Summer of Code and Other Internships

Susan Hall
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Google's taking applications through Friday for its Summer of Code and will have a Google+ hangout today at 3:30pm PDT on its Google Students page with Open Source Programs Manager Chris DiBona answering questions.


Summer of Code is a three-month paid internship for college students who want to work on open source projects. Participating organizations have submitted 180 projects for students to work on. Those accepted into the program will be announced on the Summer of Code site on April 23.


There will be myriad internship opportunities available this summer, and now's the time to apply. According to a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers plan to hire 8.5 percent more interns this year, with a projected average hourly wage of $16.20, The Wall Street Journal reports.


Among the opportunities:

  • Defense contractor Raytheon recently tweeted that it has more than 200 openings for college interns and recent graduates.
  • Boston-area organizations are working hard to pair students with potential employers in an effort to keep the talent educated in local universities.
  • An initiative called SummerQAmp aims to train young people ages 18 to 24 for careers in quality assurance.
  • In an offshoot of its Innovation Engineering program, the University of Maine's Foster Center for Student Innovation is pairing students with startups.

Most job websites also list an array of internships, as well as sites such as and organizations such the American Society for Engineering Education.

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