[OpenStack Foundation] [Diversity] Call for mentors Outreachy Dec-March 2016

Barrett, Carol L carol.l.barrett at intel.com
Mon Sep 14 17:26:48 UTC 2015

Diversity WG - This seems to be well aligned with our direction and I wanted to make sure everyone sees it.
Any thoughts on actions we could take to support and increase the synergy with our goals?

From: Victoria Martínez de la Cruz [mailto:victoria at vmartinezdelacruz.com]
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 9:12 AM
To: Openstack-internships; OpenStack Development Mailing List
Subject: [openstack-dev] Call for mentors Outreachy Dec-March 2016

Hi everyone,

OpenStack will join next round of the Outreachy internships and we need you help: we are looking for full-time contributors willing to share some of their time, knowledge and experience to make our open-source organization more diverse and have the opportunity to meet new talents.

What is Outreachy

Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved. Read more in https://www.gnome.org/outreachy/.

OpenStack has been participating in this internships since Jan-Apr 2013, and we have had really good results: we got more full-time contributors, we got lots of good quality contributions, interns had the opportunity to give a great step in their professional careers and also it has been an enriching experience for everyone involved with the internship. More information about OpenStack participation in Outreachy can be find in https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Outreachy.

Applications open next September 22nd, and the deadline for applications is October 27th. https://wiki.gnome.org/Outreachy/2015/DecemberMarch


Contributors interested on mentoring in Outreachy, please feel free to ask any question and ask for further directions here or in #openstack-opw in Freenode.

Try to find and propose a task for the next couple of months for your mentee. The task should be able to be finished on three months. Add this idea in this wiki https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Internship_ideas.

Please join #openstack-opw as well, to welcome applicants and help them with their setups.

Another way to get in touch is through the internships mailing list, http://lists.openstack.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/openstack-internships.


Time requirements

Being a mentor shouldn't take a lot of time from your working week. Mentors from previous rounds organized differently: you can schedule a weekly meeting to catch up with your mentee latest work, questions and next steps; some other prefer having a daily short meeting; you choose how to organize your agenda.

Consider that different mentees will need different guidance, but we aim to work with proactive and independent people. This qualities are defined during the application process, so make sure to participate actively in this so you make sure you get a mentee you can work with.


Mentors are supposed to act as a channel for mentees with the rest of the community. You should be able to help them understand the community workflow (tools, milestones), introduce them to the team you are working with (so they also have other people to learn from), help them to gain confidence and participate of the weekly meetings.

You are not supposed to teach them the basics (say, we cannot have people that cannot program in Python), but you should be able to point them in the right direction with the tools we use in the community and they should be able to learn at their own pace.


Time requirements

It is a full-time internship, so mentees are expected to work 40 hours per week in the assigned project.


Mentees are supposed to devote their time on learning about the community, getting familiar with the tools used to contribute to OpenStack, understanding the basics of the code base of the project they are working on and finishing the assigned task before the internship ends. They are also encouraged to help with bug triaging, bug fixing and code reviewing. All this should be shared in a personal blog mentees have to set up when they start with their internships.

Thanks all,

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