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Outreachy Supports Diversity in Tech

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Outreachy is open to applicants around the world.

We invite people to apply who face systemic bias or discrimination in the technology industry of their country.

Outreachy expressly invites applicants who are women (both cis and trans), trans men, non-binary people, and genderqueer people to apply.

We also expressly invite applications who are residents and nationals of the United States of America of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.

Past Outreachy interns are:

  • 92% women
  • 4% transgender, genderqueer, or non-binary people
  • 64% people of color
  • 12% people from a historically disadvantaged caste or tribe

Statistics are based on responses to the 2019 longitudinal study of Outreachy alums.

Outreachy Eligibility Rules

Outreachy is open to applicants around the world. You will need to meet the following requirements:

1. General eligibility

2. Past internships

3. Current or future internships

4. Rules for people with jobs

5. Rules for people who are not students

6. Rules for students

Outreachy internships run twice a year, May to August and December to March. We have some rules around which internship round you can apply to:

7. Rules for students on visas

Additional Information to Provide

The initial application also includes four essay questions. Please read our essay tips carefully.

Intern Agreements and Forms

All accepted interns must sign an intern agreement. This is a legal document that certifies you are eligible to apply for Outreachy, and that all the eligibility information you supply in your application is truthful. All accepted interns will need to fill out either a W8-BEN or a W-9 tax form. It is fraud if you sign these legal documents after supplying incorrect information.

If you are concerned about these forms, please note that Outreachy has experience with people in the middle of a legal name change and transgender people who cannot change their legal name. Only Outreachy organizers and the Software Freedom Conservancy accounting team will see these legal documents. Your mentors will not see your tax form or your signed intern agreement.

Applicant Guide

Please read our Applicant Guide. The Applicant Guide includes tips for getting your initial application accepted. It also includes tips for preparing for the contribution period and writing your final application.

Internship Guide

The Outreachy Internship Guide includes detailed information about the internship schedule, payment schedule, blogging schedule, and other details.

Initial Application

All Outreachy applicants will need to fill out an initial application.

The application system for Outreachy internships is currently closed. The application system will be available when the next application period opens.

To get an email when the round opens, subscribe to the Outreachy announcement mailing list.