The day after I returned from our Houses SXSW outing, I had an interview for an internship position at the Open Media Foundation for a web development position. Shortly thereafter, I received an e-mail asking when I could start, and since then, I’ve been working two-to-three days a week there.
The OMF builds websites for non-profit organizations; this seemed like a perfect fit for me because I’ve always wanted to somehow utilize my web development skills in the non-profit sector. They build websites almost exclusively using Drupal, and it’s here that I went from knowing virtually nothing about Drupal, to being able to build and deploy my own Drupal sites from start to finish.
Aside from the skills I’ve developed, the OMF, more than anything, has taught me the importance of having a community (in Drupal’s case, one of well over 10,000) and I can’t imagine going back to building web pages or apps from scratch.
The staff there was extraordinarily friendly and my time there was well-spent. If you are a student looking for a web development internship, I would highly recommend the OMF. If you’re a non-profit looking for a website (and you’ve already decided to pass on my services :) ), then this is also the place for you.