Being a mentor is very rewarding and is a great way to contribute to the OGRE project in an alternative way; by guiding and assisting students to do some great work with it over the summer holidays instead of getting a far less interesting job somewhere else.
If you're interested in being a mentor, here's what you'll need:
- A proven track record with Ogre - in practice that means you've been around for probably 2+ years and have been active in the community
- An interest in passing on your skills to others and helping them to achieve the best they can
- Time and patience - you'll need a minimum of 5 hours available a week, a little more at crunch times
- Reliability - you need to be available to your student consistently for the whole summer, and will need to meet review deadlines
- You'll have been involved in probably the most remarkable open source internship programme around
- You'll gain experience in guiding more junior developers
- You'll make a new friend (probably, assuming you and the student get along which is usually the case)
- You can legitimately drop the killer line "I'm a mentor" at parties*
- Mentors receive US$500 at the end of the programme (although if that got your attention, you're not the right person)
Please see the programme timeline and the FAQ for more information.
If you're interested, drop me a line in this thread or at my email firstname.lastname@example.org .