Best Open Source Programs, Internships and Fellowships

4 min readJan 27, 2022


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Looking for an internship in open source projects? Here is a list of some of the best open source internships and fellowships with a brief description and relevant information that you need to know.

  1. Google Summer of Code is a global, online program focused on bringing new contributors into open source software development. GSoC Contributors work with an open source organization on a 12+ week programming project under the guidance of mentors.

2. The MLH Fellowship is a remote internship alternative for aspiring technologists. Spend 12 weeks building your skills by collaborating on real-world projects.

3. Google Season of Docs

Support for open source projects to improve their documentation and gives professional technical writers an opportunity to gain experience in open source. Together we raise awareness of open source.

4. Outreachy provides internships in open source to people subject to systemic bias and impacted by underrepresentation in the technical industry where they are living.
Outreachy internships are:
💵 Paid - $7,000 USD total internship stipend
🌍 Remote

5. The Season of KDE

KDE is an international free software community that develops free and open-source software and you can contribute to KDE through the Season of KDE program.

6. Open Mainframe Project Mentorship Program

Learn valuable mainframe skills to launch your career while helping improve the state of Linux and Open Source on Mainframe development community.

7. The Linux Kernel Mentorship Program includes three 12-week, full-time volunteer mentee positions, and two 24-week part-time volunteer mentee positions each year.

8. The Hyperledger mentorship program is aimed at creating a structured hands-on learning opportunity for new developers who may otherwise lack the opportunity to gain exposure to Hyperledger open source development and entry to the technical community.

9. Open Summer of Code

A 4-week summer programme in July, that provides Belgian based students the training, network and support necessary to transform open innovation projects into powerful real-world services.

10. Free Software Foundation (FSF) Internship Program

This is an educational opportunity to work with the organization that sponsors the GNU Project, publishes the GNU General Public License (GPL), and fights for software freedom.

11. Binance X Fellowship supports talented developers and researchers in creating free and open-source software that would enable new innovations and businesses in the crypto economy.

12. The Brink fellowship is an intensive one-year program to onboard exceptional software engineers into Bitcoin protocol development.

13. The Endless Vacation of Code (EVoC)

Students are welcome to either come up with an idea on their own or work up a proposal for an idea suggested by someone else. Then join a specific sub-community.

14. Khan Academy is looking for talented software developers to create a free virtual classroom for the world. You can work on developing web solutions, data analysis, etc.We typically accept intern applications from October through early November.

15. Small Development Grants

Semi-quarterly NumFOCUS puts out a call for small development grants. Code development, documentation work, educational, sustainability, and diversity initiatives, or other types of projects are all eligible.

16. Summer of Bitcoin is a global summer internship program focused on introducing university students to bitcoin and open-source development.

17. The Processing Foundation Fellowships support artists, coders, and collectives in visionary projects that conceive a new direction for what Processing as a software and a community can do.

18. The Summer of Haskell is an effort by to reach out to students and encourage them to contribute to the Haskell community with the aid of experienced mentors.

19. RARE Technologies Student Incubator Programme

It is a highly selective program where you will be mentored by an industry expert as you develop a pragmatic solution to a real-world problem using machine learning.

20. FOSSASIA Internship Program

Usually the internship is online. There is also an option to work for 4-6 weeks in our office in Cantho Vietnam. FOSSASIA can provide free accommodation for interested participants during that time and Monthly remuneration.

21. Snowplow

An opportunity to work on cutting edge technology and solve challenging problems. A competitive package, including share options; 25 holiday days a year (plus bank holidays).

22. The John Hunter Matplotlib Summer Fellowship sponsors one to two students to work full-time for 3 months on Matplotlib.
The fellowship is designed to help prepare recipients to become active contributors and core maintainers of Matplotlib.

23. The United Nations Academic Impact and MCN proudly present the Millennium Fellowship. The Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program on your campus to take your social impact to the next level.

24. RubyMe

A paid mentorship program for early-career Ruby developers. RubyMe pairs early-career developers from under-represented backgrounds with seasoned Rubyists.

25. Hack the Planet Scholarship

Scholarship recipients receive $1,500/month, weekly 1-1 mentorship from our most senior staff engineers, a monthly 1-1 with our CEO, code review and design review to hack on any open source project you want.

26. Microsoft Student Ambassador Milestones

Unique resources like our global student network on Microsoft Teams and a Microsoft 365 account, and can earn badges for activities and contributions to unlock additional benefits such as cloud credits.

27. Rails Girls Summer of Code is an award-winning global fellowship program aimed at bringing more diversity into Open Source. It welcomes all women and non-binary applicants who want to gain a footing in the world of coding and further expand their knowledge and skills. The focus is on advanced-beginners who want to enter programming full-time. As a fellowship program, successful applicants are paid a monthly stipend, from July to September. This breaks down all-too-common financial barriers, allowing students to work on a worthwhile Open Source project.




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