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CNCF Mentoring Initiatives

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) participates in a variety of mentoring programs. CNCF is a great place to spend time learning, coding, documenting, participating, and contributing. We look forward to your application and your project ideas!

This repository contains resources and information for the CNCF Mentoring Program. The program is designed to match experienced mentors with mentees who are interested in learning about cloud native technologies and contributing to open source projects in the ecosystem.


In this repository, you will find a number of resources to help you get started and make the most of your mentoring experience.

These include:

The mentors and mentees folders provide guidance on how to be an effective mentor or mentee. The programs folder provides a list of programs for mentees to work on with their mentors. This initiative is guided by the Mentoring Working Group. More information about meetings, communication and activities can be found in the mentoring-wg section of this repository.


Participation in the CNCF Mentoring Program is open to anyone who is interested in learning about cloud native technologies and contributing to open source projects in the ecosystem.

Contact If you have any questions or need help getting started, please reach out through our various communication channels.

Mentoring Programs

Program Purpose Details and historical data
LFX Mentorship Mentoring initiative by the Linux Foundation lfx-mentorship
Google Summer of Code Mentoring program for open source beginners summerofcode
Outreachy Mentoring initiative for the communities traditionally underrepresented in tech outreachy

Program Statistics

These are the number of successful internships per year for each program.

Year Program Internships Total (per year)
2024 LFX Mentorship
2023 LFX Mentorship 127 144
GSoC 14
GSoD 2
Outreachy 1
2022 LFX Mentorship 87 106
GSoC 16
GSoD 3
2021 LFX Mentorship 86 104
GSoC 16
GSoD 1
Outreachy 1
2020 LFX Mentorship (CommunityBridge) 50 71
GSoC 16
GSoD 4
Outreachy 1
2019 CommunityBridge 4 20
GSoC 15
Outreachy 1
2018 GSoC 7 8
Outreachy 1
2017 GSoC 6 8
Outreachy 2

Code of Conduct

Please note that CNCF Mentoring programs follow the CNCF Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.

Thank you for participating in the CNCF Mentoring Program!