Get paid for working on Perl projects in Google Summer of Code 2009


Each year, Google Summer of Code 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.


The primary purpose of Google Summer of Code is about helping integrate students into the Open Source community, and by providing a summer stipend, Google gives students the opportunity to code instead of doing some other job.

The primary purpose of GSoC is not for a student to get a paycheck and a line on a resume. Students who apply should be very interested in joining the Open Source community, if they are not it is usually very apparent by the way the application is written.

I wanted to clarify this, since your post is heavily slanted toward the monetary aspect and very light on the "getting involved in the community" aspect.

Sorry, Jonathan, it wasn't my intent to emphasize the money angle, and I've updated the article a bit to put more emphasis on the open source contribution.

I needed some sort of angle to hang the article on, because "GSoC exists" is not enough to draw people in, and that's what I went with.

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