Summer of Code
Each year Google funds university students to spend 12 weeks working with an open source project. As Plone has been accepted as a participant for the fourth year running applications from students are currently being accepted.
If you're a student interested in being paid $5000 (USD) to spend your summer working on improving Plone you're encouraged to apply to Google Summer of Code. In addition to the funding provided by Google you'll be assigned a mentor to get you involved in core development and ensure you get the help you need to complete your project.
In order to apply you need to propose a project and have it accepted. There are some examples of projects that we'd like to see on the Plone section of the summer of code website if you need some inspiration. Whether you decide to apply for one of the projects on that list or your own idea we're very happy to give you feedback and you can continue improving your proposal even after the application deadline.
You can also get feedback on your ideas via the normal Plone mailing lists and IRC by asking in #plone but ensure you submit the an application well in advance of the deadline, even if it's a draft.
April 9 - Student application deadline.
April 21 - Google's deadline for our decision of accepted students.
April 26 - Announcement of accepted students.
Click here to learn more about the Summer of Code.