Interns will spearhead networking innovation in SDN working with industry technologists

Budding network developers eager to earn their stripes just got a new opportunity.

The OpenDaylight Project, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, has announced a summer program that will enable five students to garner real-world development experience on OpenDaylight’s next open software release, called Helium.

OpenDaylight says that the internships will be of interest to student developers who want to obtain real-world development experience in software-defined networking (SDN). The five selected students will work with mentors on new development projects, such as automated cluster testing, creating a better host tracker or on self-submitted projects. Interns will work remotely and receive a stipend.

The deadline for applications is April 25 and the program runs from May 19 to Aug. 22.

“We are seeing a fundamental shift in the way networks are architected and managed, the current crop of students has a chance to get a front row seat to this transformation,” Neela Jacques, executive director of the OpenDaylight Project, said in a release. “Participating in a project like OpenDaylight gives a student an unparalleled chance to gain broad exposure to a range of technologies, developers and technology providers, while writing real code for the project.”

The OpenDaylight open source community is made up of developers who are collaborating across companies to create a common, open SDN and NFV (network functions virtualization) platform. The OpenDaylight Project is a collaborative open source project that aims to accelerate SDN adoption and build a foundation for NFV “for a more transparent approach that fosters new innovation and reduces risk.”

OpenDaylight is an SDN controller written in Java and utilizing OSGi (open services gateway initiative) bundles to promote modularity and easy extensibility. The controller exposes both RESTful and OSGi interfaces for applications and controller services and also has a pluggable architecture allowing for multiple and different network protocols

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