Google is once again taking applications for the Summer of Code program, which offers students the opportunity to work with a mentor and contribute to various open-source projects. The program will accept 1000 students, down from 1175 last year, and will reward those who complete their given project with up to $4500. Some projects that have been worked on in the past include the Linux Kernel and working with the Apache Foundation. This will likely provide a great chance to get your feet wet in the industry as well as make important contacts for when you graduate. If I wasn’t already working full time I’d certainly throw my name in the hat for this.