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:

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 You may update your application until May 8th.

  4. Complete the Linux kernel first contribution [:OPWfirstpatch:tutorial] by May 17th, 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?

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:

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

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.

If you want review of your application, you can send it to the [!forum/opw-kernel kernel-opw mailing list] for mentors to review. Please make sure to send the application to by May 8th.


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

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 2013-05-03 22:10:56 by SarahSharp)