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We know that many students are looking out for good coding opportunities in the summer, so the project is proud to announce the following programme.

Join the " Summer 2010 Internship"

  • The " Summer 2010 Internship" will start from May 31 and will finish on October 31.
  • It is designed to help students with their first (or second...) step in software development
  • Participants gain valuable skills, a useful cash bounty (see below) - and millions of users get the great new features which participants have developed!

This internship programme follows on from the successful bug-bounty programmes and others that the project has organized in the past.

General discussion and questions should take place on the mailing list. You can easy subscribe to this list by sending an empty email to (archive). If you have questions you can always email one of the members of the Supervisory Team, or meet them on IRC for a chat.

How to apply

  • If you haven't yet decided, make up your mind about what you want to do in
    • If you would like to have contact with a developer about possible projects, you could contact them on IRC for a chat or email one of the members of the Supervisory Team (see below).
  • After this initial step please submit the application form under Internship 2010 application form
  • You will be contacted afterwards and depending on the selection you will get assigned a mentor and you will get further information.
  • Final selection process
    • the mentor will ask you to make an OOo build on the platform of your choice (or on the platform necessary for the project you select), following the build instructions in our wiki.
    • the mentor can ask for further preparations that might help to learn if you are a capable developer for the project. This could be a simple task involving coding, rebuilding and providing an installation set.
    • especially if more than one applicant applies for the same project the mentor will ask further questions ...
    • Once the mentor is fine with your application, it will be added here.
  • The acceptance of proposals starts May 31, it stops at June 30 at latest. The seven best are chosen at July 1st, or so much earlier as the Supervisory Team thinks is appropriate.
  • Note: available places are limited this year, so if you are interested, find out more now! (Of course joining and helping the project is appreciated any time, but the programme only lasts a few months.)

Supervisory Team

The founding members of the Supervisory Team are Jürgen Schmidt (Juergen.Schmidt -at- Sun.COM), Mathias Bauer (Mathias.Bauer -at- Sun.COM), and Svante Schubert (Svante.Schubert -at- Sun.COM). Other developers who take on the role of mentor will join the Team. (Names and nicknames for on IRC etc, can be found on the domain developer-page.)
The tasks of this Team are:

  • Make sure that all students have a mentor
  • Decide on which proposed projects are accepted
  • Help to find solutions if any problems arise
  • Help the individual mentors to decide about the quality of finished projects, in case of any doubt

Terms & Conditions

  1. The Programme is open to (student-)developers who can work full-time for a period of about 3 months on a project
  2. Intended participants must contact the Supervisory Team to be allocated a mentor and have their project accepted
  3. Participants have to comply with the usual guidelines, including signing of the SCA, as explained here, in the section "How to submit code to"
  4. An accepted project consists of a participant, a task and a mentor
  5. Accepted projects and results will be listed on the wiki
  6. There will be mid-term evaluations by mentors (supervisor or meeting)
  7. At the end of the project there will be a final evaluation of the committed work
    1. The success of participant is determined by mentor plus formal compliance with the rules
    2. In case of doubt about the success of the project, the participant and the mentor will contact the Supervisory Team
  8. The Project will award 3,500 EUR to each successfully finished project
  9. Payments to the participant will be made by the following scheme:
    1. 500 Euro when the project is accepted and starts
    2. 1500 Euro mid term, when the progress is good (see #7)
    3. 1500 Euro immediately after the specific project ends.
  10. Participants are responsible for any taxation or other considerations in their country.

Possible projects

There is a dedicated list of proposals for this Summer 2010 Internship!
Additionaly, in the Category:To-Do on the wiki, and in the Education Project you can find possible projects for completion.
For even more inspiration, you could visit the old SOC 2008 proposals or the old Innovation program proposals. But remember: those are older, not up to date.

And finally: of course you may propose a project yourself, or ask developers on your favorite project's list or the mentors, to help you start with this Internship!

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