Linux Foundation Expands Mentorship Program To Tackle COVID-19

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  • Intel is leading funding for this expansion with a $250,000 commitment
  • The Mentorship Program offers interns and mentees the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most popular open source projects like Linux, Kubernetes, and Hyperledger

The Linux Foundation has announced that it is expanding its Mentorship Program with seed funding from Intel in response to COVID-19. The program will support interns who have been displaced as a result of the global pandemic. It will give individuals an opportunity to reskill for some of the most sought-after, highly paid careers in the world as per them.

Intel is leading funding for this expansion with a $250,000 commitment. The Linux Foundation is investing an additional $100,000. It has also called on leaders throughout the industry to match this support in order to offer opportunities to aspiring technical talent during these tough times.

Melissa Evers-Hood, vice president at Intel said, “During these challenging times, our ability to come together to help cultivate the next generation of software developers is more important than ever. The Linux Foundation’s Community Bridge program will engage the community building mission-critical applications and Intel is proud to support developers as they participate in this initiative.”

Skilled and diverse talent pool of developers

The Linux Foundation Mentorship Program is designed to enable developers to experiment, learn, and contribute to open source communities. It also helps to strengthen open source projects and build an increasingly skilled and diverse talent pool of developers. Due to this, job placements are common and have included interns taking positions at technology companies that include Intel, Google, Red Hat, IBM among others.

Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation said, “Our commitment today and always is to protect the health and safety of our communities and staff and support the ongoing needs required to continue building the world’s most critical software infrastructure. One of the ways we can do that is to ensure the rising stars from throughout the developer community can learn, grow, and contribute no matter the circumstances.”

Linux, Kubernetes, and Hyperledger

The Mentorship Program offers interns and mentees the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most popular open source projects like Linux, Kubernetes, and Hyperledger, among others. Mentors have included key developers from the world’s largest open-source software initiatives. The program allows mentees to enhance their technical skills while learning the open-source culture and collaboration norms, including tools and infrastructure

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