Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is Amazon Future Engineer?
    Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part, childhood-to-career program aimed at inspiring and educating hundreds of thousands of 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 after school computer science workshops, coding camps hosted at schools and various Amazon locations, and online computer science courses. Our robotics grant program provides more than 150 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.

    High School: Amazon Future Engineer currently provides 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. Additionally, all educators and students participating in this program have access to a no-cost membership with AWS Educate, Amazon’s global initiative to provide students comprehensive resources for building skills in cloud technology. Students will receive content to learn about cloud computing and access to the AWS cloud for their coding projects.

    Scholarship: Each year, 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: Each year, 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 Amazon employees rely on day in and day out.
  • How much money is Amazon spending on this program?
    Amazon Future Engineer is a big part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in computer science over the next five years. Amazon Future Engineer has also donated more than $20 million to organizations that promote computer science/STEM education across the country.
  • 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 underserved and underrepresented communities, do not offer computer science classes, and only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree. 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.

    Whether these students pursue computer science as a career someday or not, this skill-set is becoming increasingly important across a wide variety of fields, and students also gain critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • What is unique about Amazon Future Engineer?
    Our program is unique in its long-term vision, it’s laser focus on students from underserved and underrepresented communities, and our 4-year, $40,000 scholarship paired with a paid internship is also unique – no other company is offering something at this scale.
  • How does Amazon Future Engineer fit into Amazon's larger community engagement investments?
    Amazon is committed to helping more children and young adults, especially those from underrepresented and underserved communities, have the resources and skills they need to build their best future. Amazon focuses on building long-term, innovative, and high impact programs that leverage Amazon’s unique assets and culture. Initiatives include Amazon Future Engineer, designed to inspire and excite hundreds of thousands of children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities each year to try computer science, as well as programs that support immediate needs, including addressing family homelessness through donations and housing a homeless shelter in its Seattle headquarters, as well as global relief efforts for people in need following natural disasters.
  • 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. If a program is closed or you don't see an opportunity, be sure to sign up to Stay Informed--we are always opening waitlist slots or launching new programs.
  • 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.