Pesto Open Source Apprenticeship

Pesto is a 12-week training program where we teach software engineers in India how to be effective remote employees and then help them break into international tech careers via full-time remote jobs.

During the last four weeks of training students complete an open source apprenticeship, where they contribute to popular open source projects for free.

Goal of the apprenticeship

The goal of the apprenticeship is to give engineers hands-on experience working in a fully remote environment. Contributing to open source not only helps them sharpen their technical skills but also refine their soft skills like learning how to communicate through Github issues, collaborating across time zones, incorporating feedback from code reviews, etc.

What projects are eligible?

Any maintainer can submit their project. However, students choose projects based on their areas of interest and the project's likelihood to help them get a job. [1]

We currently use full-stack JavaScript with React during our training program. Therefore open source projects that are primarily JavaScript/TypeScript/Node/React/Redux/etc are more likely to be selected. [2]

What is expected from maintainers?

  • A 30-minute on-boarding video call during the first week to get to know each other and clear up any questions [3]
  • A list of "good first time contributor" issues to get started
  • Timely pull-request review so that the engineer doesn't get blocked since they will be devoting around 5 hours per day Mon-Fri to the project
  • Complete a short survey at the end that will serve as a performance review

We do not expect any technical mentorship beyond what would be given to other contributors that make pull requests to your project. The students have access to our senior engineering teaching staff to guide them if they get stuck.

If you are interested in submitting a project, please fill out form below and we will be in touch.



  1. Don't worry if your company or organization isn't directly interested in hiring. Many awesome projects are maintained by people or organizations with no open positions or no interest in hiring remotely. We still want to list your project 🙂
  2. Examples of successful past projects: Reddit Enhancement Suite, p5.js, Stryker
  3. We have a new batch of students selecting their projects each month. If a student is interested in working on your project, they will reach out two weeks before their selected start date to confirm that you are still available and that the project is still a good fit.