Open source-focused Google Summer of Code 2017 student applications now being accepted

opensourceToday is the first official day of spring. With that said, Google wants us to look towards the following season -- summer. You see, starting today, application entries are being accepted for Google Summer of Code 2017.

If you've never heard of this program, please know that the search giant pairs students with organizations to get real-world experience working on an open source project during summer break. Google even pays them some money -- it is not an unpaid affair. Pay, experience, and knowledge aside, participating will look excellent on a résumé.

"For the 13th straight year GSoC will give students from around the world the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of open source software development while working from their home. Students will receive a stipend for their successful contributions to allow them to focus on their coding during the program," says Stephanie Taylor, Google Summer of Code Program Manager.

Taylor explains, "Mentors are paired with the students to help address technical questions and to monitor their progress throughout the program. Former GSoC participants have told us that the real-world experience they've gained during the program has not only sharpened their technical skills, but has also boosted their confidence, broadened their professional network and enhanced their resumes."

The application entry period starts today, and it ends rather quickly on April 3. While that may seem like plenty of time, these things have a way of sneaking up on you. One of the best lessons a student can learn is the old adage of an early bird gets the worm. In other words, if you want to be one of the lucky chosen ones, you should act soon rather than later.

Ready to submit your application? You can do so here.

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