Jennie Rose Halperin, SILS Graduate Student, Receives Internship

December 4, 2013

Jennie Rose HalperinJennie Rose Halperin, Master’s student at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received one of 31 internships offered by the Outreach Program for Women (OPW).

The OPW focuses on free and open source software (FOSS). Its Outreach Program for Women internships have been "inspired in many ways by Google Summer of Code and by how few women applied for it in the past." 

According to the Web site, “Free and Open Source Software is software that gives the user the freedom to use, copy, study, change and improve it. FOSS contributors believe that this is the best way to develop software because it benefits society, creates a fun collaborative community around a project, and allows anyone to make innovative changes that reach many people.”

Halperin’s internship includes working for three months for Mozilla Firefox in the Community Development Department. She will be working to involve librarians as part of the Mozilla community. 

“I’m thrilled for Jennie Rose,” said Dr. Jane Greenberg, professor and director of the Metadata Research Center at SILS.  “She has developed an excellent skillset and brings a fantastic inquisitive nature to her work. I’m confident that her fellowship will be a win/win for both her and Mozilla Firefox.”

The OPW is organized by the GNOME Foundation with special support from Red Hat. The internships for this round of awardees were sponsored by:

  • Equalizer: Wikimedia Foundation
  • Promoters: Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Mozilla, Open Source Robotics Foundation
  • Includers: Cloudera, Codethink, Debian, GNOME Foundation, Linaro, OpenStack Foundation,  Rackspace, Red Hat

During her time at Mozilla, Halperin will be assigned a mentor and will collaborate with members of her project team while working remotely from her home. Her project will include community work with Mozilla and metadata development and outreach. She will receive a stipend of $5,000.

Women who have not previously participated in the program for OPW or the Google Summer of Code may apply to participate. For more information, visit: