Felipe Borges

Universitat de Girona, facebook page. Carlos Soriano

OutreachProgramForWomen/2014/DecemberMarch/SpreadTheWord (last edited 2015-03-06 18:56:48 by MarinaZ)