The first free-software internship in the UK is being held at the University of Sussex, and offers an excellent opportunity to learn and work in the industry.
The program, which is open to software engineers, offers a one-month internship at the Department of Computer Science, where students will spend four weeks working in an area of the department dedicated to free software, including the research of free software.
“It’s about getting a sense of what it’s like to be a software engineer, but also learning about what it takes to build a software product,” said Andrew Miller, a computer science undergraduate at the university.
“It’s not just about being a software developer.
There are many other tasks involved.”
The program is open, and the course is taught by professors from Sussex, University College London, and University College Dublin.
“We’re trying to create a kind of mentoring environment,” said David Taggart, director of the software engineering department.
“I think it’s going to be very interesting to see how the students respond.
There’s a lot of good people there, and I think they’re going to enjoy it.”
While the course focuses on free software development, the students will also learn the ins and outs of using a wide range of software applications, and gain hands-on experience in a range of projects.
“The goal of the course, which we call Free Software Engineering, is to get students to understand how to create and manage free software software projects,” said Taggard.
“A lot of students are working on software that is very much in the cloud.
They want to create something that is easy to install, and they’re thinking about how to make it easy to scale.”
Free Software Engineering gives students a chance to learn how to build their own software, as well as working with the developers of free applications.
“Free software, or software developed for free, is an open-source software project that has become popular in recent years.
Software engineers, software developers and even people who work in software engineering departments are encouraged to apply for a position in the program.
The course is being run as part of the university’s new software engineering and software development programme, which aims to provide graduates with a new outlook on how the UK develops and supports the development of new software.
The University of Southampton’s Free Software Enterprise Development (FSD) program is currently accepting applications for the summer of 2019.