Tor + Outreachy: Internships for Underrepresented People in Tech
The Tor Project has partnered with the Outreachy internship program, and we’ve got two internship slots for members of groups traditionally underrepresented in technology.
This is Tor’s second time participating in Outreachy’s three-month internship program. This round runs from May to August, 2018, and applications are due on March 22.
Who’s eligible for Outreachy?
Outreachy internships are open internationally to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Internships are also open to residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.
We’re committed to inclusion in all facets of Tor development, and having a diverse range of backgrounds, viewpoints, and experience helps us foster a healthy development community. Outreachy encourages underrepresented groups to learn new skills, meet new people in their field, and contribute to critical open source tools.
Use your skills
Here are the internship opportunities we’ve got planned for this Outreachy round. If one catches your eye, start your application now.
- User Advocate
Tor is looking for a user advocate who would work with members of Tor’s development and community teams to help us understand where users struggle to use Tor. A secure web browser only works if it’s usable.
This intern will monitor our bug-reporting channels, IRC rooms, and social channels to get a sense of what new bugs appear in our software, and where users have problems connecting to and using Tor. Each month, we’d like the intern to report on the most common bugs, problems, questions, and other issues that users have.
- Documentation Editor
For this task, the intern would help the community team to update, review, and format sections of the Tor documentation on how to add Tor’s privacy and anonymity protections to other apps. Much of this documentation is written by volunteers and is not regularly maintained. Tor is about to transition to a new support portal, and the intern would help make this content ready to be displayed on the new website.
Get in touch
We look forward to seeing your applications. If you have any questions along the way, you can leave a comment here or get in touch with Tor’s Outreachy coordinator. Check our Outreachy page for contact details. There’ll also be a Twitter chat on Monday, February 26 at 4pm UTC / 11am EDT / 8am PDT, where Tor’s coordinator and our mentor for this round will be answering questions using the #OutreachyChat tag.
Everyone is welcome to contribute to Tor no matter their gender, race, religion, or level of ability. We're particularly interested in encouraging people who, as you say, might not have much experience with technology and/or free software. That said, in this particular instance, the underrepresented groups outlined above often face significant systematic barriers to entering the tech/open source software, and so the Outreachy internship is aimed specifically at these groups.