Apart from studying ourselves, It would also be interesting to do a case
study of similar student participatory programs and take best practices and
incorporate them. Google Summer of Code would be a classic example, though
its a summer contract, but some of the aspects are worth comparing.

1. GSoC has a steep(okay relatively much higher) barrier to entry to
attract the cream of students inturn the number of students would be
significantly less.
2. Many students continue to contribute to the organization / open source
in general beyond the contract
3. Strong staging process to cross the gates(merging the codeline happens
mostly post final evaluation) ensures impact of the student does not affect
the community.
4. Many communities are largely happy to participate in GSoC since they
usually get contributors to the community.
5. Communication models that exist in the program, typically there would be
hardly anyone from the city / country for that matter to mentor. The
communication happens online inspite of timezone differences.
6. GSoC gives a huge money as motivation, but most students join the
program for reasons beyond money though they swipe the cards :D

There are few students on this list who took the same program with WMF,
they could share some insights too!

Srikanth L
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