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Open Mainframe Project Mentorship Program

The Open Mainframe Project is intended to serve as a focal point for deployment and use of Linux and Open Source in a mainframe computing environment. The Project intends to increase collaboration across the mainframe community and to develop shared tool sets and resources. Furthermore, the Project seeks to involve the participation of academic institutions to assist in teaching and educating the mainframe engineers and developers of tomorrow.

Through the Open Mainframe Project Mentorship Program, mentees will be able to....

  • Expand their knowledge of mainframe technology
  • Help contribute to open source projects that will make it easier for these infrastructure applications to run on mainframe.
  • Learn crucial skills for a intern to be successful in a technology role within today's enterprise, including but not limited to project planning, communication, problem solving, and scoping.
  • Be exposed to potential employers which help them transition into their career path successfully.

Ideas for mentorships

You can view the current interest areas for mentorships on our mentorship ideas page. You can also review the past work done and upstream contributions made by mentorships.

Mentorship programs supported

The Mentorship Program manages mentorships on these platforms:

LFX Mentorship

Open Mainframe Project funds mentorship projects on the LFX Mentorship platform, aligning with the defined program schedule and timeline.

If you are interested in participating as a mentee, please apply and indicate projects you would like to participate in for a mentorship at

If you are not an Open Mainframe Project hosted project and wish to host a mentorship, please contact the Open Mainframe Project Mentorship Program Administrator.

Google Summer of Code

The Open Mainframe Project has applied to be a Google Summer of Code Mentoring Organization in 2021. More details coming soon.

Direct partnerships with Academic Institutions for class credit

Mentorships can also be done as a part of an acadmeic class, such as a self-study or capstone program. Mentees should have thier academic institution advisor or instructor contact the Open Mainframe Project Mentorship Program Administrator to coordinate on requirements needed to complete this.


You can join the #mentorship channel on the OMP Slack to connect and discuss the program.

Program Statistics

Check out the past class of mentees who have participated in the program.

Year Program Mentorships Total (per year)
2021 [LFX] 17 17
2020 Community Bridge 9 9
2019 Direct Managed 8 8
2018 Direct Managed 11 11
2017 Direct Managed 8 8
2016 Direct Managed 7 7

Past mentees also recieve the below digital badge when they successfully complete the mentorship program.



Open Mainframe Project Mentorship Program resources




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