The Facebook Open Academy is designed to get computer science students involved in Facebook open-source projects and better prepare them for a job after graduation. Since social media is now a huge and fast-moving part of the Internet, this partnership between 22 notable US universities and Facebook is an interesting approach to learning. Participants will receive class credits for working with Open Academy and it is truly a unique opportunity from one of the largest social media networks today.
Facebook notes that the Open Academy is not just about generating lines of code. A post from Facebook Engineering describes that: "project management and interpersonal relationships can have as much impact on software design as technical issues." This complex team project is an incredible opportunity for young computer science students to work with mentors who will give them practical job experience that could even turn into a job with Facebook.
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