GitHub Announces Externships Winter Cohort


GitHub has announced the GitHub Externships Winter Cohort, as the company continues to support India’s talented student developers. This season GitHub has added a new DevSecOps track, along with Open Source, to help college students gain deeper software development skills. With the support of partners including Deepsource, Appwrite, TigerGraph, Symbl.AI, Hoppscotch, FamPay, Zeeve, Abridged Inc, Leverice, Saraverse, and many more, providing projects and mentors, the GitHub Externships will help nurture talent and enable the next generation of developers in India to drive the country’s digital future.

The latest India Skills report 2021 highlights 85.92% of students are looking at internships to kickstart their careers. This is understandable, considering roles in today’s evolving digital economy require highly skilled talent, often with hands-on experience. With over one million new engineering graduates in India every year, it is imperative that the industry works together to equip future developers with the skills and the experience they need to succeed in the real world.

At GitHub Satellite India 2021, the company announced the GitHub Externships, to help college students in India get real-world experience engaging with enterprises across the country, as well as collaborate on open source projects with other developers on GitHub. This builds on GitHub’s Campus Program by providing students a unique opportunity to engage with companies in India, via fellowship programs, and building the right skills future developers need to succeed in an enterprise environment. Students are mentored on real-world projects and gain skills around cloud technologies, software development methodologies and, most importantly, software development collaboration. This program really connects the dots between open source, the next generation of software developers, and successful companies.

Maneesh Sharma, General Manager, GitHub India, said: “Students hold a special place in our hearts. They are our next generation of developers who will continue to drive software innovation forward for our digital nation. That’s why, as we continue to support India’s talented student developers, we’re thrilled to announce the GitHub Externships Winter Cohort.

Sharma continued: “Mentors, organization representatives and open source maintainers have been truly amazed by the energy, enthusiasm and commitment shown by the students in our first cohort. Through the program, participants received meaningful mentorship and hands-on experience, enhancing their job prospects. In fact, many organizations extended pre-placement offers to some of the students.”

The first cohort this summer received in excess of 1300 student applications from 175 higher education institutions that are participating in the GitHub Campus Program62 students were selected as GitHub Externs to work with projects and mentors from 18 organizations. Students gained an invaluable learning experience, working on diverse projects, such as:

  • Creating a parser for processing OpenAPI requests faster
  • Working on winkJS for NLP in node.js
  • Devising a custom Blockchain consensus algorithm
  • Integrating real-live video collaboration platform API development
  • Image optimization and cropping algorithms


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