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The following is distilled from the [[Projects]] page for the benefit of potential [http://code.google.com/soc/Google Summer] [http://sophia.estec.esa.int/socis2012/?q=node/13 of Code] students. Although students are welcome to attempt any of the projects in that page or any of their own choosing, here we offer some suggestions on what good student projects might be.
 
The following is distilled from the [[Projects]] page for the benefit of potential [http://code.google.com/soc/Google Summer] [http://sophia.estec.esa.int/socis2012/?q=node/13 of Code] students. Although students are welcome to attempt any of the projects in that page or any of their own choosing, here we offer some suggestions on what good student projects might be.
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= Your steps to apply =
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= Steps Toward a Successful Application =
    
If you like any of the projects described below these are the steps you need to follow to apply:
 
If you like any of the projects described below these are the steps you need to follow to apply:
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# Find out that you would like to work together with us this summer!
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* '''Get to Know Us'''<br>
# Tell us about that and work on your project proposal. Do this together with us! Best place is your wiki user page, see below.
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:If you aren't communicating with us before the application is due, your application will not be accepted.
# Fill out our '''''public''''' application template. This is best done by '''[[Special:CreateAccount|creating an account at this wiki]]''' and copying the '''[[Template:Student_application_template_public|template]]''' from its page. <br/> You really only need to copy and answer the '''''public''''' part there, there is no need to showcase everything else to everybody reading your user page!
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* '''Find Something that Interests You'''<br>
# Fill out our '''''private''''' application template. This is best done by copying the '''[[Template:Student_application_template_private|template]]''' from its page and ''' adding the required information to your application at Google (melange) ''' or at '''ESA'''.<br/> Only the organization admin and the possible mentors will see this data.<br/>You can still edit it after submitting until the deadline!
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: It's critical that you find a project that you are excited about.  You'll be spending most of the summer working on it (we expect you to treat the GSoC as a full-time job).  But don't just tell us how interested you are, show us.  You can do that by fixing a few bugs or interacting with us on IRC well before the deadline.  Our experience shows us that successful GSoC students demonstrate their interest early and often.
# Hang out in our IRC channel, ask questions, submit patches, show us that you are motivated and well-prepared. There sadly will be more applicants than we can mentor with high quality, so do ask for feedback on your public application to increase your odds!
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* '''Prepare Your Proposal with Us'''<br>
# Start implementing your very own proposal! Code the summer away ;-)
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: By working with us to prepare your propsal, you'll be getting to know us and showing us how you approach problems.  The best place for this is your wiki user page and the IRC channel.
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* '''Apply'''<br>
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: Fill out our '''''public''''' application template.<br>
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:: This is best done by '''[[Special:CreateAccount|creating an account at this wiki]]''' and copying the '''[[Template:Student_application_template_public|template]]''' from its page.<br/>
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:: You really only need to copy and answer the '''''public''''' part there, there is no need to showcase everything else to everybody reading your user page!
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: Fill out our '''''private''''' application template.<br>
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:: This is best done by copying the '''[[Template:Student_application_template_private|template]]''' from its page and '''adding the required information to your application at Google (melange)''' or at '''ESA'''.<br>
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:: Only the organization admin and the possible mentors will see this data. You can still edit it after submitting until the deadline!
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* '''Hang out in our IRC channel'''<br>
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: Ask questions, submit patches, show us that you are motivated and well-prepared. There will be more applicants than we can effectively mentor, so do ask for feedback on your public application to increase the strength of your proposal!
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<noinclude>[[Category:Summer of Code]]</noinclude>
 
<noinclude>[[Category:Summer of Code]]</noinclude>
  

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