Applying for OPW

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

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:

We also want interns to speak at either [ LinuxCon North America] (in September) or [ LinuxCon Europe] (in October) about your project.

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

Since the kernel project joined OPW late, our 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

We'll be contacting potential applicants by the end of this week, through the [!forum/opw-kernel kernel-opw mailing list], to announce how you can make your small contribution to the Linux kernel. You can and should submit your initial application without doing the small contribution.


You will have the opportunity to update your application with your small contribution until May 17th. Accepted interns will be notified on May 27th.

Further FAQ

When you get to the part of the application that asks these two questions:

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

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):"

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.

For the second question, you do not need to provide a detailed timeline. Instead, describe why you're passionate about that particular Linux kernel project, and what qualifies you to work on that project.

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

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 2013-04-30 22:40:29 by SarahSharp)