SPUG: Summer of Perl -- call for student proposals

Andrew Sweger andrew at sweger.net
Tue Mar 18 08:36:52 PDT 2008

Forwarding to SPUG on behalf of Eric Wilhelm:

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 31st.)

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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