GSoC and Outreachy are both programs focused on introducing open-source software development to a wider audience. They provide stipends to work on a 3-month project for the open source community. GSoC is open to all university students whereas Outreachy recruits anyone who faces under-representation, systemic bias, or discrimination in the technology industry of their country.
CC has had great success with GSoC and Outreachy in the past. We’ve mentored for GSoC in eight previous years, and with the help of last year’s interns, we were able to release our WordPress plugin, the CC Search browser extension, The Linked Commons, and Vocabulary, as well as rewrite our license chooser tool. Our interns from Outreachy’s December 2019 to March 2020 round just wrapped up their work, making improvements to the new version of the license chooser and Vocabulary, and creating a new version of our Platform Toolkit.
We’ve compiled a list of project ideas for students to choose from when submitting their work proposal. These range from improvements to CC Search and adding sources to CC Catalog, to building on previous projects like Vocabulary and the Linked Commons. There is room for creativity—the project ideas are defined in broad terms and applicants may choose to submit a proposal for an original idea.
If you’d like to stay updated on the work we’re doing, please join our developer community or follow our technical blog. And of course, we encourage you to read our applicant guide and submit a proposal if you’re eligible! It’s a great way to get an introduction to open source software, build real-world skills, work on interesting technical challenges, and help advance CC’s mission.