Hello, everyone Nomadev here, back with another blog on tech. Today I will be sharing the top paid open-source programs for student developers. Open source is source code that is made freely available for possible modification and redistribution.
Contributing to open source is a great way to get real-world software development and other domain experience. The main motto of most programs is to help students to get some experience in open source development. so let's start

1. Google Summer of Code, GSoC

GSoC is a program started by Google that aims to promote open-source development among university students and it runs for 10 weeks. It helps organizations connect with students and get them started with their open-source projects. The stipend offered is 1500-3300$ depending upon the region. In the process, code is created and released for all. The acceptance rate for GSoC is around 20 to 25 percent and hence the competition is intense and gets more intense with every passing year.

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2. Outreachy

Outreachy is a diversity initiative that provides paid, remote internships to people subject to systemic bias and impacted by underrepresentation in the technical industry where they are living.

Outreachy internships are:

💵 Paid - $6,000 USD total internship stipend

🌍 Remote - both interns and mentors work remotely

🕰 3 months - internships run May to August, or December to March

Outreachy interns work with experienced mentors from open source communities. Outreachy internship projects may include programming, user experience, documentation, graphical design, data science, marketing, user advocacy, or community event planning.

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3. MLH Fellowship

It is a 12-week internship for aspiring technologists. Programs pair a fun, educational curriculum with practical experience that you can put on your resume right away. It's collaborative, remote, and happens under the guidance of mentors.
As an MLH Fellow on the Open Source Track, you'll contribute to the type of Open Source projects that every company depends on. You'll experience what it's like to work on a real software engineering team first-hand.
All students, as well as non-student professionals, can apply to the MLH Fellowship. If required, a need-based stipend of up to $5000 is available depending on your time commitment, the country you reside in, your living conditions, and whether you are able to afford basic necessities like food, shelter, and childcare.

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4. Google Season Of Docs

It provides support for open source projects to improve their documentation and gives professional technical writers an opportunity to gain experience in open source.
You will work closely with an open-source community, solving real problems with high-quality documentation. Learn about open source and new technologies. Add will more skills to your resume. It can be a plus for you if you are already into technical writing.

💵 Paid - 2400 - 6600$ USD total internship stipend

🌍 Remote - both interns and mentors work remotely

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5. Reinforcement Learning Open Source Fest

The Reinforcement Learning (RL) Open Source Fest is a global online program focused on introducing students to open source reinforcement learning programs and software development while working alongside researchers, data scientists, and engineers on the Real World Reinforcement Learning team at Microsoft Research NYC. Students will work on a four-month research programming project during their break from university (May-August 2021). Accepted students will receive a $10,000 USD stipend.

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These can be a great kickstart to your open source journey, I would also like to clarify that I don't favor the thing that you should only contribute to open source only if you are getting paid. Open source is like a family, so you need to maintain the decorum and work voluntarily, just enjoy OSS and contribute, paid opportunities are not far. If you will target only outreach, GSoC You will fail in the end. And remember always mentors will choose a guy who is mixed but knows nothing over one who is arrogant but knows things. So behave properly and contribute as much as you can :)

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