Máirín Duffy’s GNOME Outreach Program for Women logo
You might have heard about GNOME’s Outreach Program for Women, which pays USD$5000 stipends for three-month internships for women to work on GNOME. There are opportunities for work in coding, marketing, design, documentation, testing, and more, and you don’t have to have any open source experience or programming experience to apply.
Well, in the upcoming round of internships, there are eight mentoring projects offering at least 17 internship placements in total, and I’m proud to say that one of them is Wikimedia, the project that supports Wikipedia. (I’m the Engineering Community Manager for Wikimedia and basically buttonholed GNOME’s Marina Zhurakhinskaya at a conference in October specifically to ask whether Wikimedia could participate in this program, and I am delighted that we are taking part.) Other projects participating include Deltacloud, Fedora, GNOME, JBoss, Mozilla, OpenStack and Tor.
Any woman interested in working on these projects is welcome to apply, provided she is available for a full-time internship during this time period (more details). This program is open to anyone who identifies herself as a woman.
Please take a look and start the application process as soon as you can, since the application process includes getting in touch with a mentor and completing a small task. And help us spread the word!
- On the work-and-school front: Design shop hiring worker/owner in Berkeley or Boston; women, PoC, & LGBTIQQ encouraged. Also, there’s a $10K scholarship now available for female undergraduates studying game design.
- An oldie but a pretty-goodie: YouTube – Video Games and the Female Audience. (One could wish the narrator had let his guest actually speak.)
- More brilliant reactions to Shirky’s rant: danah boyd, “whose voice do you hear?” and Jezebel, “3 Reasons Why Women Can’t Be More Like Men.”
- On similar themes, Work: Ur Doin It Rong, about men yet again telling women how they have to behave to be successful, and (trigger warning) Naomi Wolf explaining why complaining, even about clear sexual harassment or abuse, can harm more than it helps.
- On a lighter note, Female mathematicians in fiction.
- Nichelle Nichols tells her story about staying on Star Trek because Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told her he was a fan of her role, and how important it was that she remain a role model.
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