Open Mainframe Project Launches Summer Internship to Train the Next Generation of Mainframe Engineers

The Open Mainframe Project (OMP), an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, announced the launch of this year's internship program with 9 global students. Each intern will be paired with mentors from member organizations such as Red Hat, IBM, Sine Nomine Associates and SUSE who designed a project to address a specific mainframe development or research challenge.

According to OMP, mainframes are often seen as traditional and antiquated technology. However, the mainframe is the core IT system handling critical data and applications for organizations in finance, retail, insurance, transportation and the government. Citing data from Forrester, the OMP says that 96% of new initiatives are powered by mainframes.

In its fourth year, the annual OMP internship program has helped 32 students learn more and gain experience with Linux, open source and mainframes. This year, almost 100 applicants applied, which is a 43% increase from 2018. As a result, OMP increased the number of interns to 9 with six projects including compliance engine, dockerHub development stacks, BoringSSL, Kubernates on Z, and Zowe, the Open Mainframe Project's framework that strengthens integration with modern enterprise applications. The mentors will provide regular evaluations and feedback during the 15-week program, which kicks off this week. Interns can work from anywhere and will be invited to travel to an industry conference where they will recap their experience at the end of the internship.

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