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Get Your Mentorship On! Open Mainframe Project Opens Annual Mentorship Application

By | February 1, 2021

“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”

Open Mainframe Project’s Mentorship Program is one of our oldest initiatives. Since launch, the Mentorship program has helped more than 50 students gain experience in a hands-on learning experience with Linux, open source, and mainframes. 

It also provides a more defined path for OMP projects to connect with the next generation of student developers to inject more talent into their developer base. Each mentee will apply, express interest in one of Open Mainframe Project’s current projects and be matched with a mentor who is a leader or an active developer in the mainframe community. Previous mentors include leaders from member companies Broadcom, IBM, Red Hat, Rocket Software, SUSE and Vicom Infinity. 

Mentees expand their mainframe knowledge and leave the mentorship with a good foundation of real-world skills, contacts at top technology companies and one step closer to a productive and rewarding career. After each Mentorship Mentees who have done outstanding work may have the opportunity to travel to an LFN conference/event to meet their peers and mentors face-to-face and to present their work to the broader community.

Potential Benefits for Student Mentees

  • Mentees gain exposure to real-world software development by working closely with active developers in the community
  • Mentees get introduced to open source development infrastructure, tooling, and culture
  • Mentees have the hands-on opportunity to do work related to their academic and professional interests and to further the pursuit of those interests
  • Mentees develop close working relationships with open source professionals and industry business leaders to expand their professional network

Now fully integrated with the Linux Foundation’s Mentorship Program, Open Mainframe Project is looking for mentees and projects for the Summer Term, which will run June 1 – August 31. Interested participants can fill out the form here: The deadline to submit your interest is March 31. Once the submission window is closed, Open Mainframe Project mentors will go through the selection process.

March 31, 2021

Application Submission Deadline

April 1-30, 2021

Mentors and Mentees connect and prepare mentorship proposal.

May 1, 2021

Mentee Acceptance Notifications Sent. Mentees should begin research in their chosen project area to be ready to start the mentorship.

June 1, 2021

Mentorships can begin.

July 1, 2021

All mentorships must be started by this date, including the project plan submitted to the mentorship program administrator.

August 31, 2021

All mentorships must be completed and final evaluation forms sent to be considered for participation at an industry conference.

Apply today and sign up for the Open Mainframe Project Slack channel, subscribe to #mentorship to ask questions and stay up to date.