Imagine getting paid to do something you love. Imagine also getting valuable career experience, a mentor, and a valuable professional network–all before you’ve graduated from college. If you’re at least 18 and enrolled in an accredited pre-college or college, you could be flipping bits instead of burgers this summer while creating an amazing portfolio.
Google Summer of Code, which began in 2005, is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for open source projects. Since its start, the program has brought together nearly 5,500 successful student participants and over 3,000 mentors from over 100 countries worldwide.
Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants work with mentors and gain real-world software development experience and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic interests. In turn, the participating projects get a pool of new talent. Successful students have widely reported that their participation in Google Summer of Code made them more attractive to potential employers and has helped launch their technical careers. Best of all, the resulting open source code benefits everyone.
Put the spatula down and get cranking on the keyboard, the deadline to apply for Google Summer of Code is fast approaching.
Google Summer of Code Details
Application period: March 26, 2012 – April 6, 2012
Project begins: May 21, 2012
Project ends: August 31, 2012 (code submission to Google begins)