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Earning real world programming experience with the Google Summer of Code

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Google Summer of Code 2007 is on, and are now accepting student applications for the program. What exactly is GSoC? Chris DiBona explains:

Last year we paid 630 students from 450 schools in 90 countries $4,500 each to work on open source software projects. These projects, selected by some 100 open source mentoring organizations from over 6,000 applications, provided students with invaluable real-world programming experience.

If you’re a college student who’d like to program over the summer for the good of open source, we’re taking applications until March 24.

So not only does one get to work with some awesome Open Source organizations, and get actual real world programming experience, but Google also pays for it! Not as much as one would get for a full-time software development position, but it sure beats the part-time summer work alternatives. This is an amazing opportunity to jump-start your programming career with experience, especially if your University lacks a solid co-op program. Though even then this offers a chance to work along side the organizations who wouldn’t normally hire students. Some groups I’d love to work with over a summer would be:

And there are 130 other groups participating. So if you are a student and don’t have any better plans for the summer, send in your application by March 24th, 2007.

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  1. Posted by Lloyd Budd | March 20, 2007, 7:11 pm

    Are you going to apply then? Each of those are fantastic projects, and I am happy that WordPress made your list. Do any of the WordPress GSoC ideas interest you, or do you have something else in mind?

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  2. Posted by Tony | March 21, 2007, 12:38 am

    hey Lloyd, thx for stopping by. As much as I would love to participate in the Google Summer of Code, this years Spring term (May to August) will be taken up by school. Perhaps next year I will be able to skip a co-op work term in favour of GSoC, but this time around it is simply not feasible for me.

    Still, this is a great venture for those who have the opportunity. I hear that CompSci.ca’s other co-founder (that would be Dan) is applying for GSoC (not sure what his project preferences are though). There is still time to express your interest!

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  3. Posted by Lloyd Budd | March 23, 2007, 7:26 pm

    I hear you Tony. When I was in uni, I went to school every summer so I could finish in four years and still have some co-op experience under my belt. Keep on doing what you are passionate about!

    It then took my 4.5 years working before I found myself in a position to work on open source full time. I could be making much more money, but I am doing what I love.

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