Google Inc. is accepting applications for its "Summer of Code 2009" program, which offers stipends to student software developers to write code for various open-source software projects during their summer breaks.
Now in its fifth year, the program has brought together more than 2,400 students from nearly 100 countries worldwide to work on 230 open-source projects and create millions of lines of code, Google says.
Google identifies the program’s goals this way: getting more open-source code created and released for the benefit of everyone; inspiring young developers to begin participating in open-source development; helping open-source projects identify and bring in new developers; providing students the chance to advance their skills during the summer; and giving students more exposure to real-world software development.
According to Google, college students preparing for summer should "think ‘flip bits, not burgers.’"
Students who are accepted into the program are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating open-source projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits, Google says.
Applicants must be college or university students who are at least 18 years of age by April 20. Google will award up to 1,000 stipends worth $4,500 each. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 3.