Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is Amazon Future Engineer?
    Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part, childhood-to-career program aimed at inspiring and educating 10 million students from underrepresented and underserved communities each year to try computer science and coding.
  • What are the different pieces of the program?
    K-8: Amazon Future Engineer provides thousands of students with afterschool computer science workshops, coding camps hosted at schools and various Amazon locations, and online computer science courses. Our robotics grant program provides more than 100 schools with FIRST memberships, more funding for computer science, and access to tours of Amazon Robotics fulfillment centers. We are particularly focused on making sure more students from underrepresented and underserved communities give computer science a try because research shows they are far more likely to pursue computer science later into their academic career if they can have this early exposure. Amazon Future Engineer also funds inspiring experiences such as Code.org’s Hour of Code: Dance Party, reaching students all over the world.

    High School: Soon, Amazon Future Engineer will provide more than 2,000 schools that serve students from underrepresented and underserved communities across the country with Intro to Computer Science and AP Computer Science classes. Amazon’s funding provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students. The full-year courses are designed to inspire, prepare, and propel students in their pursuit of a computer science education. All students participating in this program will also receive a free membership to AWS Educate, which provides them with free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing.

    Scholarship: Amazon Future Engineer provides 100 students from underrepresented and underserved communities planning to study computer science at a four-year college or university with $10,000/year scholarships.

    Internship: Amazon Future Engineer offers the 100 scholarship recipients a guaranteed, paid internship at Amazon after their first year of college. Interns partner with a technical mentor and manager, as well as other interns, to innovate and create new features and services on behalf of Amazon customers.
  • Why is Amazon doing this?
    Amazon is committed to helping more students, especially students from underrepresented and underserved communities, have the resources and skills they need to build their best futures.

    Amazon is known for its long-term thinking style and we know that coding is the language of the future. Additionally, STEM education and computer science are ingrained into the work many Amazonians rely on day in and day out.
  • How much money is Amazon spending on this program?
    Our Amazon Future Engineer is a large part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in computer science and STEM over the next five years.
  • How do you know this is important right now?
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Computer science is the fastest growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field, and the average computer science major makes 40% more in lifetime earnings than the average college graduate, and nearly three times more than the average high school alumna, according to independent research from Code.org. Despite the opportunity, the vast majority of public elementary and high schools, particularly in less advantaged communities, do not offer computer science classes, and only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through our programs, we provide exposure to the field and create a childhood-to-career pathway for students to have more resources to build their best futures.
  • What is unique about Amazon Future Engineer?
    There are a few things that make this program particularly unique – the long-term focus, which is a big piece of Amazon’s culture, and our pursuit of access for students specifically from underrepresented and underserved communities.

    Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part program – it’s not just one-and-done. The long-term vision of our program – from childhood to career – is intended to stick with students throughout their academic career, and involves K-8 interaction, high school, and the opportunity for great scholarships and internships. Research shows that this long term investment is more beneficial for students.

    Amazon Future Engineer is focused on providing access for more students, who otherwise would not have this opportunity due to a variety of educational barriers. We do prioritize schools that serve communities as defined by Title I funding and schools that serve underrepresented and underserved students. We want more students to be able to decide if computer science is something they want to pursue as it could lead to a great, rewarding career, or, it could be a great skill to have in their back pocket for whatever career they pursue.

    Amazon Future Engineer is also unique in that it offers $10,000/year college scholarships for students studying computer science at four year colleges and universities. These scholarship recipients are also offered a guaranteed, paid internship at Amazon the summer after their freshman year of college.
  • How does Amazon Future Engineer fit into Amazon's larger community engagement investments?
    Amazon has long been committed to communities where our employees live and work and we focus on building long-term, innovative, and high impact programs that leverage Amazon’s unique assets and culture. We want more children and young adults to have the resources and skills to build their best future. We concentrate on “right now needs” – via programs that address hunger, homelessness, and disaster relief efforts – as well as programs like Amazon Future Engineer, designed to inspire and excite children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities to pursue careers in the rapidly growing field of computer science.

    We believe we are uniquely positioned to inspire and educate more than 10 million students each year from underrepresented and under-served communities across the U.S. to try computer science and coding, and pursue a career in the high-demand field of computer science.

    For more on Amazon’s community investments, check out our About Amazon site https://www.aboutamazon.com/our-communities and follow @AmazonNews on social media.
  • Who can apply to Amazon Future Engineer?
    Students, teachers, school administrators, and parents/guardians can apply to different stages of the Amazon Future Engineer program. To see if Amazon Future Engineer is a fit for you, your school, your students, or your child, check out our programs. Note – if the program you are interested in is waitlisted, please continue to check back.
  • I'd like to share Amazon Future Engineer content on social media - what should I do?
    Amazon Future Engineer would love that. We hope you use #AmazonFutureEngineer in your post and also tag @AmazonNews on Twitter and Instagram.
  • I have a question about an Amazon Future Engineer program - what should I do?
    Please visit www.amazonfutureengineer.com to see if your question is answered on our website. If not, feel free to e-mail afe-contact@amazon.com with any additional questions you may have.
  • If I need to contact someone from Amazon Public Relations, what should I do?
    For media/communications inquiries about Amazon Future Engineer, please e-mail amazon-pr@amazon.com and someone will get back to you ASAP.
  • I'd like to read a bit more about the program - where should I look?
    Please visit www.aboutamazon.com for articles and stories about our program.