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The Open Mainframe Project is intended to serve as a focal point for deployment and use of the Linux OS in a mainframe computing environment. The Project intends to increase collaboration across the mainframe community and to developed shared tool sets and resources. Furthermore, the Project seeks to involve the participation of academic institutions to assist in teaching and educating the mainframe Linux engineers and developers of tomorrow. Through our internship program, students can expand their knowledge of mainframe technology, while at the same time helping contribute to open source projects that will make it easier for these infrastructure applications to run on Linux on z Systems.

The Mission of the Open Mainframe Project

  • Create an open source, technical community that industry and community participants may easily participate in and so that they may contribute to the creation of assets and materials that will benefit the development of Enterprise Grade characteristics of Linux such as:
    • High Availability and Disaster Recovery
    • Security
    • Reliability, Availability and Serviceability
    • Performance and Scalability
  • Include participation of leading members of the ecosystem, including end users, solution providers, application developers and systems administrators to ensure the Open Mainframe Project addresses the needs of the community.
  • Hosting the infrastructure for the open source project, establishing a neutral home for community meetings, events and collaborative discussions and providing structure around the business and technical governance of the project.

Internship Program

Open Mainframe Project is accepting eight student interns during the summer of 2017 to work in the Open Mainframe Project development community. Each intern will work closely with a mentor for the duration of his/her internship. For a list of suggested intern development projects, please see our Project Ideas Page. Internship development projects do not need to be limited to ideas on this wiki page. If you have a great idea for a development activity for Open Mainframe Project, you can submit the idea as part of your application and, if chosen, the Open Mainframe Project Internship Administrator will find a suitable mentor for you.

Each intern will work remotely from his/her location of choice. There is no physical work facility provided or required.

The Open Mainframe Project will also give the ability for each intern successfully completing the program to present their project at an industry conference. The Open Mainframe Project will provide a stipend for travel for each student. To help support the student for presenting, the project will provide professional resources and training to help build their presentation skills.

Internship Proposals

Please send your project proposal(s) to https://jobs.lever.co/linuxfoundation.org/8dda0212-ace6-4c97-a0fa-a8b65b99bf73 by the application deadline (February 15, 2017).

Your proposal should include the following:

  • The project you are proposing.
  • Why you’d like to execute on this particular project and the reason you’re the best individual to do so.
  • Details of your academic, industry and/or open source development experience, as well as other details as you see fit.
  • If you have worked on other open source projects, please provide pointers to the code you worked on / contributed.
  • An explanation of your development methodology.
  • Your contact information.
  • One or two references.
  • Regardless of what you include in your proposal, we recommend you speak to the Open Mainframe Project and/or mentor you are applying to about what they are looking for in a proposal to give you the best chance of success in your proposal.
  • Finally, please also include proof of current academic attendance (transcript, copy of student ID).

Key Dates

February 15th, 2017 Application Submission Deadline
March 15th, 2017 Intern Acceptance Notifications Sent
US Schedule
May 8th – May 19th 2017 Intern/Mentor Bonding Period – Interns and Mentors get to know one another, interns read documentation, join in irc and mailing lists, and get comfortable with the other developers on the project.
May 22nd, 2017 Internship Start Date – Students provided a $500 stipend
June 23rd, 2017 Midterm Evaluations – Students receiving a satisfactory evaluation are provided a $2,500 stipend
July 24th – July 28th, 2017 Final week: Students tidy code, write tests, improve documentation and submit their code sample.
August 6th – August 11th, 2017 Students participate at SHARE Conference in Providence, RI. Mentors complete their student evaluations. Students receiving a satisfactory evaluation are provided a $3,000 stipend.
EU Schedule
June 19th – June 30th 2017 Intern/Mentor Bonding Period – Interns and Mentors get to know one another, interns read documentation, join in irc and mailing lists, and get comfortable with the other developers on the project.
July 3rd, 2017 Internship Start Date – Students provided a $500 stipend
August 4th, 2017 Midterm Evaluations – Students receiving a satisfactory evaluation are provided a $2,500 stipend
September 4th – September 8th, 2017 Final week: Students tidy code, write tests, improve documentation and submit their code sample.
September 11th – September 15th, 2017 Mentors complete their student evaluations. Students receiving a satisfactory evaluation are provided a $3,000 stipend.
November 2017 Students participate at GSE Conference

Previous Internship Programs details can be found here Summer 2016 or for more details look here.