Applying for OPW

Thank you for your interest in the Linux kernel internships! Please read the following thoroughly.

Also, make sure you:

Do you qualify?

We want interns to make sure they qualify for the OPW internship. Read [ this page] for more information.

The TLDR version of the requirements are that OPW interns:

Additionally, we highly recommend that applicants have a stable internet connection, with no download caps. Communication over IRC can be difficult if your internet connection keeps dropping or has a big lag time, so you need a stable internet connection. Downloading the initial kernel will use over 5 GB of data, which will easily blow through a standard 3G capped plan. We recommend making sure you have cable internet, or an unlimited 3G plan.

If possible, we would like interns to present on their projects at the Linux Foundation [ Collaboration Summit ] (in March). You will get a $500 travel stipend to attend. Linux conferences are a lot of fun, because you get to meet professional Linux developers, and there's a lot of opportunity for networking and job hunting.

How to apply

The OPW kernel project's application process is a little different than what is outlined in the OPW pages. Here's what we need you to do:

  1. Look over the list of projects at

  2. Find a project there that interests you, and email the mentor. Introduce yourself, let the mentor know why you think that project would be a good fit for you, and ask the mentor any questions about the project.
  3. Fill out your [ initial application], which is shown under the "Send in an Application" section. Email your application to, in PDF or libreoffice format. If you send it as a Google doc link, you may update your application until November 11th, 2013. At that point, a read-only copy of your application will be saved.

  4. Complete the Linux kernel first contribution [:OPWfirstpatch:tutorial] by November 11th, 2013, and email your first patch to the [!forum/opw-kernel opw-kernel mailing list]. Do not send patches to the main Linux mailing lists!

Application tips

Here's some tips for how to answer various questions on the OPW application.

Are you planning to apply for Google Summer of Code?

(Not applicable for Oct/Nov applicants). This question is designed to make sure that participants in OPW also apply to GSoC if they meet the summer of code [ applicant requirements]. Basically, the idea was to make sure applicants get the most chances to get an internship. However, the Linux kernel isn't participating in GSoC, so this question does not matter to our organization.

Please describe your experience with the organization's product as a user and as a contributor (include the information about the contribution you made to the project you are interested in here):

Please include some information about yourself, such as:

If you are applying as an OPW kernel intern for the first time, do not worry about providing links to your first kernel patch. Your patches will be tracked by [* patchwork]. If you applied in a previous OPW round, please include links to patches that were accepted upstream (either by linking to the [!forum/opw-kernel google groups archive], or [* patchwork]).

If you have ever gotten Linux kernel patches accepted outside of the OPW application process, please provide a link to the commits through [ Linus' git tree]. You can search the log for your patch subject, find the full commit ID, and use it in the URL by placing the commit ID after the "id" part of the URL. E.g. would point to commit ID e9bdc3d6143d1c4b8d8ce5231fc958268331f983.

Who is a possible mentor for the project you are most interested in?

Please review the [ participating Linux kernel projects]. Pick the project that you're most passionate about (or two projects) and put those mentors names on the first question.

Please describe the details and the timeline of the work you plan to accomplish on the project you are most interested in (discuss these first with the mentor of the project):

You do not need to provide a detailed timeline. Instead, describe why you're passionate about that particular Linux kernel project, and what you hope to learn from that project.

Including this optional information will strengthen your application, and increase the chances of getting accepted.

Please note that interns may be switching between Linux kernel projects, as we find more work, so you may work on multiple projects.

Application Deadlines


You will have the opportunity to update your application with your small contribution until November 11th, 2013. Accepted interns will be notified on November 25th, 2013.

Still have questions?

Contact sarahsharp on #opw ( or #kernel-opw (, or email the [!forum/opw-kernel opw-kernel mailing list]. Make sure you are subscribed to that mailing list.

KernelNewbies: OutreachyApply (last edited 2013-10-08 21:17:17 by SarahSharp)