We are always looking for creative ways to work with universities and other post-secondary institutions. We are particularly interested in helping students get started with open source software development.
Google Summer of Code
The Eclipse Foundation has participated in Google Summer of Code program since it inception.
Students and Open Source
We've found that the best way to get students to understand open source is to get involved with an open source project. Involvement takes many forms, but it almost always starts with communication. We have numerous  at Eclipse; every single one of them has a project "dev" mailing list that is used by project developers to communicate in an open an transparent manner. The best way to start is by monitoring this communication to learn what the main areas of focus are in the project.
Project websites also offer quite a lot of insight into the current priorities of a project, along with links to helpful resources like the project plan. Ultimately, Bugzilla is a great place to find ways to contribute to a project: identify a bug you think you can fix and contribute a patch (be sure to use the project mailing list to get help if you need it). Many projects will mark bugs that they feel can be fixed relatively easily (i.e. with about a day's worth of effort) with the bugday flag.
Students are encouraged to sign up for the soc-dev mailing list. This list is primarily intended for our participation in the Google Summer of Code program, but is also a generally useful way to connect with other like-minded students, and eager mentors.
Eclipse University Outreach
With the Eclipse University Outreach programme, we are reaching out to post-secondary institutions to help them arm their students with information about and experience with Eclipse.
Motivation for this programme comes from the demonstrated need for more Eclipse knowledge in college and university graduates. Eclipse member companies, and other organisations are looking for new hires who are ready to start working immediately with Eclipse technology. Internet job sites are packed with positions that require knowledge and experience with Eclipse.
Our experience with the university community has shown that there is considerable use of Eclipse as a Java IDE. This experience has further shown that, while the frameworks and APIs provided by the many Eclipse projects do tend to be exploited in graduate and post-graduate work, undergraduate students tend to be unaware that there is far more to Eclipse.
With the university outreach programme, we are addressing this knowledge gap through student-focused events organized with help from local student associations. If you are interested in participating in the Eclipse University Outreach Programme, please consider signing up on our mailing list where you can discuss Eclipse-related issues with like-minded individuals.
Eclipse Campus Ambassador Program
Due to resouce constraints, we've had to suspend the Eclipse Campus Ambassador Program. We are no longer designating official ambassadors, but students are still invited to host Eclipse-related campus events. We will provide support where we can. Students can, for example, apply for funding for an Eclipse-related campus event through the Friends of Eclipse program.
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