Q. I’m a student interested in the Trailblazer program. Can I
A. Students and fellows must be nominated by a partner organization in
order to apply for the Trailblazer program. Please see the eligibility
sections for Students and Fellows for details on the nomination process.
Q. How long is the Trailblazer program?
A. For students, the Trailblazer program consists of one active year, after which
you remain in the Trailblazer Alumni community until you finish secondary school.
For Fellows, the Trailblazer program consists of one active year, after which you
remain in the Trailblazer Alumni community for the duration of your career in CS
Education (annual renewal and demonstrated active educational outreach will be
Q. What happens after I finish high school/secondary school?
A. When you finish secondary school, you will be become part of the Trailblazer
alumni community, and will be connected with Google’s University Programs team
[insert hyperlink to Google Students] to learn about relevant opportunities.
Q. If I’m not a Trailblazer, is there something for me?
A. We understand that not everyone can be a Trailblazer, but we do want to make
sure everyone understands how CS applies to them. If you are interested in other
opportunities offered by Google, please visit our Google Students and Google in
Education pages. For external opportunities, please visit Google RISE Awards and
Code.org [hyperlink to all].
Q. I am related to a Google employee. Can I still apply?
A. Trailblazer is designed as an outreach program to give students who lack
access to information about CS education the opportunity to do so through
engagement with our network of advocates. As Googlers, we pride ourselves
in having access to the resources for our own children - therefore students who
are related to a current Google employee or member of the Board of Directors are
excluded from participating in the program.
Q. I am a Trailblazer and I have friends who want to join. How can I get
A. The best way to do this is to get them involved with the organization that
nominated you. By doing this, you are already acting like a Trailblazer!
Q. How do I know if I have been nominated or not?
A. Don’t worry, you will know if you’ve been nominated! You will receive
written confirmation from the partner organization nominating you, directing you
how to apply to the program.
Q. How many hours of my time will this program take up on a weekly
A. In your first year of engagement, the average amount of time required to
participate in the online community will be 2 - 5 hours per week. During the 3
month Online Academy, the average engagement time will be 5 - 10 hours per week.
Once you have completed your first year, engagement time will be based upon how
active you choose to be in the Alumni Network.
Q. Will there be travel involved as a Trailblazer?
A.Travel will be required for the Global Summit in Mountain View, CA from
October 9- 11, 2013. Travel will not be required as a
Trailblazer Student or Fellow otherwise.
Q. Do I have to pay any money to be part of this program?
A. There is no financial cost to participate. The only thing you have to give is
your time and enthusiasm!
Q. Will I receive money as part of my Trailblazer experience?
A. No, this not a paid opportunity, nor is this considered employment with
Google, Inc or any of it’s subsidiaries.