Accelerate to Industry
To transform graduate education, we’ve designed a bold, new approach to workforce readiness: Accelerate to Industry (A2i)™. With A2i, graduate students can explore the ample employment opportunities with industry companies here on our NC State Centennial Campus, in North Carolina and across the US. They can develop the business, leadership and communication skills that companies seek.
One of our signature programs, the annual Summer Immersion, introduces participants to potential careers in industry through an intensive week-long experience. Scroll down to learn more about this year’s Immersion Week or visit the Apply webpage starting on March 1 to apply for this event.
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Our mission is to show NC State graduate students, postdocs, and alumni the wide range of available industry careers, to help them secure industry jobs, and to empower them to hit the ground running in the corporate environment by demonstrating key competencies that are not usually learned through graduate training.
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Regardless of your discipline or graduate degree level, the A2i approach will support your ability to make the academia-to-industry transition through a variety of modules that offer a range of training experiences.
These modules can be completed in any order, and you will experience the benefits of A2i by completing any one, without necessarily completing all of them.
This module is an 8-week development series that offers industry professionals opportunities to participate in workshops, career panels, and presentations that support participants in their efforts to market their abilities to industry companies.
We selectively recruit graduate and postdoctoral researchers in response to each company’s specific recruitment needs. Our recruitment methods ensure that participants in the site visit are interested in building their careers with the respective company.
This module establishes opportunities for industry companies to work directly with NC State Graduate School for recruitment. More than advertising, we recruit outstanding candidates who match internship criteria, and we prepare applications portfolios to assist company liaisons with the selection process.
This practicum is a 12-week development series during which NC State University graduate students and postdocs learn to leverage their technical backgrounds and creativity to move ideas and projects forward as a part of a cross-disciplinary team. Each partnering company will work with a multidisciplinary team on a project that is relevant to the company. Moreover, we recruit the team members in response to the company’s needs.
This is an intensive experiential learning opportunity that prepares NC State graduate students, postdocs, and alumni for the corporate environment. The Accelerate to Industry Immersion module includes a week-long immersion experience for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers that includes signature A2i content along with events and activities unique to the Immersion Week.
A2i modules offer a broad range of activities that will expose you to numerous companies that span the major industry sectors, to insights into corporate culture, to tactics that can be used to secure jobs, and to strategies that will support your long-term career success.
- Multidisciplinary team projects completed in collaboration with industry companies
- Leadership presentations from renowned industry professionals
- Company site visits and company fairs
- Internships and networking sessions
- Development workshops and career panels
- Professional photo sessions
The professional skills I developed and the knowledge I obtained during the Industry Immersion Week at NC State helped me build confidence for transition to my new academic career, and enabled me to interact more effectively with people in my workplace, industry, and beyond. The Industry Immersion Week is a powerhouse to unleash your potentials, and to Think and Do! – Naim Montazeri, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Food Virology, University of Florida)
A2i modules will also offer you training in the following key business and professional areas:
Moreover, A2i modules include opportunities for you to receive support in the following areas:
- Personal branding and networking
- LinkedIn use and interviewing
- Resume and cover letter writing
- Personal and research elevator pitches
Hit the ground running in the corporate environment.
The A2i Immersion module includes a one-week experience that offers signature A2i content along with the unique events and activities below. The Immersion Week will run July 28 through August 2, 2019, and it is open to late-stage doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and alumni who hold a Ph.D. from NC State.
The application period for the summer 2019 A2i Immersion Week opened March 1, 2019. Please visit the Apply page for additional details.
Leverage your technical background and creativity as a part of a multidisciplinary team.
The A2i Industry Team Practicum is a 12-week development series that is intended to endow NC State graduate students and postdocs with strategies and knowledge that enhances their ability to work as cross-functional operators within diverse teams, to enhance their ability to land jobs, and to better navigate their careers.
The first projects for this module are planned for the fall 2019 semester. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers will be recruited for projects based upon the needs of partnering companies.
Position yourself to find and secure industry jobs.
The A2i Industry Job Search Strategies module is a half-semester development series meant to provide NC State graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and alumni who hold a graduate degree with practical strategies that can be applied to seek and successfully compete for industry jobs.
Registration for this fall 2019 development series will open in April 2019.
Engage with companies that are interested to hire you.
The A2i Industry Site Visit module offers NC State graduate students, postdocs, and alumni who hold a graduate degree from NC State an opportunity to interact with professionals from industry companies during on-site visits. Site visits also serve as an opportunity for industry companies to recruit top NC State talent.
Each semester we coordinate with local companies to invite graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and alumni based upon the company's recruitment needs. Recently, we hosted several Nike staff as a part of the first A2i Site Visit.
Collect relevant work experience and evaluate companies as future employers.
The A2i Industry Internship module establishes opportunities for industry companies to work with the Graduate School to recruit NC State graduate and postdoctoral researchers for internship opportunities, and for those students and researchers to evaluate companies as prospective employers.
We do more than advertise internships within the NC State community. We recruit outstanding candidates who strongly match the internship criteria to apply, and we further work with company staff to coordinate on-campus or on-site interviewing for internship openings, if desired.