Outreachy/Round 12

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Wikimedia is a proud participant of Outreachy (was FOSS Outreach Program for Women until 2014), a program that runs two editions every year. In this program we connect people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software with possible projects and possible mentors in a three-month, full-time internship.

Learn more about our motivation and goals to run this program: FLOSS internship programs as catalysts for richer community collaboration.

This Wikimedia Engineering activity is part of Mentorship programs.

Timeline[edit]

May 23 to August 23, 2016. Check all the details about this round at the program page.

Candidates[edit]

If you want to be a candidate for this, you must read and follow Outreach programs/Life of a successful project#Coming up with a proposal.

Note: Outreachy expects its applications to fill out answers to all questions in its application template in their proposal. The applicant is expected to submit the completed project proposal to the Outreachy application system including a link to their public proposal in Wikimedia Phabricator.

In summary:

Find, or create, a Phabricator project task that interests you, and create a subtask of it that as your proposal task.

Repeating some of that here,

  • You should create an account on Phabricator using your wiki username (Create a wiki account if you don't have one)
  • find an interesting project task in phab:tag/possible-tech-projects (or elsewhere)
  • click 'Create Subtask' link to create a new Phabricator task for your proposal:
    • it will be "Blocked By" the task you are applying for
    • and will be associated with the project of the task you're applying for
    • title it "Outreachy proposal for project task", replacing project task with the name of the task you are applying for
    • add the project for the mentor program (#Outreachy-Round-11) and remove the project for the tech projects (#Possible-Tech-Projects)
    • use the Outreach programs/Application template to create a solid proposal task
  • Edit and improve your proposal task until the deadline. A well-structured proposal increases your chances of being accepted. Sample proposals (from our past rounds): T93106 and T76199.

To see candidates, view all tasks on the #Outreachy-Round-12 board; the names under "Proposal" tasks are the candidates.

See also:

Be part of something big[edit]

These are the people we develop for.

We believe that knowledge should be free for every human being. By working with us, you're contributing to one of the world's largest collaborative knowledge base. You will be adding value to the vast pool of knowledge that has been and will keep satisfying the everlasting curiosity of knowing more. You can be part of a team that solves challenges and scales features to a million users. From desktop to mobile to analytics to bots, it has something to offer for everyone.

We prioritize efforts that empower disadvantaged and underrepresented communities, and that help overcome barriers to participation. We believe in mass collaboration, diversity and consensus building to achieve our goals.

Wikipedia has become the fifth most-visited site in the world, used by more than 400 million people every month in more than 270 languages. Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata and Wiktionary are some of the other free content projects hosted by Wikimedia thanks to MediaWiki. There is also a wide collection of open source software projects around them.

Much more can be done: stabilize infrastructure, increase participation, improve quality, increase reach, encourage innovation.

Apply[edit]

Ready to start working on your upcoming internship project? Then it's time to read and follow Life of a successful project.

Project ideas[edit]

  • Look through the possible-tech-projects and outreach-programs-projects for project ideas
  • Post in the task comments, ask intelligent and explicit questions ("Could you tell me more about this?" is a bad example), do your research thoroughly, don't expect spoon-feeding. That's the recipe for a perfect intern!