[Pdx-pm] Fwd: Summer of Perl -- call for student proposals

Eric Wilhelm scratchcomputing at gmail.com
Tue Mar 18 01:37:21 PDT 2008

Hi all,

I'm traveling this week, and this is the week where we need to drum-up 
local students.  Anybody want to spearhead that effort?  You know:  get 
some posters on the wall, ride a camel through the quad -- that sort of 

Also note that OSU and PSU are both mentor organizations.  Lots of local 


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Subject: Summer of Perl -- call for student proposals

The Perl Foundation is participating in Google's 2008 Summer of
 Code(tm) and we have a lot of capable, willing mentors looking forward
 to working with some talented, driven students.  So, we would like you
 to help find those students (and quickly -- the students must apply
 before March 24th.)

This is a rare opportunity for students to get a chance to get a paid
summer of hacking on exciting projects like Parrot, Perl 6, Moose,
Jifty, SVK, Catalyst, or their very own Perl modules or applications.
It also brings new talent into the community and gives the student a
hefty "real world" experience with a knowledgable mentor.  Further,
employers love to see this sort of demonstration of teamwork, handling
deadlines, communication skills, resourcefulness and etc.

We're looking for promising students who are interested in open source
(or maybe you know someone who *should* be interested in open source.)
Knowledge of Perl is optional if the project is Parrot-related.  The
student doesn't need to be an expert in the problem domain (after all,
learning is part of the process), but should bring a big pile of
creativity, problem-solving skills, and determination.

Students should review the page of suggested projects, but are
encouraged to bring their own proposals (those are often the best.)
The most important first step is getting in touch with the community
and discussing their project idea with potential mentors.


Additional information and links can be found here.


Google has posted some flyers if you happen to have a university
bulletin board or hallway handy:


Additional info:


(Note that google has particular requirements to do with the fact that
they are paying the students.  The student must be able to show their
eligibility regarding enrollment and employability.)

Remember, the Perl community draws talent from many fields, so if you
came to Perl from a non-computer-science major and still have contacts
in that department from your university, it is probably worth
mentioning to them.



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