RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The name “Outreachy” is a funny-sounding word, but the program used by Raleigh-based Red Hat is providing a very serious and beneficial service to people entering the workforce every year.
“The idea is to create opportunities for internships in areas where people are often discriminated against,” said Don Farr, head of global talent acquisition at Red Hat.
“(It’s) small countries but also in the U.S.,” he added.
Petra Sargent is a graduate of the Outreachy program. She reentered the workforce after five years away. Even with a master’s degree and background in technology, she realized it was going to be a different working world from the one she left.
“Outreachy was open to those who are underrepresented in tech and wanted to learn about open source and that is what I was looking for,” said Sargent.
She turned her Outreachy internship into a career at Red Hat as an associate manager for content services.
She had a message for others who find themselves in a similar position.
“I wanted to talk to the people who are relaunching, who feel like they can’t – they’re not able to do it, it’s too late – it is possible to relaunch,” she said.