GitHub, the world’s largest software development collaboration platform, has launched its new Octernships programme to empower the next generation of developers through real-world experience with partner organisations.
The GitHub Octernships programme connects students with industry partners from around the world in paid professional experiences and mentorship on open source and software development projects.
How GitHub Octernships work
Verified and eligible students on GitHub Global Campus can explore industry opportunities from the GitHub Partner network. Partner organisations share a problem statement, or an assignment that students need to build, and then submit using GitHub Classroom. Partner organisations review submitted projects, communicate via pull requests, and schedule interviews. Selected students start working on industry projects with GitHub partner organisations and join the premier GitHub Octernship community.
GitHub Octernships is initially starting for students in 10 countries, including India, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, Nigeria, and Colombia, and will gradually expand to more regions over time. To apply, students need to be verified on GitHub Global Campus, and be active contributors on GitHub.
Talking about the new programme, Arkodyuti Saha, Education Community Manager at GitHub, said,
Imagine working on real-world projects and getting paid for it while being a student. That’s only a part of what Octernships offer. Students also receive hands-on experience and the chance to work on different projects to help them hone a wide range of software development skills, including open-source projects, documentation, design, and testing. Students also get meaningful mentorship from industry experts, the chance to work with other developers, and connect with potential employers from our curated list of registered partners.
Eldad Fux, CEO of Appwrite, said,
We have had a great experience working with the GitHub Octernships pilot program. The intern we selected from the previous year became an Appwrite employee and has consistently exceeded our expectations. The program’s emphasis on real-world projects and evaluation of interns based on their efforts and quality of work allows us to confidently choose the best fit for our team. Overall, we highly recommend this program to other tech companies looking to find top talent with interns.
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