Many of our students have went on to get jobs in the database industry after GSOC, and we have a high rate of “you wrote the code, it will end up the main release”.
Are you a student and databases are not your thing? I’d go look at other projects which have been successful with GSOC and see if there are anything that interests you. Open source is an awesome way to get real world experience developing software.
Originally posted on http://blog.krow.net/.