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OpenStack selected as mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2014

February 26th, 2014 — 12:51pm

OpenStack has been selected to be a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2014. Thanks to the hard work of many contributors we could join GSoC for the first time.

For those who haven’t heard about it, GSoC is a full-time internship supported by Google that offers students worldwide a stipend to start contributing with coding tasks to an open source organization. This is a great experience for both parts, as it generates a flow of new people with fresh ideas in the organization and allows students to learn and taste how is to work on a real world software development environment.

Even though we have already been selected for it, we are still looking for more project ideas and mentors.

Call for ideas

For this round many developers voluntarily offered to mentor a student in different projects, including OpenStack Scheduler (Gantt), OpenStack Monitoring and Telemetry (Ceilometer), OpenStack Message Queuing Service (Marconi), OpenStack Incubator (Oslo) and OpenStack Networking (Neutron), and proposed several ideas for students to take. Check out the wiki for a complete list of currently proposed ideas.

Is it not mandatory that students stick to these ideas, they can propose their own coding tasks. If you are willing to mentor a student and you have an idea to propose, please feel free to add it to the ideas list in the wiki.

Call for mentors

It’s not late to apply as a mentor! Mentoring is an enriching experience that won’t take you too much time. Learn more about how is to be a mentor in Google’s GSoC Mentoring manual. If you are interested in mentoring, please add your name to the mentors list in the wiki.

Call for students

Students applications start next March 10th and ends on March 21st. By that time, students have to get in touch with the community, select a project, submit a proposal (which may be based on a suggested idea or on a personal idea) and include all the neccesary documentation.

More details about how is to be a GSoC student are described in the Google’s GSoC Students manual.

Currently future applicants are adding their names and contact information in the wiki, so if you want to apply to be an student go ahead and add yourself to this list and get in touch with the community.

Join OpenStack GSoC on IRC

If you want more details about OpenStack’s participation in GSoC, please join us at irc.freenode.org in #openstack-gsoc. It would be great to hear from you!

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It’s Summer Internship Time in the Southern Hemisphere!

December 12th, 2013 — 9:09am

After a brisk walk in Austin Texas in mid-30 degree Fahrenheit weather, I welcome the idea that it’s summertime somewhere. Since it’s summertime in the southern hemisphere, we can now announce our next round of Outreach Program for Women internships!

I’m excited that we have four interns and four mentors this time around. Many thanks to HP, the OpenStack Foundation, and Rackspace for funding our four. HP also stepped in this round and made it possible for more of the nine participating organizations to select interns, including OpenStack. Plus, RedHat developers are mentoring our interns. I asked each intern, what do you see when you look above your screen?

Annapoornima Koppad is known as akoppad on IRC. She lives in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. She’ll be working on surfacing the instance actions in the OpenStack dashboard through the Horizon project with our second-time mentor, Julie Pichon. Anna says, “It’s a wintry December in Bangalore, India. There is a gloomy, cold, and yet pleasant atmosphere. There is a small window in front of me, and I think it’s most likely to rain after sometime. I see my neighbours are scurrying up to renovate their house. I sip up my warm tea, and I have some books on my right shelf.”

Sayali Lunkad will be working on adding sparklines to the Dashboard, mentored by Ladislav Smola. Sayali goes by sayalilunkad on IRC and is located in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Sayali says, “I read this mail just as I woke up. I am in my room from where I see the sun up in the sky and parrots and crows in my terrace garden which is connected to my room. It is a pleasant morning, hope everyone has a good day!”

In Dallas Texas we find Cindy Pallares-Quezada (cpallares on IRC) She’ll be working on the Queues API Spec for the Marconi project with Flavio Percoco. Cindy says, “As for what’s above my screen, I see my window. Outside my window there’s lots of leafless branches that belong to a big tree (I’m on the second floor of a two story building). The branches are all covered in melting ice. Past the trees there’s a street and a lawn that’s full of lots of fallen trees and is covered in yellow, orange, and green leaves.”

Miranda Zhang (MirandaZhang on IRC) is in Canberra, Australia and will work with Diane Fleming to enhance the API Complete Reference pages and create a comprehensive OpenStack API Guide. She was kind enough to send pictures of her workstation. Miranda says, “Unfortunately, I’m in a room with no window (otherwise I may be able to tell you about the cuddly rabbits running around the campus, it’s hot sunny summer in Australia now), and above the computer screen I’m looking at, there are just walls, so I look around my workstation, they say a picture is worth a thousand words:”

While the interns are super important, I have to emphasize how much we should appreciate the mentoring and project identification work that goes into this program. Our mentors are extremely valuable to OpenStack as are the ideas for 3-month projects. Thanks to everyone who worked together to get these ideas ready and thanks in advance to the mentors and interns who make this project so worthwhile.

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Lessons, Learning, and Long Views for Internship Programs

June 7th, 2013 — 1:13pm

In January 2013 the OpenStack project welcomed aboard three interns and excitedly assigned them to work on fairly complex projects in our first attempt at an organized project-level internship program. The OpenStack Foundation participated as one of the organizations with the GNOME Outreach Program for Women and learned quite a few lessons during the six months internship period.

By February, two of the interns had learned the tough lesson of what happens when coordinated work efforts move at a fast pace. For example, Laura Alves, an API documentation intern had a patch with a manually created WADL for the Networking project nearly completed. She started requesting reviews from the core developers. We soon discovered that the devs were working on an automated method for creating the WADL. It certainly took some quick communication and coordination to make sure her work wasn’t wasted. Her efforts certainly weren’t wasted but it also hasn’t landed quite yet either. Lesson learned: internship projects are difficult to scope and it’s nearly impossible to set aside tasks in a reserve area just for interns.

Still more lessons learned were that the timing of code freeze dates landing prior to the internship’s completion made for a steep on ramp for new interns with early deadlines. We also found that interns can contribute so much right away with their fresh perspective — and they created such valuable blog entries for newcomers, like Logging and debugging in OpenStack by Victoria Martínez de la Cruz,  so they’ll be helping more newcomers for months.  We pulled all our lessons learned together for a “What Everyone Should Know About OpenStack Internships” panel session at the Summit in Portland.

One of the takeaways from the Summit was to learn more about mentoring from Katy Dickinson, and the blog at MentorCloud where she is Vice President has been very valuable to learn from as we continue to shape our plans for interns wanting to learn and contribute to OpenStack. Katy attended our brainstorming session at the Summit and gave us very useful suggestions. We surveyed outgoing interns and are working on a plan to coordinate early and often to identify and promote natural mentors in the OpenStack community.

The more you look for internships and mentors in OpenStack, the more you’ll find. Cisco has interns working on OpenStack projects each summer. One OpenStack intern, Emilien Macchi, at StackOps went on to do a graduate part-time internship at eNovance. Rackspace has interns working on multiple OpenStack projects.

The Foundation is continuing the involvement in the Outreach Program for Women also in the northern hemisphere’s summer edition: Terri Yu started working on the Ceilometer project with Juilan Danjou at the end of May: be sure to welcome her! Look for more opportunities to connect the dots with interns and mentors in the coming months. If you have funds for travel so interns and mentors can meet each other in person, let Stefano Maffuli know. If you have a great intern story to tell, please let us all know.

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