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George Mason University-Amazon Teacher Externship Program FAQs

What is the program schedule?

Program schedule:

  • Externship placement with an Amazon team in summer 2021: 2 weeks (July 19 - 30)
  • 3-credit hour graduate course: 6 weeks throughout summer 2021 (July 6 – August 15)
  • Workshop in fall 2021 (exact dates TBA)
  • Participation in a Professional Learning Community: 1 online meeting per month throughout the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Students participate in surveys: during the 2021-2022 academic year
  • George Mason researchers do classroom observations: during the 2021-2022 academic year

What will the externship at Amazon be like?

GMU-Amazon Externship Program participants will work in externships with Amazon for 2 weeks during the summer, taking on authentic projects, shadowing Amazon engineers and computer scientists, contributing their expertise to the organization and experiencing the opportunities that STEM and computing careers offer. Teachers are paid a stipend of $6,500 for their work.

What will the course at George Mason University be like?

Classroom-Based Learning and Reflection
Teachers also take a free 3-credit graduate course (6 weeks) during which they develop a Project-Based Learning (PBL) computer science lesson plan that they can bring back to their middle and high school classrooms.

Who can apply?

This program is open to all middle and high school public school STEM and computer science teachers in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. No prior experience in computer science is required, but it is suggested. 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.

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

Do teachers receive a stipend for participating?

Yes. Teachers will receive a stipend of $6,500 for participation in all components of the program. Tuition will also be paid for teachers to take a 3-credit hour graduate course at George Mason University. Additionally, teachers will get to participate in a free workshop to prepare to take the Praxis Exam to become licensed to teach computer science.

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