[Chicago-talk] Summer of Perl -- call for student proposals

Joshua McAdams joshua.mcadams at gmail.com
Wed Mar 19 21:33:06 PDT 2008

Below is a Message from Eric Wilhelm regarding TPF's participation in
 Google's SOC


 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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