Interested in finding bright, enthusiastic new contributors to your open source project? Apply to be a mentoring organization in the Google Summer of Code program! The organization application period is now open.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Google Summer of Code is a program designed to pair university students from around the world with mentors at open source projects in such varied fields as academic research, language translations, content management systems, games, and operating systems. Since 2005, over 7,500 students from more than 100 countries have completed the Google Summer of Code program with the support of over 440 mentoring organizations. Students gain exposure to real-world software development while earning a stipend for their work and an opportunity to explore areas related to their academic pursuits, by “flipping bits, not burgers” during their school break. In return, mentoring organizations have the opportunity to identify and attract new developers to their projects as these students often continue their work with the organizations after Google Summer of Code concludes.

To celebrate our 10th anniversary this year we will accept 10 more organizations that we ever have before -- that's 190 organizations. We hope we also get a record number of applicants!

The deadline for applying to be a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code is Friday, February 14 at 19:00 UTC (11am PST). The list of accepted organizations will be posted on the Google Summer of Code site on Monday, February 24th. Students will then have two weeks to reach out to the accepted organizations to discuss their project ideas before we begin accepting student applications on March 10th.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details on the program. For more information you can check out the Mentor Manual, timeline and join the discussion group. You can also check out the Melange Manual for more information on using the program website. Good luck to all of our mentoring organization applicants!

By Carol Smith, Open Source Team