Outreach programs overview

This page describes what it’s like to participate in a Zulip outreach program, such as Google Summer of Code (GSoC) or Outreachy.

About Zulip

Zulip is the only modern team chat app that is ideal for both live and asynchronous conversations. Zulip has a web app, a cross-platform mobile app for iOS and Android, cross-platform desktop and terminal apps, and over 100 native integrations. The entire Zulip codebase is 100% open source.

Zulip has been gaining in popularity since it was released as open source software in late 2015, with code contributions from over 1000 people from all around the world. Thousands of people use Zulip every day, and your work on Zulip will have meaningful impact on their experience.

As an organization, we value engaged, responsive mentorship and making sure our product quality is extremely high. You can expect to receive disciplined code reviews by highly experienced engineers. Since Zulip is a team chat product, your internship experience with the Zulip project will be highly interactive.

“The experience of working with Zulip for the summer was really phenomenal and taught me a lot about software development and working with a community. Zulip has one of the best open source communities out there who are super friendly and welcoming. You learn a lot just by watching others work and talk.” – Sai Rohitth Chiluka, Zulip GSoC 2021 participant

As part of our commitment to mentorship, Zulip has over 160,000 words of documentation for developers, much of it designed to explain not just how Zulip works, but why Zulip works the way that it does. To learn more about our mission and values, check out this blog post!

Outreach program experience

Zulip has been a GSoC mentoring organization since 2016, and we accept 12-20 GSoC participants each summer. We have also mentored several interns through the Outreachy program, and hundreds of Google Code-In participants.

Zulip operates under a group mentorship model. While you will have an assigned mentor, you will also get lots of feedback from other members of the Zulip development community by posting your questions and ideas in public channels. We encourage outreach program participants to help each other out as well!

Program participants work on a variety of issues in their areas of interest, from major features to small bugs. You will see your work integrated into Zulip throughout the program, and even experience the impact of the changes yourself in the development community chat.

Many program participants stay involved with the project past the official end of the program. A number of folks who get started as participants go on to mentor the next cohort, and several have joined Zulip’s team of core maintainers.

To learn more about the experience of doing an outreach program with Zulip:

  • Check out our blog posts about Zulip’s 2023, 2022, and 2021 Google Summer of Code programs.

  • Watch our 3-minute video about what it’s like to do GSoC with Zulip.

  • Watch our Having a Great GSoC Google Summer of Code Community Talk.

  • Read our guide to having an amazing experience with Zulip’s outreach programs.

“It has been the best summer I’ve ever had! I’m thankful to my mentors, my peers, Zulip, and Google for providing me an opportunity of getting involved in the community! You have helped and supported me to become a better software developer and a passionate open-source contributor.” – Sarthak Garg, Zulip GSoC 2021 participant