Each year, [Google Summer of Code](http://code.google.com/soc/) puts hundreds of students to work on open source projects, and pays them for it. The Perl Foundation is proud to announce that it has been accepted as a sponsoring organization this year.
Students propose projects that they’d like to have funded, and are assigned a mentor who will help guide the student and project to completion. For students, this is a great way to contribute to open source, get experience working on real projects that you can put on a resume, and get paid for it. You’ll be helping open source while helping yourself. For mentors, you’ll also be helping open source, and helping a new programmer get his or her start.
Jonathan Leto’s blog has [links to find out more](http://leto.net/dukeleto.pl/2009/03/tpf-accepted-to-google-summer-of-code-2009.html).