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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 its 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 always starts with communication. We have numerous projects 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.

Students and Conferences

We need students to assist us during our conferences in North America and Europe; we'll give you a conference pass in exchange for work. This is a great opportunity to network with people in the open source community and build important contacts with representatives of the software industry. For more information, check out the EclipseCon Conferences, or send a note to

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