OpenMRS Mentor and Fellow Opportunities

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OpenMRS is committed to building a diverse, vibrant, and robust community where knowledge and experience is expanded through practical opportunities for anyone and everyone. Many developers and technical writers come to our community via Google mentorship programs. Our aim is to provide opportunities for mid-level technical project managers, developers, and quality assurance specialists to advance their skills in specific technical areas and gain experience through real work that are in demand by implementers.

How does it work?

Fellows develop advanced skill sets by contributing to an OpenMRS squad working on one or more community projects. Each Fellow receives the support and guidance of Fellowship Mentors and other technical experts working together on an active squad or project.

Current projects for OpenMRS Fellows and Fellowship Mentors include:

  • Content management and terminology
  • Automated testing and quality assurance

Current Fellow Opportunities

We are currently looking for 2-3 talented individuals interested in serving as Fellows and/or as Fellowship Mentors in the following areas:

  • Development
  • Quality Assurance (Engineering)

Most Fellow and Fellowship Mentor opportunities are 9 months in duration.

Fellows can be any mid- to senior-level technical project/product manager, developer, quality assurance specialist, or subject matter expert who is interested in expanding their knowledge and skills.

We’re specifically interested in candidates who have:

  • 2-4 years of experience in software development, project or product management, quality assurance, or subject matter expertise (i.e: terminology, test automation, continuous integration)
  • Some experience with processes, tools, and technologies used by the OpenMRS community (examples: tools like Jira and GitHub; libraries like React; frontend automation tools like Cypress or Selenium; integration/automation services like Bamboo or Travis, or integrated code quality checks. Not all these are required!)
  • Demonstrates initiative to identify different problems and proposes thoughtful solutions for those problems in a team setting
  • Dedication to the OpenMRS mission, vision, and values
  • Open to exploring and applying open source principles
  • Able to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Good communication skills with team members and with guests on team calls

Current Mentor Opportunities

We are seeking open source software development professionals with 5-8 years experience in one or more areas of expertise, specifically in software engineering, quality assurance, etc to serve as Mentors. We are open to working with Mentors unfamiliar with OpenMRS who can bring a unique skill set to our community (i.e: FHIR, React, technical writing, test automation, product management, etc).

Mentors will gain experience:

  • Collaborating with the OpenMRS community, and in some cases, other open source projects that contribute to our shared mission
  • Identifying learning opportunities
  • Transferring knowledge and skills to another person
  • Assessing learning or professional growth

Note that Fellows with advanced skills and/or experience in a specific area are eligible to serve as Mentors. Mentors are eligible to receive a stipend.

How to apply

To apply, Fellow and Mentor candidates complete the Fellowship Program Application and submit a cover letter and CV. The cover letter should include:

  • type of fellowship you are applying for (Development, Product Management, QA, SME, etc)
  • project(s) that you are interested in,
  • experience working on open source projects,
  • your technical experience,
  • professional development goals,
  • interest in serving as a Mentor, and
  • any other information that you believe is relevant.

Applications are due on February 28, 2021. Priority will be given to candidates submitting their application by February 15, 2021.

For more details, please see the OpenMRS Fellowship Guide and direct any questions to community@openmrs.org.

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