School of Education - George Mason University

Mason-Amazon Teacher Externship

Are you a STEM teacher looking for a way to inspire students and help prepare them for the future?

Consider joining the George Mason University-Amazon Teacher Externship Program!


Due to restrictions because of the pandemic, the Amazon Teaching Externship with George Mason University and the Maryland Chamber Foundation has been slightly altered. The entire computer science teaching experience will last six weeks, with an expected start date of early July.

The course offered by George Mason will span six weeks and included two weeks of job shadowing of Amazon professionals. The 3-credit graduate level course will be offered virtually. The Amazon experience will run for two weeks for four days a week. This will also be a virtual experience with the possibility of some in-person meetings, depending on COVID-19 case numbers.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding and for your interest in this unique program.

About the Program

George Mason University is partnering with Amazon to provide paid externship experience for STEM and computer science teachers so they can experience first-hand what computing careers might look like for their students. Through their Amazon externships, and a companion graduate level project-based learning course, participating teachers can improve their computing skills and enhance how they teach computer science to students in order to spark students’ interests in computing careers.

Who Can Apply?

Open to all public middle and high school science, technology, engineering, math, and Career and Technology Education teachers (grades 6-12) in Virginia, DC, and Maryland. Preference will be given to teachers who are interested in teaching computer science classes or becoming licensed to teach computer science, and teachers who are interested in integrating computer science into their instruction. Educators can apply individually or in teams of two from their school. Each applicant should submit their own application and indicate that you are applying as part of a team.

What Will I Do?

Each participant will:

  • Complete a 2-week paid externship at Amazon in the summer of 2021
  • Take a 3-credit hour course at George Mason University during the summer of 2021 (participants will get 3 graduate credit hours at no cost to them)
  • Have the option of participating in a free workshop to prepare to take the Praxis Exam to become licensed to teach computer science
  • Participate in a Professional Learning Community during the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Participate in surveys, interviews, and observations as requested

How Will I Be Compensated?

Participants who complete all parts of the program will receive a $6,500 stipend, 3 graduate credit hours from George Mason University, and a free workshop to prepare to take the Praxis Exam to become licensed to teach Computer Science.

The application window has closed. Candidates will be notified in the spring of 2021 if they’ve been selected for an interview.

Dr. Amy Hutchison and Dr. Erdogan Kaya are the faculty coordinators for the GMU-Amazon Teacher Externship Program and will develop and lead the initiative for Mason.

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Shanika Hope serves as principal of Amazon’s flagship program, Amazon Future Engineers, and will collaborate with George Mason faculty in the Amazon externship program.